NEW YORK – Here's something that Donald Trump (search) never tells viewers on "The Apprentice" (search): When someone got fired, they didn't get to go home until the show's six-week film schedule was complete.
Those yellow cabs that conveniently picked up the week's loser took them to a nearby hotel where they had to live for weeks, reports this week's edition of TV Guide in "10 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Apprentice.' "
"They sequestered us because we had to keep secret who was still playing the game," former contestant Kristi Frank tells the magazine. And that meant having "a free month in New York City on Donald Trump and [executive producer] Mark Burnett (search)," says short-term player Bowie Hogg.
"We went to dinners, movies [and] played paint ball," says Ereka Vetrini (search), who, as it turns out, still had to live under same roof as her nemesis, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth (search), the most disliked of all the game's players - even after both were tossed off the show.
Meanwhile, those suitcases that the contestants take into the boardroom with them aren't even full.
"We were told to bring - just in case we were fired - a bag of stuff that we'd need for an unspecified period of time," says Tammy Lee, the stock broker from Seattle.
If a contestant did get fired, the production staff would go back up to the suite to get the rest of the player's stuff.
And the spacious loft that the wanna-be Trumps lived in wasn't even a loft. Until the show's production started up, it was just an unused portion of Trump Tower (search).
What's more, those elevator rides at the end of each episode, when the loser goes down and the survivors go back "up" to the suite, are actually trips to nowhere done strictly for show: The boardroom and the loft are actually on the same floor.