Wow...tell us how you really feel. He certainly had a lot to say. As with most reality shows, I like the first season or two...then it's just drama. I'd love to hear more about his experience on DWTS because I watch that show--I lost interest in the Apprentice long before the celebrities entered the mix. Speaking of DWTS, I love how the winner was a former reality show "star." Yes...these are our best and brightest shining stars. OY.
I think there's a good debate to be had - who was the most influential reality contestant of all time; Richard Hatch or Omorosa?
How is it not Hatch? No Hatch, no "alliances" immediately becoming a factor in every subsequent season of Survivor, and in so many other shows (Big Brother, TAR, etc.)
Loved this: "For one “task,” Donald Trump asked us to create a Macy’s store display and print ads for his new fragrance. . . . I got fired for coming up with the slogan “You Earned It.” They thought that slogan was “pompous.” My slogan for a perfume with Donald’s picture on it called “Success” was deemed pompous. Wow."
And once again, I'm reminded that Fox's great Apprentice parody, "My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss" needs to come to DVD.
The case for Omorosa would be that she influenced non-competition reality shows as well - the entire Real Housewives franchise would seem to owe her a debt.
I think the bigger influence there is Puck on the Real World.
And once again, YES.
I'm glad you brought up Puck, because when I think of reality shows, I think of the Real World. Was that not the first reality show of our generation? They should re-run the first season; I'd watch it. It was filmed a few blocks from where I worked post-college; it's worth watching it just to see how the neighborhood has changed since then (Soho)...wow. It was the pre-Starbucks era. When the East Village was still edgy. When the meat packing district actually had a Western Beef store--right on 14th and 9th. Now there's an Apple Store on that corner. Ah...I miss the early 90s. Sorry to go off on a tangent.
There is still at least one Western Beef store in the Meatpacking District (16th between 9th and 10th, right next to Highline Ballroom). It's kind of a weird outlier.
Real World: San Francisco was the third season, and other than the first one (NY) it's the one with the largest cultural impact, between Puck and Pedro.