became the second contestant voted off The Apprentice: Los Angeles
last night. After a long and intense boardroom, Carey was fired by Mr. Trump for poor judgment regarding a swimsuit design. However, it seems as if Carey got the short end of the stick. Carey, in an exclusive interview, tells us what really happened.
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How big a shock was it to learn about the losing team living in the tents, and how bad was it actually living out there?
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Big shock. The people on the show are very successful, they're six-figure people already. I, for one, have never been camping a day in my life. Camping to me is a nice cabin in the mountains - air conditioning, jacuzzi, cable TV. That, to me, is as rustic as it gets. So, when we got to the house and learned that we'd be living in tents - - not happy. For me, it's very difficult to be in a tent, on a cot at night, in the cold, and wake up and try to shave and shower in cold water, use a port-a-potty. That's really interesting. I don't think most business people ever do that one day in their lives. How do you come back form that? Once you're a loser, you'll always be a loser, unless you can find a way to come back from it.
How big of a disadvantage was it for your team to compete against people who had been getting pampered inside the mansion?
It's a big disadvantage. When we first got there it was very koom bay ah-ish; pulling out the guitar by the bonfire and whatnot. But after sitting in the heat all day and not being able to do things, and just sitting in the backyard, you become disgruntled and irritable. We had some fun moments, but after awhile it was like "I really don't want to be here right now. I really want to be inside with the air conditioner." It's hot in LA during the summer. The advantage is that they had an ability to get a good night's rest and a nice breakfast, compared to our granola bars.
Most people don't prepare for a business meeting by coming out of the woods. It just doesn't happen.
What were your first-hand impressions of Donald and Ivanka Trump?
Trump's big, very big. I had no idea he was that tall. But, he is sort of a gentle giant, outside of, I guess, the Rosie feud. He's really nice. Really real. What you see is what you get. And that's it. He's not stuck on himself. He's not stuck on flashing the bling-bling. He's just him.
Ivanka is drop dead gorgeous. She is beautiful. I think she's a little...she's a little mean and aggressive towards people. Not personally towards me, but I 've seen how she's come off on the show and...I think that may just be her. She may be getting a bad rap, but I think that's just probably her. She's probably is that cutthroat and vicious. But she has to be, just look at who her father is.
Last night's episode focused on the pink swimsuit your team designed and, ultimately, led to you being fired. Was that whole situation portrayed in a fair manner?
I designed a lot of bathing suits, not just that one. Two of the girls bathing suits and all of the guys ones. It sucks because the show was basically about the pink bathing suit. The episode was even titled "Pink is the New Black". Quite frankly, I'm in marketing. We didn't get a chance to use my qualifications in that. It's a creative task, it's about being as creative as you want to be. And, what you don't see is me picking out the fabrics, you don't see me designing the guys suits, or saying "Hey, let's come up with three different types of bathing suits for three different sections of America or a broad range of consumers."
You don't see the fact that Trina Turk has a store in Palm Springs and that 70% of the male consumers that shop there are gay. If we know that about our client, why wouldn't we want to bring something to the forefront about our client to help sell it. You don't see that and it comes off as, "Carey's gay and so he designed this bathing suit that would just be about gay people." I designed the women's suits too and you don't see footage of that.
That's the part that really sucks. And, you know the part that really sucks more? When Trump goes "I think you ram-rodded these designs down their throat," and then he asked Michelle about it. You could see the hesitation on her face, and you could see her think about it, and she realized it was her out, so she went with it. And you can see Nicole, you can see her turn away, because she knows none of that is true, but she doesn't say anything, nothing at all in the boardroom.
You don't see the footage of them approving the designs or anything like that. It really sucks. It''s hard. It's hard to come off as this guy who just designs small bathing suits, because that isn't the case.
Can you describe the boardroom experience?
It's much longer in real life. Much, much longer. It's hot in there, to begin with, because of all the cameras and the lights. Trump tries to take the time to really get to know you, but, on the other hand, he's already made up his mind on the people he likes and who he doesn't like.
We actually went round for round and toe-to-toe in there about Michelle not standing up on her own, unable to make decisions, and you see some of that, but you don't really see the other people on team when they talk about it; when you are there, when you're not there. I think they tell the story the way they want to tell it.
You don't see me, for instance, saying to the team when they tell me to put on the swimsuit that I don't want to wear it and I'm not going to be on the runway. You only see me on the runway, wearing the suit. There was a whole debate to that. I'm not a model, I've never walked down a runway in my life. But, when you see me on the runway, smiling, you think "Oh, this guys really loves his suit." I understand marketing and know that you have to sell it; that's why I'm smiling, although I'm nervous as all get-out. I can't let you see that though, because I'm selling the suit.
I wish people could see all the footage from the show, because they'd go, "Oh, that shouldn't have happened last night." It is what it is, you know.
What are your plans for the future?
I am, oddly enough, launching a swimwear line. Blue Motion Squared, BlueMotionSquared.com; it's launching February 1. It will be board shorts, by the way, just so everybody knows. And I'm kind of challenging Trump on this. If the short is a loser, it's a loser, but I will definitely be showing my quarterly earnings to Trump.
Um, I got a couple calls from modeling agencies this morning, which was...unique and different. Although I hate when people write books about being on shows, I'm probably going to write a book and call it "Another Apprentice Book", because there are so many out there. It'll be about the processes of perception and being...kind of like a mini-tell all, if you will.
Life will be great. It will be fun.
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