The Donald Trump Roast: 'They paid me a tremendous amount of money'
"It was brutal," he maintains of the event that the cable network televises Tuesday, March 15. "Look, I did it because they paid me a tremendous amount of money, which in turn goes to charity. I felt I had an obligation to do it, though I didn't want to. They knocked every part of my body, from the hair to everything else, so you can't love doing it. Unless you're a masochist."
Participants including Larry King, Whitney Cummings, "Jersey Shore" icon Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Lisa Lampanelli, current "Celebrity Apprentice" player Marlee Matlin and "roast master" Seth MacFarlane took their turns trumping Trump, who nevertheless deems it "amazing as an evening. Those comedians are really talented. Larry also took a big, big beating, but it was great."
Trump anticipates big ratings for the show, after he achieved that with the season's first "Celebrity Apprentice" airing. He reasons, "Beyond the fact it did so well -- it beat 'CSI: Miami' by 27 percent -- it's got great buzz." Sunday's (March 13) episode poses the task of creating a children's book, and NBC's promos suggest the challenge may bring competitors Gary Busey and Meat Loaf to blows.
"It's unbelievable," Trump promises. "And wait until you see what happens in another two or three weeks. Star Jones gets into a fight with NeNe Leakes, the likes of which I've never seen. You're going to see some great shows."