Bret Michaels: "I'm Ready to Party" After Winning Celebrity Apprentice

Entertainment May. 24, 2010 AT 8:58AM
Bret Michaels: "I'm Ready to Party" After Winning Celebrity Apprentice Credit: Ali Goldstein/NBCU Photo Bank

Bret Michaels survived a brain hemorrhage and a stroke, but he told UsMagazine.com after winning Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night that he's ready to rock.

"I'm feeling a little beat up, but I feel great," said Michaels, 47. "I'm just glad to be here, and I'm really glad that I won -- and you have no idea -- inside my soul -- how bad I want to throw down and party right now!"

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"I want to have a Rock of Love style party right at this moment, but I think I'm just going to hang with my friends and be a little low-key unfortunately for a couple more weeks," laughed the Poison frontman.

Michaels said his doctors were urging him to take it easy. "I'm going to try, but my energy is so up right now... I just want to go rock right now."

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Michaels -- who earned a $250,000 donation to the American Diabetes Foundation by beating Holly Robinson Peete on the NBC reality show -- said the "most scary moment" was when he thought he'd get fired.

"[Donald Trump] was like 'You're...' and I heard the syllable for fired and I was like 'this can't be happening'... so I thought this was the sympathy way of getting rid of me and I was like, 'Oh man, you're going to dump me!' And I just kept thinking, 'Don't let me down like a bad date!'" Michaels joked.

The most touching moment?

"When they showed my daughter Raine coming up and giving me a big hug. That was great," he said of his 10-year-old with ex-girlfriend Kristi Lee Gibson (they also have a daughter Jorja, 5.) "She was crying. It was bittersweet and beautiful."

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Michaels said he was happy to win, but Peete "really won too...she raised more money than any of us."

Up next for Michaels: hitting the road. "I want to. [Doctors] don't want me to go at all right now, at least for a couple of weeks to a month, but I want to go this weekend! And we're going to see what happens."

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