Michelle Sorro, a real estate consultant based in California, offered her resignation to Mr. Donald Trump at the end of last night’s episode of The Apprentice: LA. (You can read about it here.) She became only the second contestant to ever quit on The Apprentice, a dubious honor for which Donald Trump gave her hell for (in front of a national audience). To Michelle’s credit, she took the situation in stride, never became flustered, never waffled after initially quitting, and walked away with dignity. Michelle was kind enough to sit down with us here at BuddyTV to discuss how she got involved with The Apprentice, how she felt she was portrayed on the show, and what her plans are for the future. How did you get involved with The Apprentice?
Basically I was watching the show and Donald Trump was announcing that he was coming to Los Angeles. So, I went online to check the audition dates, which is crazy because I never thought I would ever try and be on a reality TV show, but I guess I thought it’d be cool, if that makes any sense. And, you know, I considered it a grandiose opportunity and I always believed that I would make it on. It never felt like a challenge. It was always, “I’m going to do that.” And, I certainly had a grandiose experience, didn’t I? How did you react to the new changes on The Apprentice? I underestimated the new twists and turns and I didn’t realize how difficult they would be on the spirit of a team, especially on a team that was just on a losing roll. For three weeks, which was my experience, we were out in the tents, in the rain, taking cold showers (which they never, ever admitted to, on air) and using outhouses as our bathrooms. We thought the show was going to be a job interview, but it was a lot more. It was a little hardcore on the spirit. After enough time, and with the losing, it really weighed on me and I underestimated it all. You said that you were out there for three weeks. It seems like a lot less watching the episodes. They don’t show that its three or four days to work on a task or that there are at least two nights where you don’t sleep. You spend 48 hours totally deprived, no sleep. Any person put into that situation, it’s dire. The whole concept of Survivor is based on the same sort of deprivation, but they don’t have to also go and try to impress a billionaire. What were lasting impressions of Donald Trump? I like Trump. In general, he was pretty decent to me and he could have been far, far worse in that final boardroom scene in the way that I exited. He basically just tried for a very long time to talk me out of it, which I thought was impressive. At the end of day he was nothing but good, funny, and relatively decent to me. Do you think you were portrayed accurately? Anyone who gets fired wants say that they weren’t accurately portrayed, but I have to say that I did suck as a PM [Project Manager]. My team who was my team in the tour bus task, they really do like me, they still like me, they always did. So, what happened on my team, it was all pretty accurate. Yeah, there were hours and hours of footage that can’t be shown, but those are just excuses. At the end of the day, I wasn’t powerful in my decision making, I wasn’t well-received, and I was just a dismal PM. It sucked; I have to tell it like it is. When did you decide that you were going to quit the show? I actually made the decision in the midst of the task. I just realized, on the tour bus, that I was failing so badly, I was horrified at my experience. And it just dawned on me; I don’t have to stay. I can choose to leave. It just wasn’t worth it. Do you regret the decision? No, not at all. Are you kidding me? You know, this was shot back in June and July and that decision was a catalyst for me to stop and take inventory of my life and look into other areas where I needed to let go. I went on a whole rampage of, “Sometimes, you’ve got to quit to win.” I’ve quit so many other things in this past year that have just opened up awesome new opportunities, great new health, great relationships. Sometimes, you really do just have to quit to get something that you want. What, exactly, did you quit that turned out so beneficial? I quit my real estate partnership where I was making a quarter million dollars a year to pursue my dream, which is to be a full-time television correspondent. I worked for E!, TLC, several networks and we’re working on a couple of projects right now and I know that within a very short period time I’ll have a full-time, fulfilling television career that could only have happened as a result of me being brave enough to let go of another very secure career. Thanks. Exclusive Interview: Carey Sherrell, 2nd Contestant Fired on The Apprentice Exclusive Interview: Martin Han Clarke, 1st Contestant Fired on The Apprentice

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