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4/13: Celebrity Apprentice recap – Brian McKnight quietly departs

“Celebrity Apprentice” went off the rails last week when Donald Trump inexplicably did not fire Clint Black for his, um, self-congratulatory video. Black put the rather silly, rather unfunny video together with virtually no imput from his teammates and was rejected by the All detergent execs for its suggestive nature.

What do you think really happened? I suspect the producers needed to get rid of two boring personalities (sorry, T-Boz) and keep the Joan Rivers-Clint Black clashing dynamic going. Total silliness, totally arbitrary.

Do you think Brian McKnight deserved to go home last night?

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This time around, the Powers That Be focused Sunday’s episode on the two Rivers (the most quotable pair on the show) and poker player Annie Duke (upper left). And since the first challenge was kinda boring (and eliminated a staid Brian McKnight), the second hour honed in on another challenge, a fashion show/fundraiser featuring Ivanka Trump’s jewelry.

(UGA grad and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker was not a major factor during these two hours. He did get into one minor tiff with Black and Walker sniped, “When Clint gets mad, he runs off like a little girl.” Good line, Herschel!)

The real intrigue started during the boardroom of the first challenge, in which the two teams created a point-of-sale display for an identity theft program Lifelock.

Both teams did a good job but golfer Natalie Gulbis’ team, with Joan Rivers, Herschel Walker and Clint Black, was more creative. (McKnight’s team lacked creativity.)

Surprisingly, Black and Rivers got along during the first challenge after clashing last week. “He’s terrific, Rivers said, of Black. “He’s stubborn as hell.”

Joan thought Annie Duke was going to diss Playboy Playmate Brande Roderick in the boardroom for being lame and not so smart but instead Duke let her daughter Melissa hang to dry. Joan deemed the poker player “two faced.” So — this is… surprising?

During the fashion show challenge, Duke suddenly became buddy buddy with Roderick, who was energized by this task and was even going to be a model during the show. Melissa was jealous. Really jealous. She bitched and moaned to the cameras constantly about it. Very entertaining. Very catty.

My favorite strategy came from golfer Natalie Gulbis, who thought it’d be great to get one of Duke’s poker rivals to show up at the fashion show and buy jewelry for the Joan Rivers team. Joan was impressed that Natalie was willing to go in the “gutter” with her.

We’ll see the fashion show next week and find out who raises the most money. (Herschel said he had at least $40,000 lined up from his VIP buds.)

The two hours ended with a very very modest “reveal.” Last year’s winner Piers Morgan will help out Trump to see the two teams, noting that Jesse James hasn’t raised any money and Melissa is a bit of a drama queen and isn’t well liked.

28 comments Add your comment

RoHo Fan

April 13th, 2009
9:49 am

I thought last night’s episode was the best one yet for this season. And I LOVE that they are bringing back Piers Morgan, I watched the season he won and he was so easy to hate! I don’t think there is anyone currently on this run that comes close to Piers, save for maybe Annie?

sharon

April 13th, 2009
2:33 pm

Joan and Melissa got on my last nerve last night. I wanted to scream everytime Joan and Melissa called Annie two faced. When Joan broke that champagne glass and went to pack her bags, I couldn’t stop laughing. As boring as Herschel is, I really like him and I hope he wins the whole thing.

yo

April 13th, 2009
2:43 pm

i like natalie and brandy. hope they make it to the last show and then they have a mudwrestling contest for the chance to be the apprentice.

if we’re lucky, someone will “accidentally” know joan and melissa off the top of the trump tower. :)

Tom

April 13th, 2009
9:45 pm

Joan and Melissa are comming of like trailer trash. Both threatening to quit if they don’t get thier way. Funny they should be making fun of Brandys good looks as both Joan and Mellisa have had more plastic surgery than the rest of the cast including Ivankas new breasts.
cheers

cindy

April 13th, 2009
11:17 pm

Joan and Melissa are two of the most annoying people on TV/…..Melissa is an idiot..she is obviously so jealous of Brandy that she could just die…All the plastic surgery int the world will help Melissa…also, Im pretty sure only friend she has is her mommy…who else would put up with that mouth. Melissa is convinces that SHE is an expert at everything…give it a rest Melissa..you would be nobody (actually you are nobody) if it wasnt for your mommy who used to be funny about 100 years ago.

Sharon Byrd

April 13th, 2009
11:30 pm

I cannot believe Brian McKnight was eliminated. He is so intelligent. But I think he might have had previous concert engagements. I really thought he was going to be in the final three and possibly the apprentice.

Shan

April 13th, 2009
11:39 pm

Joan and Melissa are city girls. They don’t understand Clint Black. He is a cowboy. Cowboys and city girls don’t mix. Joan and Melissa are never going to understand his thinking. They are spoiled brats and can stay in the city with their money. That was a great show last night showed mom and daughters true colors. I hope Clint makes to the end!! COWBOY UP!!!

