The Apprentice: Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy After the Boardroom

Few people will take a billionaire head on, but that's just what Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy did after her firing on this week's "The Apprentice." While Mahsa was cast as a liar in the edited version of the show, she took to YouTube in order to clear her name (see video below).


On the show this week

The lights of New York City's Broadway theaters seemed dim compared to the sparks in Donald Trump's boardroom on this week's 'The Apprentice.' In the end, this week's task barely mattered because a dispute over last week's task led to firing of a contestant.

This week, teams created presentations with a goal of convincing investors to back new Broadway shows. Among the judges were Tony Award-winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth, and Daryl Roth, producer of six Pulitzer Prize-winning plays.

The men staged a new musical called, 'Little Miss Fix It,' about an 11-year-old girl. The overall presentation was well received, but project manager Steuart Martens was rocky as the emcee, and criticized for lack of enthusiasm. In a turn of events, loose cannon David Johnson was praised for his creative vision.

The women tried to prove 'Darling,' a show based on Peter Pan, was worth the backing of Broadway producers. Liza Mucheru-Wisner took on the project manager role, but did not dominate. The team's marketing materials had no contact information for potential investors, a huge oversight. Were it not for the issue with Mahsa, Liza may have gotten fired.

The men squeaked out a win with their strong marketing materials and well-produced event.

Excused from the boardroom, the men watched the women on closed-circuit TV. Cliff Robertson saw Mahsa allegedly lie about his actions and sought to defend his honor, marching the men back to the boardroom. Funny thing is, the fireworks concerned last week's task when Mahsa supposedly revealed her team's profits to the men's team. She said that Cliff revealed his team's take. Trump and her own teammates were visibly growing tired of her brusque approach every time she opened her mouth.


Lessons learned

Trump's take-aways this week sounded like things learned in kindergarten: don't lie, be nice, and be a team player.

He stressed flaws that can be tempered for better results. His target: Mahsa, a former prosecutor, who is used to literally pointing her finger at people. That method may work in a courtroom, but not so much in business.

"You really are abrasive," said Trump.

"Mr. Trump, that's my personality," replied Mahsa.

The key is to be a team player, and Mahsa showed she was focused only on Mahsa. To do that, she allegedly lied and that lie earned her a pink slip. In the taxi ride after her firing, Mahsa expressed surprise at being off the show so early in the season. Clearly, she does not see what others did. To long-time devotees of the show, Mahsa evoked memories of Omarosa, from Season 1. Omarosa was a strong woman who had many of the same shortcomings as Mahsa.


Behind the Scenes

In an interview with AOL Jobs, Mahsa agreed that sometimes she felt like she was on "Survivor." "There was a lot of cattiness behind the scenes," she said. "And a lot of alliances."

Mahsa says that she made both lifelong friends, including Gene, Anand, and Kelly during the show. But she also concedes to making lifelong enemies too.


Mahsa's Message to Donald

Mahsa says she thought long and hard before recording her two minute and 28 second statement the night the show aired.

"It wasn't about being fired. 15 out of 16 of us get fired," she told AOL Jobs. "It was about being branded a liar. What I had to say was the truth. I just couldn't stop myself. It's not my character to stay quiet."

She doesn't know for sure if Trump has seen the video, but she suspects that he has. She holds Trump, as opposed to the show's producers responsible, knowing that producers have to make the show fit an hour.

She thinks the video has had two results. "There's the 'We love Mahsa' camp and the 'We hate Mahsa' camp," says Mahsa. "But it's something you only do if you're telling the truth."


Where's Mahsa today?
AOL Jobs Asks
Apprentice Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy
5 Quick Questions

1. What was your first job? Shampoo girl at a salon

2. Who inspires you? Will Smith. He works really hard. He might not be the brightest, but he's the most driven.

3. What is the most important trait needed to succeed? Drive

4. What is your biggest challenge? Sensitivity, believe it or not. My feelings get hurt easily.

5. What is the best career advice you ever received? You have to take things day by day. Keep your goal in the front of your head. Don't take no for an answer.

"I was hoping that Mr. Trump would see who I was," said Mahsa. "I think I would be an incredible apprentice. Going into the first boardroom, I said to myself, 'Don't talk too much.' Oh well, it looks like I'm going to be staying true to myself."

Since the show, Mahsa left her role in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, after a causing a local controversy because she had not asked permission to be on the show. She first took a less visible role outside the courtroom, but later stepped down entirely. She's already set some new goals.

"I think 'The Apprentice' has changed my life," she said. "My goal is to be an on-camera correspondent."

Rebecca Jarvis, from Season 4, made that jump, reporting for CNBC and now CBS News. However, Rebecca not only had a background in journalism, she also made it to the finals of 'The Apprentice' that year.

