At the end of an episode that featured a first for NBC's The Apprentice (Mondays at 9 pm/ET) two players took a leave of absence to celebrate the Jewish new year it was psychotherapist Theresa Boutross who got the boot, having generated not nearly enough horsepower on behalf of the new Chevy Tahoe. TVGuide.com asked Theresa about her boardroom booboo, that god-awful comedienne her team hired, and the one player for whom she has lost all respect.
TVGuide.com: I thought it was a little bizarre that they had a task planned over Rosh Hashanah. What was the feeling amongst the candidates when you realized that was going to be a factor in this task?
Theresa Boutross: We were all a little shocked, but god, that's great television, isn't it? Lose two of the members on your team and not only do it over high holiday, but do it on Long Island, where it was almost impossible for us to get caterers or anything? I guess it all was just to add to the challenge and the drama.
TVGuide.com: But maybe that's something Trump should have pointed out when you were picking teams in the premiere: "Remember, Rosh Hashanah is coming up...."
Theresa: Yes, Gentiles weren't necessarily aware of that. Someone asked me how I felt, and I said that the bottom line was that if we were going to be shooting over Christmas, I would make a determination before I came [on the show about] whether I would be working on Christmas, and my answer would have been yes. Lenny and I agree on very few things, but on that I actually agreed with him. There were Jewish individuals on the other team, also Allie's Jewish, and Brent is Jewish.
TVGuide.com: Oh, Brent is many things.
Theresa: Brent is many things. There were a lot of [Jewish] people, but it basically became all about our team. It was a big hit for us, because Lee and Dan are very talented individuals.
TVGuide.com: Lenny and Bryce had quite a squabble. Did you fear the two of them alone might kick-start a new cold war?
Theresa: [Laughs] It would be good, wouldn't it? Although through the editing, I don't think America gets to see all of who Lenny truly is.
TVGuide.com: In my first Q&A for this season, Summer said that Lenny is the one to watch. OK, so I'm sitting here each week waiting to see this guy do something.
Theresa: "Something" would be the key word, too. He does nothing, but the editing shows him doing everything. I'm actually shocked they've been able to get complete sentences out of him because every other word out of his mouth has to be bleeped.
TVGuide.com: Did you second-guess your decision not to bring Charmaine into the boardroom?
Theresa: Oh, absolutely! You know what, though? Look at last season with Rebecca and Toral. In the third week, Rebecca didn't bring Toral into the boardroom and Mr. Trump commended her loyalty. I did the same thing and got fired for it.
TVGuide.com: I can't wait until Charmaine gets kicked off, so my story can be titled [omitted; you will just have to wait for it].
Theresa: [Laughs] I like it!
TVGuide.com: I have to assume that viewers didn't see the worst of that comedienne who worked the Tahoe event?
Theresa: I was shocked by many of the jokes they did let get through, to be honest with you. But I don't know that she was actually that much more vulgar.
TVGuide.com: Well, we got the general sense that A) she worked blue and B) she was bad.
Theresa: She would be funny someplace else at another time. I assume she was instructed to be "highbrow" and to incorporate the car into the event. She was supposed to be more of an emcee, talking about the car and cracking jokes, but instead her routine became more about early-morning sex.
TVGuide.com: Ironically, she's the only one who was left laughing... all the way to the bank with $1,700 cash in her pocket.
Theresa: Yes, she did. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Your NBC bio says you like to "live life from a place of mutual respect." For whom on The Apprentice did you lose all respect?
Theresa: I certainly lost respect for Lenny, but I don't know if I ever had respect for Lenny. I absolutely lost respect for Tarek, who blatantly lied on national television. He truly is an opportunist and if I had to give him a name although I don't want to give him more attention he's the male Omarosa. He's a liar.
TVGuide.com: Your list of favorite movies includes Breakfast at Tiffany's... and Saw. That's quite a double bill.
Theresa: I know, isn't it? And that's really my personality, truly. I love to be scared and I also love something that really evokes strong emotion for me. With Breakfast at Tiffany's, I love the fantasy of it all the way she lives, what she does, the social aspect of it. I have a dark and a bright side.
TVGuide.com: But could Audrey Hepburn have extricated herself from one of Saw's head-clamp traps?
Theresa: [Laughs] I doubt she could.
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