Megan Hauserman, one of the most manipulative and watchable of the competitors on VH1's Charm School, left the show this week after hitting the eavesdropping Brandi M.
"The one thing I cannot stand is violence," Charm School headmaster Sharon Osbourne explained, as she expelled the bikini-prone former contestant on Beauty and the Geek, Rock of Love, and I Love Money.
Hauserman explained that she kicked Brandi M. out of fear that she would hurt her dog, Lily, who has inspired Hauserman's dream of starting a foundation for mentally challenged dogs.
We talked to Hauserman before the airing of her final episode, in which she left with the ultimate kiss-off: "Charm School was a (expletive) nightmare. I can't wait to go back to my best life ever, where I just lay out and tan and eat sushi and tan." Here are the highlights of our talk.
TVGuide.com: So the show's over. What are you working on now?
Megan Hauserman: I'm working on vacationing until next year. And hibernating, like a bear, until spring.
TVGuide.com: What's the next thing you'll do for television?
Hauserman: I don't know yet. It's still up in the air. I don't have anything specific planned at this point - besides watching myself on Charm School.
TVGuide.com: How did you like being on Charm School?
Hauserman: I hated it. It was horrible.
TVGuide.com: But you did pretty well on your previous shows...
Hauserman: I know. But this one was different. It was too confining. There wasn't enough room for me to be myself.
TVGuide.com: Sharon Osbourne really tore into you. Was it strange to have someone in charge who had seen you on the previous shows?
Hauserman: Y'know, I just felt like Sharon was a little overcritical and I just felt like the whole thing was too confining. The whole situation was not fun for me at all.
TVGuide.com: On some of these shows you're sort of portrayed as being out to control everyone else. Do you think that's fair?
TVGuide.com: Were you always a leader or a queen bee?
Hauserman: I like to think so. But I feel like more and more like it's progressively growing in that direction.
TVGuide.com: Is it something you like about yourself or something you'd like to change?
Hauserman: Oh no, I enjoy it. I feel like it's challenging. It's like a mental challenge.
TVGuide.com: Do you ever wake up in the morning and say, I'm going to be really nice to people today?
Hauserman: Oh, I'm nice to people, in real life. Because I surround myself with people I like. I'm just not nice to people there because I don't like them.
TVGuide.com: What would you have done if you'd won the $250,000 on I Love Money?
Hauserman: I would have started my charity for mentally-challenged dogs and spent my life helping them. Like Lily, for example.
TVGuide.com: What kind of mental disability do you think your dog has?
Hauserman: Well, she used to have seizures and I think she just has a really low IQ. And there's a language barrier too.
TVGuide.com: Was your dog raised by Spanish speakers or something?
Hauserman: She is Mexican.
TVGuide.com: You actually got her from Mexico?
Hauserman: No, she came from Ohio, but her origin is Mexico.
TVGuide.com: Was she born in Mexico?
Hauserman: No, but she's a Chihuahua.
TVGuide.com: You've had so many of these shows. When do you think it's time for you to get your own, like an I Love New York where you have guys competing to date you?
Hauserman: I'm very open. I definitely am single and I would love to meet somebody who would be a good match for me. I think that would be a great environment to do so.
TVGuide.com: Any thoughts on any of the other contestants on the show? Is there anybody who really needed to learn from Charm School?
Hauserman: My thoughts are that if Heather hasn't gotten anything by her age, then she never will. If she hasn't improved past where she is then no amount of Charm School will ever help her.
TVGuide.com: Did you get anything out of Charm School?
Hauserman: Yes I did. Cheating is bad. I learned my lesson.