Fired candidate Derek says The Apprentice “has jumped the shark”

Apprentice 6 candidate Derek Arteta, who was fired last week after calling himself “white trash,” says he was fired because Trump “had a really bad day.” He also notes that Trump’s rationale was hypocritical considering Trump’s name-calling feud with Rosie O’Donnell.

Derek, who says he was a Big Brother semi-finalist once and was recruited for The Apprentice, also says that “[t]he whole show has jumped the shark this season” this season.

But Derek’s interview with suggests that the show is very interesting, it’s just that we don’t actually see any of that. For example, he says that Trump “did joke around with me a lot — mostly about the gay thing, though. … We were at the Playboy Mansion and I was in the grotto with two half-naked girls, and he walks back there and says, ‘Hey ladies, you have nothing to worry about with Derek.’ [Laughs.] It was just that kind of joking relationship.”

Why didn’t that scene make it on the show? Similarly, it’s unfortunate that his conversation with Muna didn’t make it on the air. She told that despite her religiosity, she was fine with his sexual orientation, saying, “‘Derek, you know they actually kill guys in Jamaica; they beat them up for being gay.’ … And she’s like, ‘I may catch some heat if they show you and I being terribly friendly with each other. … I’d love to do a PSA with you in Jamaica or something.’” Derek says that Muna is “just such a beautiful person. She restored my faith in people of faith, to some extent. I have such an anti-organized religious bias because of all the stuff they spout off. But she restored my faith in Christian people.”

On a lighter note, he says that during the honey challenge, “They cut out this part of the show, but we actually bottled the honey ourselves. It was like something out of an episode of I Love Lucy. It was a fiasco.” Why was that cut? Probably because, as Derek said, Trump “likes to play like it’s a real job interview” and producers “just take it so seriously.” Unfortunately for NBC and the show’s ratings, the result is seriously boring.

Interview With Derek Arteta of The Apprentice [After Elton]

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