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3/23: Morning Mash with Celebrity Apprentice recap, Obama/Leno ratings, Wes Moss

The men finally won a challenge and Donald Trump fired the female team’s manager Claudia Jordan. Claudia who? She’s some model who opened suitcases on “Deal or No Deal.” (NBC synergy!)

The result: former NBA star Dennis Rodman remains another week. You can see why the producers…errr..Trump kept him around last week despite the fact he’s surly, unproductive and unpredictable.

Early on in episode four, Rodman got angry with country singer Clint Black, who criticized his inability to be a team player. Then he cursed Black out and walked out. Reality show gold!

“Notice he got in the face of the smallest guy,” Jesse James said later to Black.

“I’m tired of holding his hand,” said project manager Brian McKnight. “There’s nothing we can do to rein him in.”

“I almost got on a chair and decked him,” the diminutive Black joked.

Oh, yah. There was a challenge: launching a cel phone. McKnight (”This isn’t a democracy. This is a dictatorship”) led the task. He created the music and sang. Black, another musician, felt like he’s left doing menial tasks.

Rodman arrived partway through the competition. “I don’t quit for nothing,” Rodman said. He told the cameras, “I’m not that big of an [arse.]” But McKnight didn’t want to use him, feeling he couldn’t afford to have someone “babysit” him.

In the end, the men’s presentation (even without Dennis) was far sharper, utilizing the team’s talents, including McKnight’s pipes and James’ production skills. It was more flash than substance but it worked. Eighty-five percent of the ACN audience voted for the guys. The women relied too much on Joan Rivers’ humor, which failed to compensate for boring vignettes.

While the men used McKnight, why didn’t the women use Atlanta’s own Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC? “We thought the focus on something they could relate to in the audience. That’s what the vignettes were,” Jordan said.

Funnest part was when Jordan totally dissed Melissa Rivers to the camera: “I don’t like her personally. She looks funny. She scares me. I don’t know if she’s happy or sad. Same blank look on her face and her eyes, and her forehead doesn’t move. If Joan Rivers wasn’t around, there wouldn’t be any Melissa Rivers on TV.” Sic her!

Georgia connection update: How about UGA alum Herschel Walker? He was there, was not a factor over the two hours. And for the fourth week in a row, T-Boz stayed so under the radar, nobody really noticed she was there.

-Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show” had its biggest ratings in several years thanks to Barack Obama’s appearance last Thursday. Among the 56 biggest markets, the show received an 11.2 rating and 26 share. Locally, the show got an 8.2 rating and 21 share, significantly lower but more than double the normal numbers for WXIA-TV.

-Speaking of “The Apprentice,” a former contestant Wes Moss has been carving out a minor radio career locally, first on WGST but now as the host of “Money Matters” on WSB-AM, replacing the late great Mike Kavanagh. Moss’ show can be heard from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sundays. I’ll talk to him next week and post the interview.

-Another reporter attended Frank and Tonya Ski’s “Legends” second luncheon honoring six Clayton County kids featuring Xenona Clayton, the founder of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, and singer Monica.

-My weekly list of TV best bests is here.

8 comments Add your comment

C.J. Hobbs

March 23rd, 2009
8:11 am

It’s clear Donald Trump likes Joan Rivers,. Claudia, was set up for the very reason she was fired; no experience in directing. There is nothing worst than a non productive person on any team. If Melissa Rivers was so dam great then why was’nt she picked to be the project director? Mallissa was pisted off because she was not picked by the rest of the team to be the project director and refused to cooperate with Claudia because of how she knew Cludia felt about her. The non product girl should have been fired. Dennis Rodman needs his mommy’s Encouragement. Congratulations Brian; you took care of business.


March 23rd, 2009
9:13 am

I agree with Claudia! Melissa would be nothing without her mommy. While she is being blasted Melissa is begging her mom to jump in. That was pathetic. It amazed me that noone said anything to Claudia but then all threw her under the bus. I agree she was not the best project manager but how can you be when you have Melissa breathing down your neck????


March 23rd, 2009
9:40 am

Claudia Jordan also host her own radio show on Sirius Xm radio on monday night and on fridays with Jamie Foxx. She is so funny when she is uncut, its hard to believe she looks so innocent on t.v. but to hear her on radio is a different story.


March 23rd, 2009
9:54 am

I do not watch the show, but just looking at the picture I don’t think I would have cut this woman outta anything!


March 23rd, 2009
11:48 am



March 23rd, 2009
11:55 am

If Donald Trump was hosting a show with the Playboy Calendar Girls, I still couldn’t watch it because I’d have to see his ugly face with that draw-string mouth and pathetic comb-over. And, the fact that he has made a career out of screwing shareholders while he gets away scott-free is disgusting to me. He may be rich — probably not as rich as he’d have you believe — but he’s pathetic.

Dr. Stan

March 23rd, 2009
3:48 pm

I have to agree with TvTard. She’s hired! Not fired.


March 23rd, 2009
4:22 pm

Boots- a little bitter about someone being more successful than you, huh!