La Toya Jackson butters up "Apprentice" boss Donald Trump

Fri Mar 25, 2011 3:56pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It never hurts to praise the boss, so when "The Celebrity Apprentice" contestant La Toya Jackson talks about the show, among the things she says is that Donald "You're Fired" Trump is really "a wonderful person."

"He'll probably kill me for saying this, but I think he just likes to come off hard sometimes, because he really isn't, not at all," she said of Trump, the real estate mogul turned reality TV star.

The latest season of "Celebrity Apprentice," in which performers compete in business-oriented games to see who will be an "apprentice" in Trump's real estate empire, premiered earlier this month with Jackson assigned to a women's team called "A.S.A.P." alongside music icon Dionne Warwick, television personality Star Jones and many others.

While she says, "I love that guy," about Trump, she has some choice words about Jones.

"I've got to say Star is very difficult, very difficult and I'm going to tell you like it is," Jackson said.

In the shows that have aired so far this season, Jones has clashed with fellow contestant, actress Lisa Rinna. And the tension between Jones and Jackson has been evident.

The singer and sister to the late Michael Jackson told Reuters this week that she enjoys being on reality shows such as "Apprentice," because it has helped her overcome shyness.

So far this year, the contestants have had to run a New York City pizza joint, write a children's book and perform it as a play, and create a sales promotion for recreation vehicles and camping equipment. Contestants compete for charity, and a series winner is picked at the end of each season.   Continued...

<p>Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya Jackson, arrives to court as a preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray continues in Los Angeles, California, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/David McNew</p>