Can a leopard-print-loving reality star change her spots?
Can the fiery Teresa Giudice really rebrand herself as a quiet, thoughtful entrepreneur who works well with others and is happy to be in the background?
During a teleconference about "The Celebrity Apprentice" earlier this week, Donald Trump – who also had contestants Dayana Mendoza and Paul Teutul Sr. on the line – suggested that the old Giudice will reappear.
"Well, I don't want to give much up, but as Dayana can tell you and Paul can tell you, she gets wild very soon," said Trump.
He conceded that he'd been baffled by how different Giudice, who lives in Montville, has been on his show compared with her image on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." Yes, she was seen on the NBC show flipping a table at Medieval Times in Lyndhurst a few Sundays ago – but that scripted re-creation was part of a challenge to raise money for charity.
"It's surprising to me that she's not more volatile," Trump said. "She's much different than I thought she would be. She's a very quality person. I thought she'd be a total wild woman … and really she's not. I mean, she's more reserved, and I think it's a lot different than when you see her on the other show. I don't know why. I'm not sure if it's rebranding or just that she's maybe … a little bit intimidated by some of the other people. It's a tough group."
'She has her moments'
Pressed about her impending, er, relapse, Trump said, "Yeah, she has her moments."
"Yeah, she has crazy moments," Teutul confirmed. "But still, she's more quiet than I would have thought, more subdued."
Trump and the others tackled a variety of questions, including why everyone on the men's team wants to get rid of Lou Ferrigno.
"Lou's a lovable guy. … And who could not like him?" Teutul began. "Everybody has a great deal of respect for him. And thus far, you know, maybe he's just been having a hard time with the tasks that we've been doing."
Said Trump, "From my standpoint, I can tell you this. Lou has been wanting to get on this show for three seasons. He has called me incessantly, 'Please put me on the show.' … He's wanted to be on so badly and he's so intense and … I think that actually hurts him, because he tries so hard that it actually turns off Paul and other people."
As for Trump's firing of two people (Adam Carolla and Michael Andretti) last Sunday, he said, "This is the largest cast we've ever had. We have 18 people, and we have 15 [episodes]. So at some point we had to fire two people and this just seemed like the appropriate time."
Of course, Trump also did some horn-tooting, saying that "The Celebrity Apprentice" had created stars (Piers Morgan) and revived careers (Joan Rivers).
He called Mendoza a "star" who's destined for "big things."
When Mendoza was asked how she got along with the other women, Trump jumped in to suggest that things between her and comic Lisa Lampanelli weren't always so great.
"Well, so far, so good for what you guys can see right now," Mendoza said. "I think you're going to see things exploding very soon, probably next Sunday."
That would be tonight.
Will the bomb be detonated by Lampanelli – or by a certain "recovering" wild woman from New Jersey?
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