The Queen of Versailles wants to make something perfectly clear: Reports that she dated Donald Trump have been blown out of proportion.
"Oh, my gosh. We're friends," Jackie Siegel said Wednesday. "I met Donald years ago. We support the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants [staged by Trump's organization]. We've been friends. I met him 25 years ago. I wasn't really dating. When I was modeling, I was on the Trump float in some parade. I can't believe there are headlines out there. Oh my God. How embarrassing."
A little embarrassment comes with the increased attention for Siegel since "The Queen of Versailles," a documentary about her, premiered Monday on Bravo. One upside: Siegel is trending on Google.
"That is really something. I heard I was getting more searches than the queen England," she said.
The 2012 documentary focuses on Jackie and her husband, time-share mogul David Siegel, and their quest to build the 90,000-square-foot Versailles in the Windermere area. The first Bravo telecast drew 1.1 million viewers. The film will repeat at 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.
"I'm getting all kinds of offers," Jackie Siegel said. "Yesterday in New York, when I walked through the airport, people said, 'You're the Queen of Versailles.' People were taking my picture. It makes me feel good when they say, 'I love your movie.' They're all positive about how I came across in the movie. With the title and the big house, they think I'll be too good for everyone. They say how down to earth I am."
She followed the Bravo premiere with a guest shot on Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live." She guessed the prices of eggs and hot dogs and revealed that she takes toilet paper from her husband's company, Westgate Resorts.
"Oh, it was so much fun," Siegel said. "He [Cohen] likes to talk a lot. He talks too much. I told him he was wasting my time. I was nervous. It's one thing when you have a taped interview. When you're live and you say something you shouldn't have said, it's out there forever."
Did she say anything she shouldn't have?
"I don't think I did."
What is David Siegel saying about all the media attention?
"He didn't want the movie to air and have so many viewers," she said. "It makes people think the company went under or is struggling. It's not. We just had to sell one building. By doing the press, he's happy I can get out there and let people know what happened. We started construction on the house, hired 2,000 people back. We're donating several thousand dollars to charity. We gave everybody a raise, even the housekeepers."
Jackie would like to star in a reality series. "We're still negotiating and entertaining opportunities," she said. "I do want to do something. I have to pick the right thing."
The Queen of Versailles can afford to be picky.Copyright © 2015, CT Now