Q&A: LaToya Jackson Talks “Apprentice,” Star Jones and MJ

Q&A: LaToya Jackson Talks “Apprentice,” Star Jones and MJ

Michael's older sister on becoming a reality television diva.

Published March 24, 2011

LaToya Jackson is holding her own on the craziest season of Celebrity Apprentice. Star Jones, Gary Busey and Nene Leakes are just a few of the massive personalities on Donald Trump’s hit reality show. Through all the madness, LaToya has been one of few contestants to impress Mr. Trump.

In LaToya’s first BET.com, she sounds off on Michael Jackson and lessons learned—and makes it clear that Star Jones will never be invited to the Jackson compound for dinner!

Is the Celebrity Apprentice as vicious as it seems on television?
I have to be honest with you. What you're getting is what's really happening and what's taking place. What you see is what you truly get. There is a lot left out as well—it’s even more intense than what you are seeing.

Did you have any hesitation about doing the show?
When I was approached in the beginning, I was a bit hesitant. After a while I decided this would be good because it will add awareness to the charity I’m working with.

Tell us about your charity, AIDS Project Los Angeles.
AIDS Project Los Angeles is a charity that my brother Michael was involved in. He is in the Guinness Book of World records for giving to the most charities in the entire world. He had donated $400 million of his own personal money to charity. I decided to move forward and try to help those charities that he was involved with. By AIDS Project Los Angeles being right here in my backyard, I decided to cling to them more. I’ve been working with them ever since Michael passed.

Allegedly, Nene and Star have reconciled. Do you think you’d ever invite Star Jones to the Jackson family house for dinner?
Absolutely not! My family doesn’t need to be around anything of that nature.

You said in a recent interview that we are going to see the Joe Jackson come out of you during Celebrity Apprentice. How do you think Joe Jackson would react to Star Jones?
He would immediately shut her down and put her in her place. I put as much Joe Jackson as I could in there, but it’s the strength that he has and how he protects his children. People don’t understand that and they take it the wrong way. That’s why we are where we are today—because of my father. 

Who is the next Jackson that would be good for Celebrity Apprentice?
My brother Jermaine. It’s something that he would like to do. The Jacksons, as you all know, we’re all shy and very quiet and reserved people. I think Jermaine would just settle in there and it would bring a lot out of him.

We interviewed RuPaul a couple months ago, and he said this about you, "She's always been my favorite Jackson because she has made her mistakes and worn them on the outside. I think people who have made mistakes, who have bumped their head, are the most interesting."  What's your reaction to that comment from RuPaul?
That’s very kind of RuPaul, I appreciate that. I love RuPaul, he’s a wonderful person. This is what life is about, walking the path and making mistakes. No one is perfect. We’re thrown into this world, there’s no guidebook for it. You just figure out the best way you can. You learn and you move forward.

Of course, you know the BET audience loves Michael Jackson. Can you share with us a special moment you had with your brother?
Michael and I would go for drives all the time. One day, Bubbles came with us. He put Bubbles on his lap and let Bubbles do the driving. I said, “You’re going to wreck us!” [Laughs] He says, “No, I’m controlling him.” Bubbles was just driving away. I think it’s hilarious when I look back on that ... I want to thank everybody who really stood by my brother and supported him. They knew what we had lost—a legend, especially when it came to the music industry. We were so grateful for the public. All of the fans who are supportive, it’s wonderful to see that. It lets you know there is a lot of love out there.

When you get to heaven, what is the DJ playing?

I love that question! I think he’s probably rejoicing. Maybe “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin

You can catch LaToya Jackson on Celebrity Apprentice Sundays night at 9pm on NBC.

Follow LaToya Jackson on Twitter.com/LaToyaJackson.


(Photo:  NBC)

Written by Clay Cane


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