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Ivanka has sympathy for the contestants of the Apprentice

Ivanka: “Before I joined the show, I wasn’t sympathetic to the contestants; but now, whenever I see their breakdowns, I understand.

They go virtually 24 hours a day, and each task takes about three days. Unless they win, they don’t get a day off, and the next challenge starts the following day. So at the very least, one out of every two nights, they don’t get any sleep. It’s an incredible amount of work.

My father and creator Mark Burnett had both asked me [to get involved] at various times over the past two years, but I thought it was really important to understand how the person we hire would ultimately fit into the fabric of the company, so I wanted to make sure I had worked there for a substantial period of time before I joined the show.”