Mahsa says she always maps things out. "I think I'd be an incredible defense attorney. Or I could do something like 'The View'," she said.

-- Check out the previously fired Season 10 apprentices

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Jim

One more thing. Don't promote yourself as being an Assistant District Attorney because you are not. You were merely prosecuting misdemeanor cases, which is the lowest position in the DA's office. You can compare that to being a third year law student or a Public Defender ... lowest on the totem pole. But gee, I guess the janitors who clean the office in the DA's office can also claim they work for the DA.

Mahsa, GET A LIFE ... GET A GRIP ... YOU'VE BEEN FIRED TWO TIMES OVER !!!
1. Fired from the DA's office due to your (and I quote your former boss, Mr Hynes), "Your less than forthright attitude."

2. Fired from "The Apprentice" because of your lack of skill and poor attitude.

PS - you are a liar. Mr Hynes called you a liar, I'm calling you a liar, AND everyone in the boardroom called you a liar ... and they proved it!

AMERICA KNOWS YOU ARE A LIAR ... Mahsa, You're FIRED !!! Now, get out!

November 03 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Mahsa, mahsa, mahsa! I bet your family is embarrassed by you. Crawl back under your rock.

November 03 2010 at 1:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dixie

Keep it up Mahsa!!!!! You'll never get a job now.

November 02 2010 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dixie

Mahsa, you continue to contradict yourself. Perhaps you should get your facts straight and re-read direct quotes from yourself. You have every right to be embarassed by your behavior. Basically, all of this ranting and raving is achieving what you want most; to be in the spot light. Give it a rest. Do you think people really care??????? You are ridiculous....and to think that Mr. Trump even cares about your little video is even more ridiculous. I actually feel sorry for your family having to endure your temper tantrums. "Going after people?".....just another Mahsa quote that will get you in deep trouble. Unless you fade away quietly, you will be completely unable to obtain any employment....Miss former ADA.

November 02 2010 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Mahsa, Mahsa, Mahsa. You are such a loud-mouth bimbo. Please go back to being a call girl. This time, keep your ignorant opinions to yourself and you might make more money. You have no class. And I doubt that Charlie Sheen would even hire you for a quickie.

Mahsa, you're fired!

Mahsa, you ARE a liar. You lied to your boss (Charlie Hynes) to get time off from work (the DA's office) to be on the show. You lied to The Apprentice staff by claiming you were unemployed. Remember, this season was for UNEMPLOYED people. You were employed. So, that also makes you a liar.

Face it mahsa, calling you a liar is the tip of the iceberg of your unethical character. You are much lower than just a liar. You just gave every criminal a reason to appeal their conviction. You ass!

You had your 15 minutes of fame. Now you're giving yourself 15 days of shame.

Hope you enjoyed your cab ride ... like the one you had when I dumped your ass at the restaurant on our first date.

You ruined your career and your life. Maybe Playboy will offer you a centerfold.

November 02 2010 at 9:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dixie

No, no boobs except in her behavior.

November 02 2010 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Truthfact teller

We will never clear her name!! We'll put her name everywhere! LOL! She only think of herself all the times. Who the hell does she think she is?!

November 02 2010 at 4:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cPg

She seems adamant about clearing her name. We must first remember she is a lawyer, worked in the Brooklyn District Attorney's office-and we know they say one thing and mean something else--that's what they do--win at all costs. Now she wants to be a star-not following her chosen field.

She and that David(?) from Michigan are both liars-remember the first show he was calling the State employment office and filing for a claim-saying he was out looking for work-well he isn't he is on a TV show. Which I believe makes him a thief as well-Michigan should go after him for filing false claims. That's the way I see it-

November 01 2010 at 5:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Masha, Masha, Masha. You stupid, arrogant, self-absorbed, delusional bitch. I'm so glad I dumped you on our first date.

October 31 2010 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JRJ20716

This is SUCH a collectivist comment board AND article, it's hilarious.

Trump IS a celebrity business man. After what has happened in 2008 with other business men much like himself (not to mention the business individuals that I'm constantly in association with in and out of school), I applaude her for at least speaking out. Lying or not, in the world of business you MUST do proper damage control and get up from it, no matter if people agree with the means or not. Of course, I'm biased against Trump and all that he and his companies stands for. I'm surprised that she didn't jump across the table and slug the mess out of that fat dude (you can tell how he treats women when he gets upset..haha). God Speed Mahsa.

October 29 2010 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elaine Townsend

What great publicity you gave The Apprentice! After seeing the clip, I really have to start watching the show again. Why argue with Mr. Trump? Accept your firing and move on.

October 29 2010 at 10:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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