March 2nd, 2011
03:03 PM ET
With a new season of "Celebrity Apprentice" set to launch this Sunday, what are the chances that Charlie Sheen might end up on a future edition of the show?
"I got to know Charlie because he was at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, which is a club I own," Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
According to Trump, he told Brooke Mueller's parents (and members of Mar-a-Lago) that he didn't see their daughter's relationship with Sheen working out, "so I was right about that," the mogul said.
"But I also got to like Charlie. He’s just a different kind of guy. You see that in his interviews," Trump went on. "These interviews are unbelievable entertainment, and that’s probably why he does well in the ratings business. And, while I’m sure we won’t get him on 'Celebrity Apprentice,' we’d love to have him...You never know. Crazier things have happened."
One actor on the cast this season is Gary Busey, who has exhibited more than his share of bizarre behavior over the years. "I call him the mad genius. He's a brilliant guy, a great actor, but he is crazy," said Trump. "[Sheen is] different. Gary's really different."
The promos for the show have revealed that Busey and Meat Loaf come to blows at least once. "There was a period of time where it was so crazy [between the men on the show] that I just sort of snuck out of the room and quietly left and we actually had to call the police," said Trump.
Meat Loaf himself chimed in to say that things seem to have healed between the two: "I just got back from the hospital, I was visiting him."
Another contestant who has gotten a lot of buzz from the show promos is "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes, who said she had no strategy going into "Apprentice."
"Whenever I walk into anything, I want to be myself at the end of the day," she said. "I'm not good at backstabbing, so I knew that wouldn't work for me. I had no strategy. I walked in as NeNe and I walked out as NeNe."
Leakes said that "Celebrity Apprentice" will give viewers the chance to see "the business side of me, but I will still be NeNe, and I will still keep it real."
In fact, she hinted at some of the fireworks to come: "I had loyalty to a person on this show, and when they showed me their true self, it really pissed me off."
She wouldn't say who that person is, but she did have something to say about her fellow contestant, Star Jones. "She's a piece of work, honey, I'll tell you that," Leakes said. "Anybody that's sitting around all day telling you, 'My friends are lawyers and doctors and A-list celebrities' - cut the phony bull- with me, I don't have time for it."
Despite all that, Leakes said some of the people on the show will remain her "friends forever."
Of course, no interview with Trump these days can happen without addressing his recent interest in possibly running for president. One thing you won't see is Trump the candidate hosting a reality show at the same time: "I will not make a decision until after the show is finished for the season. I will announce, one way or the other, sometime prior to June."
He already has one vote. After watching Trump's speech to CPAC in February, Meat Loaf said, "I was ready to get on the campaign bus."
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