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The Cleveland Show
Oct 14 2010, 12:23 PM by LoriH65
Tyana Alvarado is more than a reality show contestant or the
latest firee off The Apprentice, she's also the
winner of the Miss California Cougar contest in 2009. But
apart from that, Alvarado went from a big high being the project
manager last week and leading her team to a victory, to a big low
this week when she was fired from Donald Trump's boardroom. Under
the leadership of fellow teammate Mahsa, the women's team Fortitude
ultimately lost the challenge to come up with a marketing campaign
for an all natural popcorn product. But when the ladies turned
hostile, it was Alvarado that got the boot.
ON WHY SHE WAS FIRED INSTEAD OF HER TEAMMATE
Honestly, she makes better TV. I'm not crazy and dramatic like she
is. I know through the process that I saw through each task, Donald
Trump grew to respect me. And I saw in his eyes it was hard to let
me go. I went out with a win and an amazing prize. So I think he
kind of felt justified in letting me go, knowing that I wouldn't
produce the great drama that is soon to follow in following this
It's not that Mahsa and I didn't get along believe it or not. I
never said anything negative. So there was no footage to show of me
saying anything negative. I actually was trying to win for the team
and they did show a brief moment in the episode where I said I
wished Mahsa would see I'm on her side. I was truly trying to help
the task and it actually wasn't her pushing. The ideas came from a
couple of the other girls pushing. And Mahsa actually did try to
redirect and get more ideas but the girls didn't let it
So, whether it's crazy and making America mad, if you get to know
the Mahsa outside of the Trump show she really is genuine. She's
somebody that you can count on.
ON WHAT SOLUTION SHE WOULD HAVE PROVIDED DURING THE
I actually had one it was just edited out. And Mr. Trump loved
my idea. My idea was actually to do a popcorn bikini stunt. Mr.
Trump's eyes lit up, he was ecstatic. He surveyed all of the men.
Every man, was like, of course it would have gone viral. Everyone
would have forwarded a popcorn bikini. Unfortunately, in my
personal opinion, I think since there was truly no justifiable
reason to fire me the best thing was to make it look like I didn't
do anything.ON HOW SHE FEELS ABOUT THE SHOW:
What I've stated in every interview, what I found disappointing
about The Apprentice, is that I went into it thinking it
was truly a job interview. I really was stupid enough to
believe it was real. And, apparently, it was more like in
Survivor. I didn't really go into it with that "make
an alliance kind of backstab, gang up on somebody" kind of
thinking. Contrary to what was seen in Episode 1, we really
did not gang up on Nicole.
Everybody truly had those feelings against her. So, that wasn't
like an alliance that was made.
So, I feel that it was easiest to pick on me. When they
saw a couple of people going for me, then everybody that stayed out
of it went for the same person. On another note, I think people
don't like to be told or made aware of their shortcomings. And the
fact that absolutely no one else on the team got what a viral video
was, and I did.
ON LIZA'S PARTICIPATION ON THE TEAM:
In my personal opinion, the three weakest links to me were always
Poppy, mostly because of age, and not lack of life experience;
Liza, not because she's not talented, she is as an individual, but
she is not a team player; and Mahsa, I don't even need to
give reasons why I think Mahsa's the weakest player.
To know that those people made it further than me was a little
tough. But now I have less time to make a fool of myself on
television. I actually felt very betrayed by Liza and Kelly because
in Episode 2, I stood up for
them when they were being accused of being the weakest links. In
Episode 3 when I was Project Manager and the whole team was turning
against Liza, I stood up for her and defended her. So, to come into
this episode - I'm sure you saw my reaction when it came from Liza.
I'm like, what?
Call me naïve, it really hurt me because I really felt that honesty
and truth would prevail. And it was just all about getting further.
And I don't play that way. I truly
expressed how I feel and go with what I believe.
ON MEETING RUSSELL SIMMONS:
You know, it was very emotional for me. Well, a lot of people are
joking on blogs that I cry a lot. You have to realize literally my
father passed away a couple of weeks before I went to shoot this
So every time - like when I won and I heard it was Russell Simmons
and I teared up, because I thought, oh my God, this is the perfect
match for me. Because what would I have done with (Steve Forbes) or
the guy from (Poppy's side)?
And what I really loved about Russell Simmons and what made me
emotional was Russell Simmons is self-made. My father never
finished high school. Russell Simmons never finished college. I
just have an associate's degree. So I truly felt bonded in the
sense that we are all self-made and we all were successful to some
ON WHETHER SHE WOULD PLAY THE GAME ANY
Absolutely not. No. I thought about that, and thinking it was a
game and what would I do different. I honestly can't change
who I am. I can't fake it. I can't hold back. I can't hold back my
emotions. I can't hold back my opinions. I'd end up in the
same boat again.
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