Jill

April 13th, 2009
11:40 pm

I wanted to reach into my television and grab joan and melissa and shake them for how stupid, obnoxious and childish they were being. When Joan dropped the champagne glass i almost turned the show off for good. Let melissa fight her own battles. Melissa would be nothing w/o her mother’s name and she needs to grow up (both of them do)

steph

April 14th, 2009
3:02 am

I love Annie. Joan Rivers looks old. She’s become hunch backed and mean. I don’t think she likes anyone on the show. Let melissa take care of herself. Oh Joan, you look so unattractive and now have a personality to match.

Jim

April 15th, 2009
9:15 am

I can’t believe that Donald Trump did not fire Clint Black and Melissa Rivers in the recent show where 2 were let go. I used to love this show because it had inegrity and was about the best of the best. Now, Donald has turned it into another blathering reality show where the winners win on Trump’s “likeability” meter. So what if Khloe got a DUI ! But she is off the show because Trump “hates” drunk drivers regardless of her credentials. Black and Rivers should have both been fired for not performing yet another gal was fired simply because she “volunteered” to come in to the board room.

bill

April 15th, 2009
8:16 pm

if Trump dislikes people who use and abuse alcohol why did he kiss Rodman’s ass ?

Chanel

April 17th, 2009
12:58 pm

Ok, I read all your comments and I have a few to add. I agree that the mother/daughter team are quite annoying, I do think the playmate girl is beautiful but lazy (can’t same dumb because this last task is right up her alley and she appears to know what she’s doing), but the comment that sent me OVER THE EDGE last episode, was when Anne looked at the camera, rolled her eyes and said “It’s JUST a DUI!!!” (ref: Khloe getting fired over the DUI) as a MADD member and an aunt who lost her 8 year old nephew to an idiotic drunk driver, I’m siding with Mr. Trump on this one. She never should have been on the show. So since she’s a (don’t know HOW) so-called ‘celebrity’, she should be excused from drunk driving?! Go Trump – Anne: you’re an idiot.

bob monroe

April 19th, 2009
10:12 pm

joan rivers is a nasty pig.the things she said about annie were sad to say the least.How could you not have fired her. Last time i watch your show

Sonya

April 21st, 2009
2:34 pm

Brian was the best, smart,talented…..I hate the show now! Joan Rivers go sit in a rocking chair!

Mary Frances

April 26th, 2009
11:53 pm

Why does Trump have celebrities? We can just watch episodes of how he made is “blood money”. or just have celebrities with the richest friends. It appears you do not need talent….just rich friends. Won’t watch after tonight. Boring theme.

kiki

May 4th, 2009
8:56 am

Can’t stand Clint – Narcistic Arrogant Smug
Annie Drives me crazy – she takes self-credit for every project
If the project wins – its cuz of her.. it the project loses.. its cuz no one was *helping her* and she had to do everything by herself – which she always takes over anyways..

I adore Joan Rivers ~ I don’t think Melissa is the sort to get jealous of other girls’ looks.. she is more a brain person and ..

Jesse is great but overly passive – same as Brande who has no idea when she is being manipulated by Annie

Shame to see Brian Knight go :(
Thank God the drunk is off .. wanted to punch him a few times
Obnoxious Rude Stupid quite frankly

Hugz all ~

kiki

May 4th, 2009
8:56 am

Can’t stand Clint – Narcistic Arrogant Smug
Annie Drives me crazy – she takes self-credit for every project
If the project wins – its cuz of her.. it the project loses.. its cuz no one was *helping her* and she had to do everything by herself – which she always takes over anyways..

I adore Joan Rivers ~ I don’t think Melissa is the sort to get jealous of other girls’ looks.. she is more a brain person and ..

Jesse is great but overly passive – same as Brande who has no idea when she is being manipulated by Annie

Shame to see Brian Knight go :(
Thank God the drunk is off .. wanted to punch him a few times
Obnoxious Rude Stupid quite frankly

Hugz all ~

jay vee

May 11th, 2009
9:04 am

Well its tough not to root against the rivers girls… they’re right behind dennis as the ugliest humans ever seen on any series of apprentice -holla

Angie

May 11th, 2009
1:02 pm

I was so shocked last night when Mr Trump made Joan Rivers the Celebrity Apprentice. I have to believe that he didn’t watch any of the footage. When Joan was behaving so horidly toward David Totero I believed that he would quite. If anyone is trailor trash it’s Joan Rivers. Apparently, she wants to fit the stereotype of an old Jewish grandmother who is overbearing and condescending. In a real business environment, she would have been fired earlier. Joan constantly called Annie Duke a liar, and then some. I’m shocked that Mr. Trump would witness that behavior and still name Joan Celebrity Apprentice. Even if he didn’t have time to investigate the event, he should NOT allow such behavior from someone who pretends to be a professional. It was absolutely unbelievable. If that doesn’t demonstrate that he’s really just about having conflicts to increase viewership, I don’t know what would. I am so disappointed in Mr. Trump and Joan Rivers. What a big let down they are.

