Celebrity Apprentice star Marlee Matlin insists she felt lucky to be deaf on the U.S. reality TV show because the cat fights and verbal brawls "got to be too much".
The Oscar-winning actress, who will go head-to-head with country singer John Rich during the season finale on Sunday (22May11), admits the drama among fellow competitors Star Jones, NeNe Leakes and Dionne Warwick actually made Matlin appreciate her hearing disability.
She tells the New York Post, "It was a good thing I was deaf. The tones, the voices, the fighting... Sometimes I would just look away. I wouldn't even (want to) look at Jack (her interpreter). It just got to be too much sometimes."