Feb. 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM ET
On Sunday night's "Celebrity Apprentice" season premiere, supermodel-turned-businesswoman Cheryl Tiegs admitted to boardroom boss Donald Trump that she was shy and quiet and wasn't sure if she was cut out for the job. It was an opinion shared by the stars on her losing team, and it led Trump to fire her. But now that she's out of the competition, the shy celebrity doesn't have a problem speaking up.
"It was very mean-spirited," Tiegs told talk-show host Wendy Williams of the competition. "I didn't like bullying in high school, let alone as an adult."
Of course, the cutthroat atmosphere is exactly what viewers have come to expect on "The Celebrity Apprentice." Still, Tiegs thought she'd bring a different style to the show.
"I've built 12 companies in my life," the 64-year-old said. "I've been on the cover of Time magazine three times, not for my beauty but because what I was doing was newsworthy around the world. I've worked with teams all my life, but I've been nice and I've been kind. I wanted to bring something to 'Celebrity Apprentice' to let America know that you don't have to be backstabbing and mean-spirited in order to do a challenge."
Unfortunately for her, it was a point she was unable to prove.
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