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4/19: Celebrity Apprentice recap: Herschel Walker gets the boot

UGA’s own Herschel Walker got the boot by the Donald Sunday night but the Trump Man did it with a heavy heart.

“I am not a gay man and I love you,” Trump said. “Herschel, you’re fired.”

Somehow, country star Clint Black keeps surviving despite his argumentative ways and not-so-competent work thus far.

Walker, who runs a chicken company, decided to be the project manager for the second challenge of the night in which Schwan’s home delivery frozen foods wanted a new meal. Walker honed in on chicken, though he revealed an odd fact. He doesn’t actually eat chicken. Odd.

So did Herschel Walker deserve to get fired?

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Anyway, Black chose his wife’s ginger soy chicken recipe but it was way too salty so Joan Rivers saved it by adding orange flavor. But then Walker made his ultimately fatal mistake: he wanted to do a parfait. Black had concerns about the yogurt freezing and thawing properly. Walker got annoyed with him (”You argue about everything!” Walker said to Black.) and chose to keep doing the parfait. The company execs did like the chicken but found the dessert too complicated to pack.

The opponents, led by Jesse James, won with a gluten-free pasta and meatballs, courtesy of poker player Annie Duke. He acted a bit odd, doing most of the (minimalistic) marketing himself, minus Melissa, but it didn’t matter in the end. A win’s a win.

Overall, the Heisman Trophy winner comported himself like a champ. He occasionally lashed out at the likes of Black and earlier, Tom Green, but he played the game with class 99% of the time. Joan Rivers at one point even said she wished Melissa and Herschel would hook up, she liked him so much. Now — that would be one strange couple, eh?

He did lose twice, though, as project manager, so his charity Alternative Community Development Services, got nothing.

In the earlier challenge, Trump fired golfer Natalie Gulbes for an auction of Ivanka Trump’s jewelry. Her errors: not pulling in her buds to give money and picking jewelry that wasn’t showy enough for a live auction.

But what made that first hour fascinating was the interplay among Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers and Annie Duke.

To Annie’s credit, she did a brilliant job as an auctioneer shaking money down from her friends salted in the audience. (My girlfriend dubbed her a “nutcracker.”)

“She really knows how to take money from people,” Brande Roderick said admirably.

Team Kotu’s Black had a lot more trouble wrangling money. He couldn’t get people into it the way Duke did. Why wasn’t Joan Rivers doing it in the first place? The room was leaden. Nobody was spending.

“Utterly embarrassing,” said season one “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Piers Morgan, who was a guest observer.

Rivers finally came out during the big item to help poor Black. She helped them sell jewelry.

During the Trump panel discussion, “I like my team to all participate,” Joan said, rationalizing why Clint led the auction instead of her. Natalie’s pieces didn’t stand out from the back.

Ivanka was insulted that Joan Rivers’ strategy was to get the most money, by pooling the donor money for one item. In fact, they didn’t even sell all five pieces of jewelry.

Trump and Morgan wondered why Joan Rivers’ couldn’t get many big names. Melissa started defending her mom, noting that many big names turned him down.

Annie Duke criticized the strategy and Rivers did not take it well.

“You’re a despicable human being, a perfect poker player,” Joan Rivers said.

“She’s a crazy bitch and she better never talk to me again,” Duke said with venom later on.

In the end, Duke totally beat up on Rivers as team leaders, $153,000 to $92,000. So she got $245,000 for her charity Refugees International.

Previews show more fireworks between the two next week.

(Ratings for this episode was about 8.3 million people, according to early estimates out Monday afternoon. That’s higher than normal for a show that has tended to draw between 7 and 8 million viewers in recent weeks.)

57 comments Add your comment

Mat Prime

April 20th, 2009
12:12 am

Thanks for spoiling the Apprentice on the front page before I have a chance to watch it. Jerks.

steven adler

April 20th, 2009
12:20 am

Actually, I appreciated getting the information early.
Now tell me,
what’s The Apprentice?

DawgsRUs

April 20th, 2009
12:24 am

It’s amazing how this show allows the public to get an honest perspective of the various stars’ true personalities. For instance, before the show I would have never guessed that Herschel is ten times the man Clint Black will ever be. If egos were slam dunks Clint would be Michael Jordan! As far as Hershel, I hated to see him go but it’s been pretty obvious for a while that Joan and Annie will be the final two with Melissa going the week before. Hey, it’s show business.

