American entrepreneur and the first candidate hired by The Trump Organization at the conclusion of the first season of Donald Trump's reality show The Apprentice, Bill Rancic joined Lubbock's First News on Tuesday (March 24).

Rancic discussed his idea back in 1993 to start a Cigar of the Month Club in his friend's 400-square foot apartment. The business grew before later being sold.

This experience led to Rancic being contacted by the Trump staff for an opportunity on Donald Trump's The Apprentice.

Rancic noted in that first season, a whopping 215,000 people applied. Those 215,000 were narrowed down to the final 50 who were flown to Los Angeles and put through testing. From those 50, 16 were selected for the show.

"I was the last one chosen," Rancic said. "When you were a kid and you were the last one picked on a baseball team, it didn't feel good and I was the last one chosen and low and behold I won the darn thing."

Rancic now has three restaurants: two in Chicago, and one in Washington, D.C. that will open this summer. He also owns a wine business with his wife Giuliana Rancic (best known from E! News) as well as their reality show Giuliana and Bill.

Listen to the entire interview with Bill Rancic in the video above.

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