Martha “can’t believe people behave like” the “inappropriate contestants we are actually going to have to hire”

Martha Stewart is doing her best to dissociate herself from the show that bears her name–and the lackluster candidates she has to select from on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. In an interview with Business Week, she says,

“Yeah, we’re getting close to which of those inappropriate contestants we are actually going to have to hire. I can’t believe people behave like that. They’re exhibitionists and opportunists, those kids. I did not choose them either, by the way. I just want you to know I had nothing to do really with the choice of the contestants. That’s part of reality television.”

Of her show’s producer, Donald Trump, she notes that they’re not “close friends, but we are friendly to one another. I always like people who are themselves. Donald is himself. You see it on TV. He’s the same person on TV that you know in person — the same guy. He’s not an actor. He’s not a fake. And his hair really is horrible. When I get close to him, I just want to [get] the scissors.”

She also says she did the show simply because “it would get attention.” She insists “it was just a job. I got paid a fee. I have no participation in the show.”

Martha: I’m Still a “Visionary” [Business Week]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.