Even though she was the first contestant to be eliminated from Oprah's Big Give, Marlene says she remains positive about her week on the show. "The experience was great," she says. "I was overwhelmed. Oprah called me to do this. It was great knowing that I can do something to meet a need, so I was excited about that."
Do you agree with the judges' decision?
Jamie says the decision to vote off Marlene certainly wasn't for her lack of enthusiasm. "Marlene was always a vision of excitement and goodness, and she's a wonderful person," he says. "But in the construct of a game show, she didn't get as much done as the others. It was the first week, so had she stayed on the second week, she would have."
Marlene says with another week she really could have shown what she was capable of. "If I could do this again, you just don't know," she says. "I've got so much energy."