April 11, 2011 12:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Richard Hatch may have been able to outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition on CBS’ Survivor, but when it came time to take his skills from the beach to the boardroom on the NBC reality show Celebrity Apprentice, Hatch just couldn’t, well — survive! After hearing those dreaded words (“You’re fired!”) from Donald Trump, ironically, for not being able to raise enough money on a challenge, the Survivor winner gave his thoughts on his Celebrity Apprentice experience in his official Exit Interview.
What did Survivor’s Richard Hatch have to say about his Celebrity Apprentice experience? Here’s how the reality TV star responded to NBC’s questions for his official Exit Interview.
1. What was it like hearing the words “You’re fired?”
Ugh… I was so disappointed in not having had a chance to defend myself – which I would have done with gusto.
2. Did you agree with [Donald] Trump’s rationale for your firing? Or did you think one of the other contestants deserved it more?
I understand Mr. Trump’s logic, but I think he made a huge mistake. I’d been working hard to connect with large donors and it was only a matter of time. On every other measure, I had already been performing admirably.
3. What moment or moments on the show were you surprised to see? Were you particularly surprised by anyone’s behavior on the show?
I was often surprised, but never more so than by Gary Busey. He ranged unpredictably from being angry, demanding, and inconsiderate to childlike and playful, always appearing unaware of how he was impacting those of us around him.
4. Do you feel as though you’ve made any lasting friendships and business relationships from the show? With whom?
I hope so. Having spent all of my time on the men’s team, I found myself dearly appreciating different things about all the guys and I hope to stay in touch. I particularly enjoyed getting to know and spend time with Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, Mark McGrath, and John Rich. I’d do anything for any of them. And I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to work with Marlee Matlin, for whom I have developed tremendous respect. I just plain love the woman, and now consider her a friend.
5. What was the best part of your experience? Why?
For me, coming to care for the people I met was a joyful surprise and the best part of this experience.
Celebrity Apprentice airs Sundays at 9|8c on NBC.
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