As he proved during his brief but memorable stint on NBC's The Apprentice, Sam Solovey is a small guy with a larger-than-life personality. In fact, the 27-year-old Internet entrepreneur is such a big presence that he required two — count 'em, two — TV Guide Online interviews. So, as a follow-up to his pre-pink slip chat, we rang up with the nutty obsessor just hours after he proposed to his girlfriend live on the Today show to grill him some more.
TV Guide Online: Which was more nerve-racking: facing The Donald in the Board Room or proposing on national TV?
Sam Solovey: It's funny. When other people are most uncomfortable, that's when I'm comfortable. I'm an intense person, so going into the Board Room was an exhausting process, but I was never nervous. And I wasn't even nervous this morning because I enjoy those opportunities for the challenge. I love that kind of scary moment. It's a thrill to me.
Solovey: No, I have not. TVGO: Will he be invited to the wedding?
Solovey: There's an open invitation. I'll have to talk to my fiancée about our guest list but perhaps there will be an opening for Mr. Trump and his beautiful girlfriend. They may have to sit at a back table though; we have to get the family in first. TVGO: If you were to take a trip to Atlantic City, do you think your luck would be better or worse at a Trump casino?
Solovey: I don't know. We have a tradition around the holidays of going to Atlantic City and staying at Trump Taj Mahal since I was about 13 years old. Maybe that was some type of foreshadowing. TVGO: So far, you've been the most talked about male contestant; Omarosa seems to be the most talked about female. What's your assessment of her contentious relationship with her teammates?
Solovey: Omarosa and I are both from D.C. and we've become very close. I think that, much like me, Omarosa is misunderstood. When people misunderstand someone, they often reject them or alienate them. I think that although she does things to make things difficult with her team, her team does not understand her. Maybe they've never been around a successful black woman before and that throws them off. Omarosa's a tough, brilliant woman who will surely figure out a way — or I should say, her team will figure out a way to embrace whatever discomfort they're feeling towards her. TVGO: Would you hire or work with any of the other contestants again?
Solovey: I would have to somehow gain their respect through some other experience before I would work with any of them. I believe that respect is the center of everything. I've become friendly with many of them; some of them who were most critical of me have actually invited me to do business ventures with them since the show [ended]. That's the irony of the whole thing. TVGO: Do you feel that we didn't get to see the real Sam because of the editing process?
Solovey: You saw a portion of the real Sam. It's 44 minutes of television, so you lose a lot of other things. What are the things that I did that were on the ball? I came very close to selling that lemonade. And if I had the highest quality product and a crystal glass and some live music playing in the background, I would have gotten $1,000 for that lemonade. I was very close. TVGO: What are you up to professionally these days?
Solovey: For the past four years, my business partner and I have owned a newsletter and publishing company based in D.C. called Tech Wires. It's a company that we actually started by passing out flyers in front of hotels. On the side I do charity auctions; I'm a professional auctioneer. TVGO: Your NBC bio says that your true passion is talk radio and that you admire Howard Stern. Has he invited you to do his show?
Solovey: Not yet. I think he would love to, when everything's over, interview Kristi and Katrina and some of the other women. I don't know. I might have an opportunity. It doesn't matter whether you love or hate Howard Stern. He gets beaten down a lot and yet he goes out and does what he sets out to do every day, and I respect that.