It's fair to call The Apprentice's Angie McKnight a fashion victim. After all, she was fired for fumbling that big "wearable technology" presentation by misplacing crucial apparel. Worse yet, Donald Trump repeatedly called Angie and her temperamental teammate Chris "losers." Here, TVGuide.com talks to the 41-year-old multitasker — she's a businesswoman, professional cabaret singer and single mom — to see how she's coping with defeat.
TVGuide.com: You were one of my original picks to win. What the heck happened?
Angie McKnight: Oh, no! Can you believe it? I'm still shocked.
TVG: Let's start with Alex. Why didn't he say anything in the boardroom?
Angie: When you are in the boardroom, less is more. Mr. Trump [considered] Alex such a winner until he came [into the boardroom] with us. If I were Alex, I would have been doing the same thing, sitting there with my mouth shut. Kind of like two tasks ago, when [Trump] said to me, "I promise not to fire you, unless you say something really stupid." I zipped it up and didn't say another word.
TVG: Why do you think you were fired instead of Chris?
Angie: I was sure that Chris would be going home. It really should have been that way. Trump loooooves Chris. [Editor's note: This interview took place before Chris' recent temper tantrum.]
TVG: But he lost the Net Worth team's credit card!
Angie: I know, honey. But Chris is so lovable; he's such a great kid.
Angie: He really is. He tries hard. He's a nut, he's fun and he's got an anger thing. In the boardroom the week before, Mr. Trump told Chris he was a disaster and that he had better straighten it out or [he'd be] going home. So Alex and Chris kind of got together and downplayed each others' faux pas.
TVG: That's weird, because last week they were at each other's throats.
Angie: Right! But you have to give Alex a little bit of credit; he was very smart to have me do [the presentation]. You get [to this show] and Carolyn and George say to you, "This is not a game; this is a job interview." But ultimately, it is a game. I treated it like a job interview. I gave everything 200 percent. I wasn't in fear and didn't try to fly under the radar. I got in there, got dirty and took on responsibility, knowing that if we lost, I would be responsible. But that's how I live my life.
TVG: You became sort of a surrogate mother to some of your younger teammates. Was that weird?
Angie: It was a little odd in the beginning, but my age and experience really helped me. You can't trade that in. Chris is my son's age. He's got the passion and he's got the heart, but he doesn't have the experience. That's why he's so rough around the edges. And that's especially why Trump is so forgiving with him. You've gotta love him. He's just a little brute. Toward the end there, he was calling me "Mama." Then Alex tried it and I said, "Honey, my last boyfriend was your age, so don't even."
TVG: You're also a cabaret singer. Why didn't that help your presentation?
Angie: I am quite accomplished in that field, so the presentation thing was a little hard [to watch]. I get up in front of thousands of people and sing. I don't have a problem presenting.
TVG: Are you an American Idol fan?
TVG: Does it bother you that Simon is always down on cabaret performances?
Angie: No. What are you going to do with Simon? Some of the great cabaret artists are Broadway performers. Anybody can do a cabaret act, but to be at [certain clubs] is a different level. So I don't really listen to Simon too often. I do love to hate him.
TVG: You also own two Curves gyms for women.
Angie: It is the best thing. Thirty minutes and you are out. No M&M's — no men and no mirrors. The women love it.
TVG: So you're already pretty successful. Why'd you want to go on The Apprentice?
Angie: It was a complete fluke. My daughter and I watched the first season and loved it. Then, the second season, whatever. Then, I'm lying in bed sleeping and my alarm goes off and Trump is on the radio talking about auditions, telling people to come on down and wait in line. I was like, "I'd be so good on that show, but I don't wait in line." Then they said the next 15 callers would win a VIP pass, so I didn't get out of bed, I grabbed my phone and won a pass. Then I was like, I'm going to be on The Apprentice. I knew it. I'm great.
TVG: What did you think of your competition this season?
Angie: I was a little underwhelmed. Some of the people I was underwhelmed with are still on the show.
TVG: Who was the hardest person to work with?
Angie: The hardest person to work with or the one I liked the least? Because it is different... Craig was the hardest person to work with. He is awful to work with.
TVG: Now you have to tell me who you didn't like!
Angie: [Laughs] I hated Stephanie. Ugh. She is just a nothingburger. I hate to even say "Stephanie" because I don't want to give her any press. She's devoid of any personality and depth and any compassion for people. I love people — even Kristin! At least she's got spunk.
TVG: Would you do another reality show?
Angie: Oh, god, no. Ack! But if Mark Burnett and Donald Trump are serious about doing The Apprentice: The Musical, I need to be starring in that.