Ozzfest

April 20th, 2009
12:29 am

BUZZ KILL 2009. WHY DON”T YOU JUST GO AHEAD AND TELL US WHAT DATE THE COX WILL STOP PRINTING THE AJC.

Fan of CA

April 20th, 2009
12:37 am

Thanks for the update!!!!!! Had to miss the final 20 minutes.. really appreciate your speedy coverage. Not even CA home page had the coverage.

Dawg92

April 20th, 2009
12:44 am

Loved seeing the contrast between Herschel and guys like Rodman, Clay and Black. If Herschel is supposed to be the crazy one I’d be damned! It’s obvious that Herschel garnered the respect of everyone there. I appreciated the fact that he always wore a suit to the board room. I think he got booted more for his lack of celebrity than his work. Oh well, kudos to Herschel Walker, the greatest college running back to ever play the game, for representing UGA and doing us proud!

rda367

April 20th, 2009
1:30 am

Joan Rivers is out of control. Nobody else is pulling personal attacks like she is. Trump is setting her up to be fired, no doubt. Annie Duke will win, and I am impressed by the way she did not completely blast Rivers.

It is striking how all the “nice guys” are being fired, and the strong stubborn people are still in the game.

John

April 20th, 2009
1:40 am

C’mon AJC, get to 2009. Most people DVR’d Celeb Apprentice to watch the local basketball game with the Hawks in the playoffs. No wonder papers are going under since they don’t even realize how people are operating under new technology. This is bad reporting.

David

April 20th, 2009
1:55 am

Hershel is a big cry baby. He sounds like he has a victim mentality. Don’t whine about Clint Mr. Walker. You should have taken charge. Clint is just more of a man than you are. Clint even tried to have your back on the crappy idea about the dessert. You called Clint a lier when he didn’t lie.

And everyone on here who comments about getting celebrity results to early because they haven’t watched the episode yet shouldn’t have read this. come on, really?

SueMarie

April 20th, 2009
2:08 am

Joan and Melissa remind me of my daughter and me — bff! With that said, I think Joan is being a real b@^$& with respect to Annie. One of the reasons that women are still having a hard time competing with men in the business world is that some of us (not I) cannot dispense with getting emotional in an arena that does not embrace emotionality. When was the last time you saw a man act the way Joan did tonight? Not good strategy, Joan. Get a grip!!

Patricia

April 20th, 2009
2:17 am

Anne is a disgusting person. She gets away with swearing and obscenity and stays on the show. Saying “blow-XXX” is okay? That is just awful. She should NOT stay on that show. I will NOT watch it anymore because of her disgusting remarks.

Bob

April 20th, 2009
2:33 am

Joan and her daughter are so brutal. I can’t believe how nasty they both are! I hope one of them get fired soon! I can’t take seeing Joan another week!

Davegas

April 20th, 2009
3:09 am

There seems to be a hidden agenda here where in the end, Joan and Melissa are the only two left.Natalie should not have been fired. If Ivanka had a complaint about the jewelry, hey she designed it. If Clint would have sold it for 15K, he would have been accused of selling it too cheap. They can spin it any way they want to. The next two off are Brandi and Jesse. That will leave the four controversial ones left.

meknowseverything

April 20th, 2009
3:37 am

What childishness of some posters- if you didn’t want to know the details, then why did you come here to read it before you watched the show? duh!

joan shoulda been fired but ratings ratings ratings- that’s what it’s all about – she did a horrible job with her decision making as mgr for the jewelry auction and oddly the show didn’t discuss the FACT she told natalie to get the cheapest jewelry- plus joan’s lost her freaking white-trash mind and her personal attacks on several competitors, instead of keeping in mind this is a competition, a game, she’s just a pathetic excuse for a human being- and her daughter doesn’t fall far from the tree-

by the way, you can watch all episodes and extra clips on hula.com, along with the nbc website- of course you can’t watch future shows until they air on tv-

also don’t bitch about the poster of the article because they aren’t exactly right on some of the trivial details that went down, though their outcome is accurate- it’s beyond me why anyone would read this stuff here before they see the show and then complain – idiots-

fyi – SPOILER – final 2-

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annie and melissa will be the final 2- not opinion, fact!

