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Leeza Gibbons On The 'Apprentice' Moment She Thought Would Never Air (VIDEO)

03/05/2015 02:37 pm ET | Updated Mar 05, 2015

On "The Celebrity Apprentice," an explosive mix of big personalities, pressure-filled competitions and high stakes often means there's potential for plenty of drama. So it's completely understandable why a celebrity would hesitate to participate in the show -- even one who ends up winning the entire season, like television host Leeza Gibbons.

Before the respected "Celebrity Apprentice" winner had joined last season's cast, Gibbons wondered whether or not she would be making the right move by braving the boardroom. "I was a little bit hesitant to do 'Celebrity Apprentice,'" she says. "But it's a lot of money for your charity."

Gibbons may have been ready to face down the drama and take home the prize money for Leeza's Care Connection, but she says that nothing could have prepared her for the wild ups and downs of her season.

"Oh, my gosh! Everything shocked me!" Gibbons says. "I think, even for fans of reality [television], this season was a shocker."

Diehard fans weren't the only ones left with their jaws on the floor, she adds. "I think even Donald Trump was shocked -- no, I know he was shocked."

One particularly shocking moment in the infamous "Celebrity Apprentice" boardroom was a bitter showdown between then-teammates Kenya Moore, of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" fame, and actress Vivica A. Fox.

"There was that boardroom moment with Kenya that I didn't even think they were going to air on the show," Gibbons admits.

That moment included a whirlwind of name-calling, raw anger and accusations that prompted Trump to call the outburst "a new low" for the show. After Moore referenced a Tweet of Fox's in which the actress reportedly called herself menopausal and "crazy," Fox fired back, alleging that Moore had stolen her phone and written the Tweet herself. The women traded insults until Trump turned to Moore, the task's project manager, and fired her.

"I don't think Kenya's ever going to talk to Vivica again," Gibbons says.

The entire boardroom episode had a lasting impact on everyone.

"We might not even be safe," Gibbons laughs. "I mean, I was locking my doors -- double lock!"

Leeza Gibbons' full interview airs on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this Sunday, March 8, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. Find OWN on your TV.

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