Adam Carolla on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’

  The radio and TV host weighs in the new season of Donald Trump's NBC show.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel

In his book, "In 50 Years We’ll All Be Chicks," Adam Carolla laments the state of American society. People hang onto jobs they can’t do because no one will fire them, and they shelter their kids from allergies they don’t have. Now Donald Trump is putting Carolla to work. Carolla is competing on "The Celebrity Apprentice" and I got him to go off on a diatribe about celebrity work ethic during a conference call with the media.


In your book you talk about how no one’s good at their jobs anymore. Is doing jobs on TV a good way to show people how to do things right?

You know, for me, and I won’t speak for the whole cast, as a guy who used to work at McDonald’s and clean carpets and swing a hammer for a living, I had not had a real job in over 15 years. It was sort of nice to do it, albeit if I did it for more than a day and a half at a time I’d kill myself, but it was nice to actually roll up my sleeves and act like a civilian for a change.

I was impressed how good, and I’ve said this many times about celebrities, people think celebrities are soft because they live a lifestyle where they have a lot of leather and air conditioning and luxury automobiles. Celebrities are some of the hardest working, most driven competitive human beings on the planet and you have to be because how the hell are you going to get to this place if you don’t have that fire in your belly and that motivation?

You can have a laugh about Clay Aiken wearing eyeliner, which he does by the way, write that down. He dyes his eyelashes, he told me, otherwise they would disappear. But that obviously guy is a very motivated, very competitive, very hard working guy or he wouldn’t have gotten as far as he got in his last reality competition show. So I’m always surprised and impressed by just how driven and how focused the celebs are.

As far as the question of showing America how to work, I was pretty impressed by everyone’s ability to really roll up their sleeves and get to work.

What about society as a whole? I was just getting my passport renewed at the post office and it made me worry for the American work force.

Well, the post office is probably not the place you want to go if you want to be infused with patriotism and a renewed sense of vigor. I think nothing to do with "Celebrity Apprentice," but we’re working in cycles.

I think we’re getting to the point where everyone’s getting fat and everyone’s getting allergic, or claims to be allergic to something and people can’t walk from their front door to their car without a bottle of water in their hand because they have to hydrate every three and half steps. It’ll come full circle and we’ll get back to building bridges and skyscrapers.

So it’s jut a natural evolution, we don’t need to worry, it’ll right itself?

No, just a cyclical thing.