Clay Aiken, Khloe Kardashian, NeNe Leakes slam Donald Trump
The former contestants talk about their time with Republican presidential nominee on 'Chelsea'
This week’s episode of Chelsea brings together former Celebrity Apprentice stars Lisa Lampanelli, Clay Aiken, NeNe Leakes, and Khloe Kardashian to form their own Trump Boardroom tell-all, discussing his current policies as the Republican presidential nominee, what it’s like working for The Donald, and his chances against Hillary Clinton.
The video, which you can see above, reveals that, while each of the guests on the Netflix talk show have soft spots for the
Trump, none hold back when it comes to discussing his politics. Chelsea Handler, host and creator of the series, asked the Real Housewives of Atlanta star if Trump had tried to use her as his “ambassador to black people” as he did with former Apprentice contestant Omarosa. “They sent me an email and asked me to speak at one of his rallies,” jokes Leakes. “I didn’t.” Kardashian jumped in and added she wasn’t a fan of being a contestant on the show and only did it as per the request of her mother, Kris Jenner. “My mom wanted me to do it and I hated every minute of it.” states the reality star. “Stressing myself out and then dealing with him and about to be fired, I was like, ‘F—k you, I don’t need this.’”
Amidst the coy and backward compliments toward Trump, Handler noted people still find positive accolades about the reality mogul. “People have nice things to say about him, though. Does anyone have anything nice to say?” poses Handler. “When I went on the show I thought he was very nice and true to what he was,” adds Leakes. “I thought his kids were so nice and so humble.” Trump’s children Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Jr. have all been featured on the competition reality series, who the former contestants have nothing but positive feeling toward.
“They all went to Ivy League schools,” adds Lampanelli about the kids. “Someone raised those kids right, and whoever the mother is did a great job.” It wasn’t all jokes, though. Aiken, the former American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up, explained his explicit feelings on Trump’s politics. “I feel like in person he can be very gracious,” commented Aiken on the politician’s personality. “This campaign for him isn’t really about being president; it’s really about recognition and being able to say he won.”
He further revealed he believes Trump is using his success as a reality star to separate himself from politicians and use the American public. “He realized he can tap into that anti-establishment fervor that’s in the country and can get people to love him,” begins Aiken. “Those folks who don’t like politicians are more motivated to vote. As much as it pains me to say it, I think that Hillary Clinton doesn’t inspire people enough to get folks off their a—s to get out there and vote.” Despite his strong positive feelings toward Clinton’s campaign, even going so far as to say he will definitely vote for her, he feels she needs different tactics to gain the office.
On a lighter note, Handler asked Kardashian if she would support mother Jenner running for president one day. “I love my mom,” replies Kardashian, “I just don’t know if we’re ready for the White House.”
The latest episode of Chelsea is available on Netflix Wednesday, July 27 at 12:01 a.m. PT.