While Apprentice winner Kendra Todd already sounds like a Trump Organization flack in her interviews, second-place finisher Tana Goertz calls it like she sees it. In this exclusive Q&A with TVGuide.com, the 37-year-old Mary Kay makeup hawker doesn't gloss over her opinions of her fellow Apprenti, trust us!
TVGuide.com: What happened? You were doing so well until your final task with the Olympics event.
The Olympics task went over beautifully, so I'm not even going to let anyone tarnish that task. It was impeccable. The day of the event, everything ran like clockwork. I just think Mr. Trump knew who he wanted [as the Apprentice] and that was the bottom line.
TVG: Do you think it came down to education?
I don't know. I thought that they would hire a "street smarts" person, because the world wants to see a "street smarts" person succeed. But I'm a little naive.
TVG: Do you think it was because Kendra is a little more polished?
Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? Did you see us? Hello! I'm in Lafayette 148 and she's in a Wal-Mart [outfit]. Don't go there.
TVG: Kendra did seem more, um, restrained. You looked very out of control when you were out to get her about the Pontiac task.
Hey, I set the record straight [at the finale]. I am proud of myself and I don't care how it went down. At least my people know. I had 250 e-mails last night going, "You have GOT to be kidding me. We knew that task had to be you and you set the record straight, baby." I said, "You're damn right." Trump was floored when he saw me going nuts in the boardroom there.
TVG: So you came up with the shape and Kendra did what?
I came up with the shape of the brochure and Craig came up with the colors to evoke the emotion. Kendra designed the CD holder and the business-card holder. It was a collaboration of all three of us. But the No. 1 reason that the CEOs chose [our brochure] was because of the shape. I have worked at the world's largest BMW dealership and I've seen a hell of a lot of brochures; I knew that the shape could not be a square or rectangle. I nailed that one.
TVG: Was the scene with you going home to bed early exaggerated?
Absolutely. I went to bed at 4:45 am and they made it look like it was 1:30. We were all done and the task was done.
TVG: Then what did Kendra do that was so above and beyond the call of duty?
Nothing. That is why I set the record straight on national television. [I got] Kendra to admit that on live television. If Mr. Trump didn't see how persuasive [I was] and how I could sell it... and he didn't want me? Then I don't want him.
TVG: You don't think he'd hire you for a different job?
I'm sure he would. I got a business card about something that he is doing. I don't want to say he had his shot, but... I went there to win that title and I didn't, so I don't know about that.
TVG: Have you talked to Chris or Kristen, who worked under you?
Yeah. We were dancing [and] we had a great time last night. I could never have done it without my team. We are all friends and we all get along. Everything's hunky-dory. This was a unique experience. We all shared very stressful and very trying times and we'll all stay in touch.
TVG: But Chris seemed more than a little annoyed with your comments when he saw them on TV.
Oh, they all were. Nobody knew that I felt that way. But everybody on the show thinks that they are the best. We are all type-A personalities. Nobody wants to think that somebody doesn't approve of them. But I'm a straight shooter and I admit when I am wrong. I apologized to them and said, "I'm sorry that I talked behind your back." But I wanted to bring the Olympics to New York City and I was doing everything in my power to make this a successful event. What didn't get shown was that I got three job offers on that final task. One of them was from the chair of the Committee for the Olympics.
TVG: Are you considering any of those?
Absolutely. I am considering all options right now. You don't get job offers if a task doesn't go over impeccably.
TVG: You were interested in Trump's Miss Universe job, which would've meant a lot of traveling and time away from your family. Would you still pick that or was it just a rush decision?
You bet, that is so my speed, [what] with Mary Kay and enriching women's lives. Give me a break! That is my area of expertise. I would have taken that in a heartbeat. I've got a really supportive husband and great kids that are very self-confident. Me not being home every night isn't going to shake who they are.
TVG: Now, the Hanes task with the Bedazzler...
Oh, god, that was great.
TVG: Great? You drove two hours to Staten Island just for beads!
It was so great. And the beautiful thing about it is that those shirts sold like hot cakes — $54.99 and nobody batted an eye. It worked.
TVG: Your use of profanity during the final task was surprising. Was that just stress?
No. I swear. I'm not going to hide the fact that I swear. I'm a swearer, baby. I get all crazed up. I was the most stressed I'd been through the entire season on that task, but swearing is part of my vocabulary. I don't regret swearing. If you know me, that is part of me.
TVG: Any advice for Kendra on her new gig?
Nope. Nope. Nope. She'll do fine.