Angie

May 11th, 2009
1:17 pm

I can’t believe what a piece of (*&() Joan Rivers is. Everything that Annie Duke said was true. Mr. Trump should have consulted David Totero. He would have chosen Annie Duke as Celebrity Apprentice. Joan Rivers is trailer trash. Annie Duke has class.

Mark Carlson

May 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

joan & melissa rivers behavior throughout this show is typical for a person of their ethnicity. The community and family/ethnicity that I’m a part of finds joan rivers in particular to be awful example of a human being and unlady like to say it kindly. joan’s sinister and ugly behavior (too long to list here) from hitler referances to insulting everyone that has ever visited Las Vegas or has gambled is a reflection/example of who and what she is. It is obviious and a shame to see that trump has used this for another agenda. He clearly is not seeking the better or most qualified for the position. After watching the show and hearing the rivers duo talking about their ethnicity. It is clear to see why every civilization throughout the history mankind has had to be at war with this one specific ethnicity. After thousands of years it is clear to see that it is not the world that is wrong, but this one specific ethnicity.

Patty DeJarnette

May 11th, 2009
3:24 pm

I can not believe Joan Rivers but I am sure now she is pure EVIL. I cannot she funds a charity about God’s love and the acts like Satan on TV. Jone and Trump need to go to their own office alone on their knees ask for forgiveness and then give the USA ethical examples of work.
I have seen street people with more love in their heart than these two.
I cannot believe Joan and her daughter were allowed to talk like that
and Mr. Trump did not fire them on the spot. I felt he was a bit intiminated by Ms. Rivers….every man has his fear

jerry

May 11th, 2009
6:57 pm

I can’t believe that Trump took Joan Rivers over Annie Duke. Duke is so much more of a corporate type person than River’s is by far. She won’t last 6 months if that long. I lost a lot of respect for
Trump after his decision sunday night;. He is suposed to be such a great business man. Not any more in my books.

TIM

May 11th, 2009
6:59 pm

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS SEASON ALTHOUGH IT SURE SEEMED AS IF THIS SHOW WAS WRITTEN OUT FOR THE PLAYERS. IT SEEMED JOAN WAS BEING PICKED AS THE WINNER FROM THE START TRUMP EVEN TOLD CLINT HE WAS NOT GOING TO FIRE HER EARLY ON. TRUMP ALSO SEEMED TO SHOW IGNORANCE BY NOT REALLY KNOWING THE PLAYERS,TRUMP HAD NO IDEA WHO JESSIE JAMES WAS ONLY AS A MOVIE STARS HUSBAND, JOAN CALLED THESE STARS UNSPEAKABLE NAMES AND WAS NEVER PUNISHED AT ALL, THEN TO ADD A FINAL INSULT TO ANNIE DUKE HE SAID SHE COULD NOT PROVE GAMBLING (POKER ) MONEY WAS NOT MAFIA MONEY AND ASKED IF SOME OF HER FREINDS WERE JUST DEGINERATE GAMBLERS, DOSENT TRUMP OWN CASINOS? IF THIS IS HOW HE TREATS HIS CUSTOMERS I HOPE HIS BANKRUPTCY TAKES ALOT AWAY FROM HIM I WAS A FAN ! UNTILL THIS SHOW

Bob

May 12th, 2009
3:26 pm

Its wonderful that $1.5 million was raised over all those weeks of two hour shows and the three hour final for charity.

May I ask though how much money did Donald make using the charity format, Annie raised close to a million of the total and Joan a minor amount.

Donald constantly attacked Jesse for not tapping his connections stating this is about raising money for the charities then later positioning his decision to chose Joan trying to scam us with the impression it was about the game.

I’ve been a big fan of Joan for over 50 years, it was obvious weeks ago this was the Joan Rivers Show and it was interesting how Donald and his team had to adjusted week after week when Joan/Melissa were being whipped with class and professionalism by Annie.

What a fraud, all the winning project managers received $20,000 for their charity from Donald for most projects, it must have been embarassing to the celebrity for Donald a billionaire making a big deal out of the mega celebrity handing that check over to their charity in front of millions of viewers.

Shame, Shame Shame Donald but we know its all about the bottom line!!!!

PS: When Joan and Annie were picking there team I thought a brilliant move by Annie would be for her to pick Melissa, ha, that would have destroyed Joan, the old rule is to devide and conquer, what do you think?

Mark Carlson

May 12th, 2009
4:03 pm

I wondered about that also. However, I came to the conclusion that melissa would have done anything she could to sabotage Annie. A well placed accident of some sort.

Donald Trump Sucks

May 13th, 2009
5:31 am

Trump dislikes anyone talking bad about him, so he chose Joan Rivers. For God’s sake, Joan even recently called Tom Hanks a Nazi (Google the words Joan Rivers, Nazi, and Tom Hanks to confirm this). ————————————————————————— Joan Rivers is basically one nasty woman. I got sucked into this show late in the season, but never again. Donald Trump, you really are a ROYAL jackass!!!

michelle

May 15th, 2009
11:22 am

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