We thought The Apprentice's Erin Elmore, 26, could talk or flirt her way out of any jam in the boardroom. Even The Donald seemed to enjoy the spunky corporate attorney's quick wit. But after her incompetence with power tools screwed up last week's Home Depot how-to challenge, Net Worth decided the former beauty queen needed to hang up her crown. Here, TVGuide.com puts Erin under oath for some major questioning.
TVGuide.com: I read on your website that you aren't practicing law anymore.
Erin Elmore: I still have my eye on the "all women for women" law firm because I think it is such an important idea. However, it is such a lofty goal, and it takes a lot of work and money and time and manpower that I just don't have right now. That is definitely still one of my top priorities. Every day I do something to work toward that, but for something like that to come to fruition, it is going to take a lot of work.
TVG: Are you really focusing on a new TV show?
Erin: Inside Philadelphia is going to be a guide to what is going on inside Philadelphia. "So close you thought you bought a plane ticket" kind of thing. It is going to be a lot of fun, but it is still in the very early stages, so I can't give a lot of information away regarding network and things like that.
TVG: And you are modeling as well?
Erin: It is something I've been doing since I was about 18 months old, actually. It is a lot of fun. It is sort of a breath of fresh air, as opposed to law.
TVG: How do your parents feel about your giving up law for an entertainment career?
Erin: My parents are very supportive about any career choices that I make. They were very proud that I became a corporate attorney with two bar examinations passed and under my belt by the time I was 26. They've always been proud of me and are willing to support me in all of my future endeavors.
Erin: The most recent was the Miss Pennsylvania USA pageant, which was owned by Donald Trump.
TVG: Did you meet him there?
Erin: No. I never had any interaction with him until I arrived at [The Apprentice].
Erin: Chris is a very accomplished individual. I think he is very smart and a millionaire at the age of 21. However, Chris uses anger and violence and expletives to communicate because he is not an effective communicator. I was basically just using truth and honesty to illustrate why I should be hired and Chris should not. It is nothing personal.
TVG: Were you ever afraid of him?
Erin: Other people in the suite were afraid of him. I only worked with him for two weeks. I wasn't personally scared of him. But I saw a lot of people say that they were afraid of his violent temper.
TVG: After you were fired, it looked like you wanted to go back in the boardroom to say something. What was it?
Erin: Not at all. It was so nonmaterial. I thought I left my purse in there or something. No drama there.
TVG: In your taxicab confession, you joked about being the new "Tool Time" girl. Would you work for Home Depot?
Erin: I actually have some things in the works with Home Depot. I went there [last week] for Access Hollywood. Home Depot is sort of taking me under its wing because so many women are involved in home improvement. [They] gave me a plaque that said "You're Hired" instead of "You're Fired." I thought that was really sweet. It made me feel pretty good about myself.
TVG: Are you going to take on a how-to project now?
Erin: I would love to. My boyfriend and I are moving into a new condo and we are going to be involved in some serious home improvements. I am going to be spending a lot of my free time at Home Depot in the near future. I want to learn.
TVG: Trump was annoyed that Angie didn't use you for the presentation. Did you offer to do it?
Erin: I actually did. But it was more that I was interacting with the crowd, and she didn't want me to have that role.
TVG: So did you do anything?
Erin: I was there to support my team. I was involved in the presentation from the ground up and with the audience and things of that nature. I did what I could; I wasn't a burden on my team.
TVG: What was your favorite challenge?
Erin: I loved the Fuse TV Rock and Roll auction. It was such a great experience. I got to focus on my on-air capabilities as a VJ, and I was praised for it. It was a blast. [That] has opened a lot of doors for me. I've been proposed with so many opportunities.
TVG: So we'll be seeing you again?
Erin: You have not seen the last of Erin Elmore. Either [I'll be] host of a new show on E! or maybe Mr. Trump will have me back to be his third Apprentice. Maybe he'll say, "Forget Home Depot, you're hired!"