Niki Taylor Hopes Trump Runs for President: 'I Would Trust Him With Everything I Have'
By Stacy Jenel Smith Posted Mar 9th 2011 09:48PM
"I hope Donald Trump runs for president, I really do," she declares in a chat with PopEater. "I would vote for him, absolutely. Wouldn't you? I'd trust him with everything that I have."
The stunning 36-year-old blonde, who once graced the covers of six major American fashion and fitness magazines in the same month, also calls Trump "just a sweetheart" and "an amazing, amazing guy -- a powerhouse. And I love his children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, too."
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Chances are, David Cassidy isn't feeling as positive. In case you missed the first new season 'CA' installment, the one-time teen idol was painfully humiliated by reality star Richard Hatch, then wound up being fired by Trump. Taylor, meanwhile, wound up in quite a flattering light, chosen by the winning women's team as their star for whipping up pizza deemed the best by culinary judge Curtis Stone.
Her secret? "It is the New York water, and I definitely made it with a lot of love." Aww.
Of Cassidy being pushed, poked and insulted by Hatch, Taylor says, "I hated that for him. Of course, we women didn't see anything that was going on within the guy's side, because it was guys against girls. I didn't see that side of Richard Hatch. Sometimes when the cameras go on, you see a different side of people."
As for what she came away with from the filming last fall?
"I think there is unnecessary bullying that goes on. That's all I can say about that."
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But she can say that her hubby, NASCAR driver Burney Lamar, and their 2-year-old daughter, Ciel, made the tough days of 'Celebrity Apprentice' shooting a little easier. They accompanied her to New York and stayed in the Trump Towers with her. "To be able to get back to reality time with them at the end of the day was very helpful," she tells PopEater.
Taylor's 16-year-old twin sons from her first marriage, busy with 10th grade, stayed home in Nashville. (They are as good-looking as you might expect with a mom like Niki, by the way.) How do they feel about her 'Apprentice' stint?
"They think it's fine. They're so used to me working. I've been in the public eye for 20 years," she says. She also notes, "They're very private. They've got their music -- they have a band called The Tribe of Strews -- and their girlfriends and their driving and their cell phones. There's never a dull moment."
The boys, Jake and Hunter, are very loving and protective of their baby sister, to hear Taylor tell it. "They gave her Valentine's Day cards that said, 'You're not allowed to have any boyfriends. Stay away from those boys,' It was cute. And she loves them. She's so great, a little tomboy, a great little runner -- very active. She got a swing set for her birthday last week. All the family was there, the grandparents -- it was an awesome time."
Taylor won $35,000 for her charity in the first 'Celebrity Apprentice' episode. Having come back from a near-fatal car accident in 2001, she says she chose the organization as a "thank you" to all the people who donate blood to the American Red Cross. Now the community-minded celebrity is deep into fronting the "We Hear You, America" campaign being put on by Reader's Digest magazine -- a 100-city effort that includes providing some $7.5 million in promotional and financial support to communities hit by the recession.
"I have the best job in the world; I get to pass out stimulus checks," she says. "Every week I'm going to a different town. You can go online and tell what your town needs and what makes your town so great. I hope everyone does it. I can't think of a better way to use the power of the Reader's Digest brand." (More information is available at http://wehearyouamerica.readersdigest.com/.)
Lamar often travels with her. Their heady romance -- they got engaged after just three dates -- is apparently still alive. "We're going into our fifth year, and I still feel like I'm on my honeymoon. I'm so incredibly blessed with an incredible husband," she gushes. "I'd love to have another baby."
As for 'Celebrity Apprentice,' Taylor reminds, "Nobody knows who wins" at this point. She says she almost turned the show down, but couldn't resist "the idea of being able to raise money for charity and get so much good face time on TV. Those things open doors, you know. It got me out of my comfort zone, yes, because I'm a private person. I learned to sit back and watch the drama. I'm a quiet person anyway. And I tried to be a help to whoever was the project manager."
Something tells us to look out for the "still waters" types, though. Taylor laughs. "That's a good way to put it."
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