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'Celebrity Apprentice': Clay Aiken Glad Patricia Velasquez Was Fired

Mon, March 26, 2012 12:22pm EDT by Andy Swift 9 Comments

Plus, Clay explains the reason behind his feud with Penn Jillette!

Celebrity Apprentice viewers were stunned when Patricia Velasquez was fired on the March 25 episode, but fellow contestant Clay Aiken used a different word to describe his reaction. “I was OK with that,” Clay revealed on the Today show. “Because it meant I was still there.”

Of course, Clay might not be in the competition much longer if Penn Jillette has anything to say about it.

“Last week, I had a little issue with Penn Jillette, and next week… I have a little issue with Pen Gillette,” he said. “It gets really explosive. … I don’t like to admit it, but it’s probably because we’re too much alike. He’s so smart! And he’s probably a threat to me. That can scare you a little bit and make you do things you wouldn’t normally do.”

Clay says Celebrity Apprentice is “20 times tougher” than American Idol, explaining that “you’re up at 5 a.m., you’re done at 10 p.m., it’s six days a week, and you’re doing stuff you don’t know how to do.”

It sounds like Clay is getting a taste of what it means to really work — and he doesn’t like it.