‘The Celebrity Apprentice’: George Takei, Tia Carrere talk boardroom drama

George talked about his team.

Sunday night’s episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice” was in many ways the TV equivalent of a hammer to the gut — mostly because there was drama pouring bleeding out through both the men and women’s teams over the course of the night. For the men, a simple statement about Penn Jillette wanting to bring Lou Ferrigno back into the boardroom erupted into an outburst, while on the women’s team Lisa Lampanelli’s management style brought out plenty of frustration and resentment.

On Wednesday, we had the change to speak with two of the contestants from this season about some of what went down, and their responses brought to a light a good bit about the dynamics of each team moving forward.

George Takei, on Penn saying that he would bring him and Lou back into the boardroom:

“We know that two people have to be called back in if [we lose] — and this is a big if, a purely hypothetical situation. I was kind of surprised that Lou got so agitated by that. It was not the real thing. Lou I think has a bit of insecurity about his hearing, and he started to go into all that fuss.

“I knew that this is the way the game goes, and [my lack of anger was] particularly because I have such an admiration for Penn. He’s a real hero of mine — one of the gifts that I got from this whole experience was meeting Penn, and we’re planning on having lunch when I make it to Las Vegas next.”

Tia Carrere, on if she felt that a divide was starting to form between some of the women (in particular Lisa Lampanelli, Aubrey O’Day, and to a lesser against Teresa Giudice against everyone else):

“Well, I think it’s very apparent that there are people who know how to play to the camera and get their voices heard. There are others of us that have a much more understated style, and unfortunately that gets mistake for weakness or any sort of malleability. It’s easy for them to marginalize.

“But [in this past challenge] Lisa was the project manager and she [could] do as she saw fit, as is anyone’s prerogative when they are project manager. I didn’t take it personally, but it was hard by design since we were in two separate vehicles. That made it very difficult to communicate, especially with someone who is hard to communicate with in the first place.”

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