As the new season of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior begins, the winner of the Las Vegas Build-Off, Paul Teutul Jr., discusses Jesse James, calling him arrogant and implying that he was just trying to get back onto television with his attitude in the build-off.
“As far as Jesse goes, confident and arrogant obviously came off that way. That’s not the underlying feeling. When you’ve gotta talk a lot, it’s not really confidence. So, I think that, in the end, maybe there’s some relief that comes in the fact that, okay, it’s over with. ‘Cause, I don’t care who you are or what you say, in that set of circumstances, there’s a certain level of intensity that comes with that live unveil and the build-up to it. And, you know, he’s got his own motivation, he’s trying to come back into a certain situation. Everybody’s got their own level in of motivation, so, in the end, maybe, okay, it’s over, and there’s almost a relief in it.”
The real-time aspect was way different, Junior explains in the video clip below, than filming a regular American Chopper episode.
“See, I think what a lot of people don’t understand, that live aspect of things is different. When we do our show, we’re just here every day and we film it and they edit it and then that’s what you get a few months later. That being in real-time when you walk out there, you know it’s in real-time. That adds a whole different dimension of pressure.”
Overall, however, he thought the build-off went well.
“I thought it was a good show.”
Senior, meanwhile, has been busy filming Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump.
Paul Teutul Sr. seems like he will be a good fit with The Donald and his show. After all, as many people tend to forget, he is an entrepreneur. He began with little-to-nothing, and worked his way up, creating more than one business and landing in a successful television franchise. So, although he was a distant third in the lauded bike build-off, he seems like the right Teutul for Celebrity Apprentice. Plus, whether you like him or not, Senior is just plain interesting, and that’s always good for a television cast, particularly a reality cast like Celebrity Apprentice which, after all, rises and falls based on the personalities involved, not on the tasks they are assigned.
As is the norm, each contestant will play for a charity this season. Senior will continue his association with and support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which provides grants to make the wishes of terminally ill children come true.
Oh, and can anyone say, "TrumpCycle?"
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior will start up once again on Monday, Feb. 13, on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m.