meknowseverything

April 20th, 2009
3:46 am

oops i meant hulu.com not hula
http://www.hulu.com/

^^ lots of tv shows there you can watch

Jan

April 20th, 2009
5:39 am

I used to think JOan rivers was the most obnoxious but after seeing Melissa I like JOan. Melissa is so gross that I have to turn the show ff. Her conceit and ego are so hugh that I cannot watch. Trump should have dumped her the first show. SHe is so horrible. Does she really think that with out her mother she would be even working at anything other than a clown drive thru (i.e jack in the box) Even vhanged her name from her real name to her mothers to be recognized and given “favors”. What a jerk

c johnson

April 20th, 2009
8:04 am

yeah, i didn’t appreciate Annie’s bragging about being the perfect woman “cooking three dishes at once ….. giving a great blow-xxx”. how crude is that. to hershel’s defense, he honed in on chicken breast immediately because research revealed that swawn’s customers preferred chicken breast. the judges seemed to like the chicken and beans ( after joan and hershel modified clint’s way-too-salty-sauce.) hershel lost on the yogurt. but aren’t we learning a lot about the “humble” clint black – NOT.

Pumpkin

April 20th, 2009
8:05 am

I was dissappointed that Joan did not give her input about Clint when The Don asked her to. Herschel was more of an asset to the team than Black and should not have been let go. Black should have been fired 2 shows ago!!! He is extremely irritating, boring, and selfish. His true personality has really come out on the show. I love that Annie, Melissa, and Joan finally went toe to toe. Makes for good TV.

Rod

April 20th, 2009
8:33 am

Joan is pathetic. Everyone knows Melissa made it in show business ONLY because of her mom. She’s doing this show to try and let people see that she’s her own person and should be respected (she’s pointed out MANY times that she produces shows).

However, Joan is always the mother hen and protecting Melissa in everything. She’s proving that Melissa still can’t stand on her own two feet without Momma Joan supporting her. Pathetic.

Rod

April 20th, 2009
8:36 am

Hey – meknowseverything – apparently you don’t!

The posters are complaining because when you go to the AJC homepage, it’s posted right there that Walker was booted. So, you already know what happened before you see anything else. That is bad work on behalf of the ajc. The headline should have read: “Another one booted out on Apprentice” so you could click on it ONLY if you wanted to know.

Name (required)

April 20th, 2009
8:37 am

So will Herschel claim one of his concocted “multiple personalities” got kicked off the show?

@meknowseverything: it’s kind of hard to avoid, when the idiot editors at AJC put “HERCHEL WALKER KICKED OFF CELEBRITY APPRENTICE” right on the damn front page. Kinda ruins it for people who Tivo the show. They could have at least made the headline “CELBRITY APPRENTICE: SPOILERS INSIDE”. Dumbasses.

Cal

April 20th, 2009
8:46 am

Did Herschel work in a chicken house when he was growing up? If he did that would explain why he does not eat chicken.

In the entire 10 minutes I saw of The Apprentice this season, Herschel was much classier than most of the of the cast, including Trump. I will continue to read Rodney’s updates and watch “The Soup” for the lowlights.

Mort Merkel

April 20th, 2009
8:58 am

I’d like to hook up with Melissa.

Judge Smales

April 20th, 2009
9:19 am

Which Herschel got the boot?

tallblonde

April 20th, 2009
9:51 am

I missed most of the first hour – had to watch Ron White on Comedy Central – FUNNY!!!!!!!

MA Merrill

April 20th, 2009
9:52 am

I am so bummed at AJC…. take the Headline “Herschel Gets Booted off Celebrity Apprentice” off the front page. I was so upset b/c I had recorded it last night and planned to watch it tonight and you ruined it for me when I pulled up the home page at AJC. I didn’t even read this article, but wanted to put in my 2 cents so the results are ruined for other Herschel fans!

Rodney Ho

April 20th, 2009
9:56 am

We normally don’t spoil reality show results off the home page of ajc.com but we erred last night. I only noticed the problem this morning when I logged in and got it fixed a few minutes ago. Again, our apologies for playing spoilsport for folks who DVRed it and hadn’t caught the show or didn’t want to know immediately.

MRM

April 20th, 2009
10:10 am

Boycott Apprentice because Annie Duke is an idiot….Perfect wife. great blow job????Are you kidding me. That is not a sight I would like to get a visual of…..on the other hand, Natalie Gulbis? that would be soooo much better.

