When it came to hawking streetcart wieners, Playboy Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon came away as the loser, and thus became the first famous face fired by Donald Trump on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET). TVGuide.com grabbed a few minutes with Tiffany the morning after her televised tanking to talk about why she didn't hail Hugh Hefner, Ivanka-as-Playmate and the "big" news she planned to share... had she stuck around.
Tiffany Fallon: I'm still recovering from my "demise." [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Awww. You did seem genuinely bummed riding away from Trump Tower in the Town Car.
I was. I was surprised that I was so gracious because as soon as I got home, I got really upset, like, "I don't deserve to leave! I was just getting started!" The girls were just getting to know each other and hit their stride, finding each others' strengths and weaknesses....
TVGuide.com: Who would you have fired for the hot-dog task?
Ohh... that's a tough one. I can see why Carol [Alt] and I were in the boardroom. We were the quieter competitors until we got there, and then Carol just let loose — more power to her! But Omarosa was our team leader and we were leaning on her to make the right decisions.
TVGuide.com: I wonder if Omarosa got a free pass from the Donald just because she has that "former Apprentice wannabe" luster.
She does have that established relationship, whereas Carol and I did not. I could see it coming, but it was a shock nonetheless. No one wants to be fired in the first episode.
TVGuide.com: Trump kept saying you should have beseeched Hugh Hefner to pay $10,000 for a hot dog, but even if he had...
We still would have been in the boardroom. It just might not have been me sitting [among the final three]. I thought the same thing, but who's to say that even if Hef had given $5,000, we wouldn't have still been in the boardroom. I had a strategy and that was to be resourceful and to pace myself throughout the competition. I knew that for the very first challenge, I didn't need to blow my biggest, biggest... you know, wallet.
TVGuide.com: I'm sure Freud would have a lot to say about someone who pays $10,000 for a hot dog.
TVGuide.com: Was it just editing or did Nadia Comaneci not say a single word in the boardroom? I tuned in a bit late and had no idea who that seventh lady was.
She was very, very vocal when we were actually partaking in the task and we were in our conference room. She was very witty and very funny. But the boardroom is very daunting, so she probably had the thought, "Speak when spoken to." That's how I approached it. I pride myself in getting along with everyone, so when it came to me being questioned, it was very hard for me. In retrospect, I wish I had been more vocal.
TVGuide.com: Now had you been asked to, would you have employed your sexuality more?
Sure! Why not? When have I ever turned that down! [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Oooh, now I get to ask how you might have done that.
That's a good question because watching the episode, I was like, "Sure, we have a Playmate of the Year and other beautiful women, but how is somebody expecting us to use that?" Besides the obvious?
TVGuide.com: I suppose you could have knotted the T-shirt into a belly shirt, or...
Yeah, but unless you have that rabbit logo hanging around your neck — which I did....
TVGuide.com: You might get arrested!
Exactly. [Laughs] At the end of the day you have to be yourself and conduct yourself like you would at home, and I don't walk around in belly shirts with my chest hanging out.
TVGuide.com: In your professional opinion, does Ivanka Trump have the makings of a centerfold?
Oh, definitely! You know Hef loves blondes.
TVGuide.com: What did you hope to accomplish with your appearance on The Apprentice?
I really was just trying to have fun with the opportunity. I've never turned down a challenge, especially one to promote the Walter Reed Society in a new and good light. I've worked with the veterans, many of our service men and women, and this was one way for me to put them in the spotlight and pay tribute to them.
TVGuide.com: What surprised you most about The Apprentice?
I was expecting to work hard and I was expecting to be a team player and to be treated like a non-celebrity, but it was no cocktail party. It was long, long hours.
TVGuide.com: Who was the biggest backstabber teammate?
I would say Omarosa didn't disappoint when it came to being abrasive.
TVGuide.com: Is there anyone you're still in touch with?
Oh, we're all still in touch! [Country music artist] Trace Adkins is a neighbor of mine, and Jenny Finch and I are regular texters....
TVGuide.com: What's next for you?
I've got a Playboy cover coming out this week. And... I'm five months pregnant. [Laughs] I was pregnant while I was shooting [Apprentice].
TVGuide.com: Oh! Would you have revealed that during the show at some point?
I didn't want to, but the hours were becoming so long and hard on me, I figured, "I've got to tell somebody soon!" It was a blessing in disguise that I left when I did because it was getting hard on the body. It was hard even not being pregnant! I'm looking to take a few months off and have a healthy baby. I think I'm going to name it Trump! [Laughs]
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