TVGuide.com: So you cried in the boardroom. Where has that sensitive side been hiding?
Chris Shelton: Nobody got to see that very often.
TVG: No, we only saw Angry Chris.
Chris: Yeah, angry, angry, angry.
TVG: Do you have a tendency to cry in public?
Chris: The whole [Apprentice] thing is just so emotionally draining: going from day to day with sleep deprivation; not knowing what the next task is going to be; not knowing if you are going to win or lose or who is getting fired; and you have to go after each other in the boardroom, fighting with your friends. It was such an emotional release when I was told, "You are fired. It is over."
TVG: After appearing the boardroom seven straight times, were you surprised to go home?
Chris: Not necessarily. I had been in there so many times and, at this point, I knew I had to be the project manager and step up. If I was not successful on the task, I felt very confident that I was inevitably going to be fired.
TVG: During the pizza task, you and Alex were at each other's throats. The very next week, you were best friends. What's up with that?
Chris: We were always good friends. That was just a spat that was blown out of proportion. It was just a disagreement and it wasn't as big a deal as it was made to look like.
TVG: Are you surprised by any of the comments made about you, like how people were scared of you?
Chris: No. You know what? You get in there and everybody is there to win. There are people who are willing to kind of stab you in the back. I was prepared for that mentally. In reality, I'm friends with all of them.
TVG: As I've been interviewing people, some commented on your temper, but others just said you were a great kid. Who is the real Chris?
Chris: I am just a very passionate individual who is just very much about life. That passion [is] sometimes perceived as being angry.
TVG: Trump advised you to control your temper. Then we heard you were arrested for disorderly conduct. Doesn't sound like you listened.
Chris: It was not appropriate of me to be raising my voice. But there was a disagreement between myself and a manager at the [Hard Rock] hotel [in Tampa]. It escalated so quickly and was blown so far out of proportion, it was ridiculous. There was no reason for the arrest; there was really no reason for any of it. It was all uncalled for. I live in Vegas and I'm used to a lot of hospitality, especially when you are spending a significant amount of money in a hotel. They didn't really show that hospitality, and it was quite disappointing. That's what the conflict was.
TVG: Did they give you a hard time because they recognized you from The Apprentice?
Chris: I wouldn't want to go down that road and say that, but you never know. Maybe Hard Rock isn't getting enough publicity and this was a great opportunity for them. But let me tell you, they surely knew who I was. After I was arrested, I talked to a couple of friends. [They said that] when the [cops] threw me in the car, [the hotel staff] were all laughing, "Oh, it's the guy from The Apprentice. Ha, ha, ha."
TVG: Are you working on controlling your temper?
Chris: Absolutely. In life, I think we all have certain issues that we have to work on just to become better people. That is one of my issues that I have to keep in check.
TVG: Have you considered talking to a therapist?
Chris: No. I don't think that is even necessary. I just have to check myself on a daily basis.
TVG: Chewing tobacco was another thing The Donald told you to stay away from. How has that been going?
Chris: I quit for about three and a half months. Recently, I've kind of been on and off. Maybe about a week ago, I had a dip or two every now and then, but nothing like before. Presently, I'm not [chewing] at all.
TVG: Trump and Carolyn really had a soft spot for you. Think there's still a job prospect there?
Chris: I would love to work with him, not for him.
TVG: Are you hoping to get your own TV show out of this?
Chris: Noooooo! I'm not interested at all. I'm interested in what pays the bills every day and what got me on the show — that's my success in real estate. I don't want to be famous at all.
TVG: OK. Well, stay out of trouble.
Chris: [Laughs] I will try very hard.