Heff

April 20th, 2009
10:21 am

Ahhhhh, Annie Duke, ahhhhhhh. Um, I gotta go!

ZINGY

April 20th, 2009
10:40 am

To Joan Everyone’s a snake, first Clint was horrible now she’s all about him and picking on Annie. She’s the one that needs to the fired, She’s the troublemaker. And Clint is extremely self centered.

sea

April 20th, 2009
10:57 am

Herschel did us proud….Thanks Herschel.

It was nice when Joan Rivers told him “I want to send your mama a letter and tell he what a fine son she raised”.

sea

April 20th, 2009
10:58 am

Oopps – should have been “tell her” above.

JenniferGO Dawgs

April 20th, 2009
11:03 am

Thanks for spoiling the ending before I got to watch it! With Herschel gone there’s no reason to watch any more. He showed class and I am damn proud of him! I hope he is even more successful in life than he is now and God Bless him. Go Dawgs! By the way is football season here yet?! I am ready!

MA Merrill

April 20th, 2009
11:04 am

Rodney, thank you for your explanation and for changing the headline. Now if you could only change the results of the show last night so my hero, Herschel, was still in the running. I now have no desire to watch the rest of the season…I only watched for Herschel and he certainly did not let me down. What a class act…he showed the rest of the world what we Georgia fans/alumni already knew! He is one of a kind! Love him!

Jon Burrows

April 20th, 2009
11:08 am

This show has become a complete farce. Over the last several episodes Trump has not so cleverly removed anyone who isn’t a controversial a-hole. It’s not about playing the game best anymore, it’s about whose out of control ego will garner this fading show the most ratings. Gulbis was just the latest quiet casualty; there is no reason whatsoever she deserved to be fired over Clint Black or Joan Rivers. And you know Trump was dying to get the reserved Hershel Walker off even though he has raised the most money. Trump conveniently used the “losing project manager” argument even though Walker’s performance as project manager in the 2nd task was leaps and bounds better than Joan Rivers’ performance in the 1st task and even though Clint Black F upped again. All this make Trump look like the phony hypocrit he really is.

RH

April 20th, 2009
11:16 am

I think Joan is obnoxious – BUT she has been working hard on EVERY task and is very successful. She seems like the only one that knows what it’s like to run a successful business. Annie is good – but she is liar and a snake. That is why she is a great poker player. I hope Trump sees what a back-stabbing, two faced person she is. She is so full of herself. And the comment and the “job” was disgusting and shows what trash she really is. Sorry but Joan does have Annie’s number. That what ticks Annie off and makes for good TV. Joan, no matter how irritating she is, has the best most fairminded business sense.

Barbara

April 20th, 2009
11:20 am

Enter your comments here

What an insult to woman Joan Rivers is. And that pitiful daughter of hers is doubly shameful. Two ugly, ugly narcissists – Donald your show’s been reduced to ‘GUTTER TRASH’ with these two on…and you’re showing your classless side. My daughter will throw out our TV is I dare watch those trashy ‘insult to women’ Rivers girls.

RH

April 20th, 2009
11:20 am

Oh, and as for Herschel… He may be a great athlete and a respected business person, but everytime he opens his mouth and talks he sounds very uneducated.

TJ of GPW

April 20th, 2009
11:30 am

The Apprentice cum Celebrity Apprentice has gone from being a quasi-legitimate search for the best and the brightest into pure farce and utter manipulation (of viewers). Let’s face it…none of this season’s contestants nor those of recent seasons merits recognition for their business skills, savvy, and/or professionalism. The whining, the complaining, the back-stabbing, the tantrums, the inappropriate behavior (drunknessness, absenteeism, etc.) and the sheer ineptitude would, in “the real world” render each one of these people unhireable.

That being said, in rating the remaining candidates, I’d reserve the least amount of criticism for Annie Duke. One can argue about her duplicity and even knock her for saying “BJ” in a moment of self-aggrandizement (though personally, I didn’t find it offensive), she gets high marks for not resorting to hyperbolic slandering (if this were a prized trait, then Joan should not only be the Celebrity Apprentice, but should perhaps take over Trump’s role, as well). Another quality that distinguishes Duke from the rest is how she attends to each and every task… with competence and deftness. When was the last time anyone said a “fatal” screw-up (i.e., one which caused a team to fail) was due to Annie? As for her blowing up because a poker colleague was contacted by the opposing team, I actually hoped that on learning what was going on, she would have convinced her friend (Phil) to play along–that is to promise to bit on the other team’s jewelry items, but at the proper time either fail to bid at all, OR, better still, bid HIGH on an item from Annie’s team. Moreover, Annie should have ranted and complained as she had, but would have not let on that she put the kibbosh on Natalie’s effort (i.e., let her think she had succeeded). That would have made a better strategy and certainly for better TV drama!

