Friday 24 November 2017

Liz O’Donnell: Celebrity Apprentice was tougher than career in politics

Liz O Donnell
Liz O Donnell
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

FORMER Minister Liz O’Donnell admits that filming ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ was more intense than her lengthy career in politics.

Liz was hand picked by Caroline Downey Desmond to come on-board as one of her two advisors on the new TV3 series.

The Irish Independent columnist said that thanks to the jam-packed shooting schedule, as well as the warm summer weather during filming last July, the experience was at times more exhausting than heated debates in the Dail.

“It was never that intensive in politics, apart from elections,” Liz said.

“It was different really and I think it was the fact that we never got a minute’s break from it.”

But despite the intensity of the six-part programme, Liz didn’t break a sweat – literally.

“Everyone else was sweating, because of the heat, but I don’t sweat. Caroline said to me, as they were mopping her brow, ‘What’s with you that you don’t sweat’, and I said, ‘It’s probably 15 years in politics’. I’m used to being under pressure.”

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ kicks off on TV3 next Monday, September 23, at 9pm.

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