Post Mortems

Vivica A. Fox Defends Apprentice Exit, Gives Kenya Moore Feud Update

Vivica A. Fox Fired

Celebrity Apprentice has taken us on a dizzying journey this season, full of fights, firings and whatever this was — and Vivica A. Fox tells TVLine exactly how Monday’s live finale (NBC, 8/7c) should go down.

“I’m betting on Leeza Gibbons,” she tells us. “Girl power! We haven’t had a [female] winner since Joan Rivers, so it’s time for another woman to represent!”

As you might recall, Fox essentially fired herself on last night’s episode by refusing to devalue fellow finalists Gibbons and Geraldo Rivera. But make no mistake, if Fox could go back and do it all again, she wouldn’t change a thing.

“To those who say I chickened out, you’re entitled to your opinion, but I’m a realist and I think I made the right decision,” she says. “I didn’t want to say mean things about either of them, because neither of them deserved that. Between them, they brought in close to half a million dollars, and that should be commended. That’s why I bowed out; there’s no sense in fighting a fight you can’t win. I’d been there for seven weeks, so I was tired and ready to get back to my wonderful life.”

That said, Fox’s “wonderful life” probably won’t include any lunch dates with Apprentice rival Kenya Moore.

Vivica A. Fox Fired“We all did the [Television Critics Association winter press tour] a couple months ago, and she kept her distance,” Fox tells us. “I’d like her to be woman enough to say, ‘I got caught up and I did you wrong,’ and we could keep it moving. I’m not one to hold a grudge, but the fact that she went on this whole campaign of assassinating my character and my professionalism is unacceptable to me. She did it to deflect the truth; she stole my phone and hacked into my Twitter account. The fact that she watched us all looking for it, then blindsided me with it in the boardroom was just… wow.”

Speaking of the boardroom, don’t expect to see Fox and Ian Ziering’s fellow Sharknado survivor Tara Reid sitting across from Donald Trump anytime soon — or ever.

“Oh no, no, no, no, we’re not going to put Ms. Tara Reid on Celebrity Apprentice,” Fox says with a laugh. “I love her, but she’d cuss everybody out two times and go, ‘I’m done! I can’t, I just can’t.’ The producers would have to keep their fingers on that bleep button the whole time!”

Apprentice fans, how do you feel about Fox’s exit from the competition? And who should win it all, Gibbons or Rivera? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. Ljt says:

    I applaud Vivica for being an honest person. She was very respectful to everyone on her team and helped everyone out. She can hold her head up high knowing that she played this game with nothing but the charities on her mind. Kudos to you!

  2. flutiefan says:

    if Trump had any sense, he’d choose Leeza. but since he doesn’t, and since he is blind to Geraldo’s antics, he will “hire” G.

  3. Matty says:

    Team Leeza all the way…

  4. sunflower says:

    I hope leeza too. When is the second part of the finale, tonight?

  5. Ginger Snap says:

    I like Leeza but she is getting no help from the lovebirds and she’s not taking control of that.

  6. Angel says:

    Bravo to Viv Fox. My hat off to you. Hood with class. I love you! As for the winner… Gibbons all the way!

  7. Stopped watching after Trump fired an entire unstoppable team. Show is fixed! Sad thought it was a fun show.

  8. Tamika S says:

    I think Vivica did the right thing and I respect her decision. However, I would have expressed the fact that I am willing to compete, they are both just stronger. She knew she just didn’t have the resources to win and she was honest given the questions Mr. Trump asked. Not to mention, she seemed drained after the whole Kenya drama (who wouldn’t be). Leeza is extremely resourceful and smart. Geraldo has a strong voice and he is a strong competitor. I used to raise money at my kids school and let me tell you it’s not as easy as it looks. Especially when people you know don’t have it like that. I was actually good at it but it was draining. As an African American Woman myself it would have been nice to see one of us win or even just a woman (go Leeza). However its going to take someone like Gayle King or the news lady that had the cancer, (I think her name is Robin???) to be the first AA women to win.

  9. Terry says:

    I love people who keep it real. More power to you Ms.Fox!