So

TJ of GPW

April 20th, 2009
12:25 pm

One more thing I wanted to say…. To those who would criticize Annie Duke for asserting her skills include fellatio, you might want to also condemn Trump for interjecting sex (specifically Jesse’s alleged sexual prowess) as the main, if not ONLY, reason why Sandra Bullock (Mrs. Jesse James) would be in love with her husband. Indeed, I think what Trump said is 100 times more egregious. Even though each of their quips were meant to be light-hearted, Annie was referring to herself, whereas Trump was being disrespectful to contestant, who did not take kindly to the crack. If I were James, I would have told Trump off that his personal life, especially his marriage, is none of his damned business! Now THAT REALLY would have made for good TV! ;-)

TJ of GPW

April 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

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Clayton Resident

April 20th, 2009
12:50 pm

Annie Duke is playing the game, Joan & Melissa Rivers are just pissed that she’s playing it better than they can and there are TWO of them.

I thought Piers was right on that FINALLY somebody asked Melissa & Joan why they’re always in each others business. Put them on the same team so we don’t have to see this anymore.

If other players refused to choose 2 people to bring into the Boardroom – as Rivers did TWICE just on last night’s eppy (once as Project Mgr) Trump would’ve fired that person for being weak right then & there. Joan crying her plasticized crocodile tears was so transparent.

Clint Black should’ve been fired last night. He didn’t even have the class to shake Herschel’s hand when he got fired. Black’s days are numbered, he’s shown himself to be an idiot and Joan will have him as a snack on the next challenge when he inevitably effs up again.

At this point I’m Annie Duke’s biggest fan, as a person she kinda sux but as a player she’s doing great! And Joan comparing her to HITLER? Come on now that was way outta line & uncalled for & made Joan look like an azz.

Clayton Resident

April 20th, 2009
12:54 pm

Another interesting thing was that Annie’s friends stepped up to support here. Joan Rivers bragged about being in the entertainment industry for what, 49 years, and she couldn’t get more donations than Annie who is really only part of the poker industry?

With all Joan’s connection (and I’d think Melissa had a few herself) that episode shows how unliked these women really are that NOBODY stepped up for them when it counted. Same for that blonde golfer, she couldn’t get ANY donations? Come on now.

Kat

April 20th, 2009
12:58 pm

I saw the show. Entertaining if frivolous, of course. Originally, the AJC had on the front page that Herschel was kicked off the Apprentice. Later, it was changed to “Was he or wasn’t he…?”

sharon

April 20th, 2009
2:55 pm

Joan should do a public service announcement and call it “Just Say No to Plastic Surgery”. It is painful to look at her. I liked when Melissa greeted her mother at the door and told her that Annie was already upset and not to add fuel to the fire. I’m sad Herschel is gone. I was pulling for him to win the whole thing. Clint Black plays the victim real good. I think the final two will be Joan and Annie.

Common sense

April 20th, 2009
2:57 pm

Face it, Herschel is dumber than a box of rocks. He may be a “good person” but it takes more than that to succeed in business.

Common sense

April 20th, 2009
3:49 pm

Face it, Herschel is dumber than a box of rocks. He may be a nice guy but it takes more than that too succeed in business.

Matt

April 20th, 2009
5:21 pm

Anne is a good player but there is something that is wrong with that personality, too aggressive I guess. I know its successful in our society but that doesn’t make it good. Joan goes overboard on her but I see where she’s coming from. Herschel, a nice guy, but not open to even listening to others will get you far.

The Perv

April 20th, 2009
5:46 pm

If it was the “Celebrity Blow-Job Show,” ALL of their charities would make millions off the pay-per-view rights!

MRM

April 20th, 2009
8:28 pm

TJ of GPW…………..What?…..You need to freakin get off your high horse and write a cognitive sentence. Stop trying too hard. ….and by the way, your as much of a self centered idiot as Annie Duke..