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'Celebrity Apprentice': Latest Fired Celeb Tells Us 'It Was A Relief'

Sun, April 29, 2012 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 35 Comments

The celebrity fired on the April 29 episode gives the scoop on his (or her) exit: ‘It was just my time.’

Lisa Lampanelli clashed with Dayana Mendoza for the millionth time April 29 on The Celebrity Apprentice, but this time, the “Queen of Mean” wasn’t alone! When project manager Dayana attempted to critique Clay Aiken‘s singing and change Lisa’s lyrics — she called Dayana’s writing style “pure idiocy” — her teammates revolted. There was yelling, there was crying, and expectedly, there was one ugly boardroom.

“With all due respect, there’s nothing going on ‘up here,'” Lisa told Donald Trump about Dayana. “She’s the female Lou Ferrigno, and I object to that.”

Despite being on the other team, Aubrey O’Day jumped in to defend Lisa against Dayana’s accusations that “Lisa only works when she wants to.”

In the end, it was Dayana — the boardroom’s most popular seat-filler — who received those two dreaded words from the Donald.

But don’t feel too badly for the former Ms. Universe. She tells exclusively that she’s happy to be ‘unemployed.’

“It was a relief for me,” Dayana says. “It’s frustrating to work with people who don’t want to work with you, and it was just my time. I was happy to know that, at the end of the day, I did what I came to do. I raised more money than I ever thought I could, not only for my charity but for other charities. And it’s all for a good cause, so all the screaming and the yelling was worth it.”

And in a nod to the show’s editing, Dayana also tells us she has no qualms with her portrayal.

“It’s me,” she admits. “Everything that happened is there. It’s all real.”

Do you think Dayana was the right celebrity to go, or should Clay or Lisa been fired? Cast your vote below, then hit up the comments section with your reactions!

— Andy Swift