Shaq rules ‘Secret Celebrity Makeover’. talks about the LIV Golf controversy

At 7-foot-1 and one of the best centers in NBA history, the Hall of Fame superstar known worldwide as Shaq isn’t used to rejection.

Yet when Shaquille O’Neal, 50, offered to completely remodel his beloved Uncle Roy’s house in Orlando, Florida for CBS’s “Secret Celebrity Renovation,” the selfless “real uncle” who housed the family from O’Neal in 1992 when the rookie was drafted by the Orlando Magic, he politely declined.

“When I asked him at first, he said no. I had to find my mom, the older sister,” says O’Neal. “She talked to him and made him do it.”

Everybody wins as the CBS rehab reality show continues into its second season and airs Friday (8 pm EDT/PDT). The larger-than-life O’Neal opened up about what he promises will be “the best celebrity makeover ever” airing in September.

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Shaquille O'Neal assists in "Secret celebrity makeover."

Question: We’re sure this will be the best makeover show of all time, but why?

Shaq: I watch some renewal shows and when I see the reveal, that’s not a renewal. I don’t know if there is a word above luxury, but that is exactly what this renovation is. Like your stove, refrigerator, and wood trim, I don’t have them in any of my mansions. This was something else.

Q: Why was your Uncle Roy the perfect choice for this honor?

Shaq: I am a very generous family man. But if I call him and say ‘Uncle Roy, I have a million, do you want $100,000?’ he will always say ‘No, you work hard for that’. He has never asked me for anything in all my time, not money for a flight or a business, nothing.

Shaq and Uncle Roy hug each other "Secret celebrity makeover." No tears, but deep gratitude.

Q: During the emotional reveal of ‘Renewal,’ will we see tears from you or from Uncle Roy?

Shaq: We were not allowed to share emotions by shedding tears growing up. We share emotions just by giving a hug and saying “thank you”.

Q: Legendary Boston center Bill Russell died this week, what kind of inspiration was he to you?

Shaq: I grew up knowing that Bill Russell was a great man. But I didn’t know until I talked to him how great it was. He couldn’t stay in the same hotels as his (white) classmates, people wrote harsh words to him. Back then, he never made the kind of money I make, but he never complained. These conversations taught me to be mentally tough, to never complain, and not to be a cry baby with everything at my disposal.

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