“The Celebrity Apprentice” 2012 winner, Arsenio Hall, said in a post-show interview that one of the reasons Donald Trump chose him to take home the $250,000 for his charity was because he saw some of himself in him.
Arsenio won the show over Clay Aiken Sunday night in the finale challenge. Fans everywhere thought Clay had the win in his favor, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Why does Arsenio think Donald Trump picked him over Clay Aiken? He credits part of his win for studying up on Trump. He read one of his books and noted how he dealt with his enemies. He said that when the cameras weren’t rolling he talked a great deal to “The Celebrity Apprentice” boss about his feelings towards Aubrey O’Day. They had issues halfway through the show until the end. He compared himself to Trump and even thinks Trump saw the same qualities in him.
Arsenio observed that Trump goes after his enemies:
“He crushes his enemies, and when he asked me in the board room why I approached Aubrey in the way that I did, I said I am sick of a lot of things, I described a lot of those things to him, some of them couldn’t be aired, but the bottom line is, I tried to handle projects and problems the way Donald Trump does. I think I won because — and this is going to sound strange to America — but I think he sees a little bit of himself in me. I am the Nubian Trump without the wallet!”
That’s an interesting way to put it, Arsenio. Is he right? Mr. Trump was certainly impressed with Arsenio Hall’s competition during “The Celebrity Apprentice” 2012 season. There’s an element of truth that since he’s the one to choose the winner ultimately, it only makes sense that he has to relate to the finalist in some way.