Bring it on! As the mom of eight young kids, Kate Gosselin is used to dealing with lots of different tasks (and people) all at once. So she wasn't fazed in the slightest by the prospect of going up against 15 other stars — including fellow reality TV standouts Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore — on season seven of The Celebrity Apprentice.
"I feel really in my element taking on something like this," the Kate Plus 8 star, 39, told Us Weekly at a press event for the show in March, months before host Donald Trump's official announcement on Nov. 4. "Obviously it's hard to be away from my kids for an extended period, but they're good. They're very supportive."
Then, referencing her brief stint on season 10 of Dancing With the Stars, she joked, "I'm really excited to sort of take on a competition that I have a chance of doing well at, versus others I've done." (Gosselin and her partner, Tony Dovolani, were eliminated from DWTS after just five weeks.)
The mom of eight went on to explain that her experience as the matriarch of a big (and now very famous) family was comparable to running her own company. "I have a business-running personality," she said. "I work for myself. I'm the secretary, the personal assistant, the president, the accountant…and I run my ship at home as efficiently as possible."
Which is not to say there isn't room for improvement. "I'm willing and excited to learn whatever I can," Gosselin noted, adding that she "admires" Trump's work ethic and family values.
As for her competition? "I am a strong personality," the divorced star admitted. "But I think what definitely will come out here is that I'm not a pot stirrer, I'm definitely not a drama-starter. Drama gets in the way of getting work done…And, you know, that's probably going to be surprising to a lot of people. Clearly there's a lot of drama in my life caused by others, but I'm in the business —instead of stirring it — of calming it down and putting on the lid."
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