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4/26: Celebrity Apprentice recap: Melissa Rivers dumped

Angriest… departure… ever!

More than 100 people have been eliminated from this show over the years. Melissa Rivers took it by far the worst ever. She declined any post-show interview with the producers, cursed up a storm and called Brande Roderick and Annie Duke “whore pit vipers.” (Those Rivers know the descriptive nasties, eh?) What’s cooler, Joan Rivers joined her daughter in solidarity and left in disgust.

‘You are a piece of xxxx and you’re a stupid blonde!” Joan said to the two of them as they returned. She then accused Roderick of being manipulated, which the former Playboy Playmate noted, “I’m still here!”

Roderick also said (rightly) that this is about raising the most money, which gave Rivers an excuse to go after Duke one more time: “You give money with blood on it. You’re a poker player. You’re beyond white trash.”

Was Melissa Rivers' angry post-firing reaction justified?

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Will Melissa convince her mom to come back? I bet she will do so by telling Joan to take out Annie.

[By the way, I had planned to do recaps only while Georgia connected Herschel Walker (out last week) and T-Boz (out two weeks ago) were on the show. But since there are just three episodes left anyway and Herschel will be back next week, I figured I'll finish this out.]

Let’s go back to what happened.

There were two conflict points. The first one didn’t matter this week in the end because their team won: Jesse James vs. Clint Black. (I know, I know. What the heck is Clint Black still doing here? He makes good TV with his quiet arrogance and that black hat.)

The challenge was to create a four-page print ad for a new Right Guard product. This NBA player David Lee would be featured.

James had a clear idea of how to do the ad, but Clint Black was the project manager. Black incorporated some of James’ ideas but wanted a lot more of the brand message and colors than James. James was very passive aggressive, quietly angry at first, then eventually letting Black had it near the end of the challenge.

“Clint sucks,” James said forlornly to the camera.

But he was lucky because the Right Guard folks didn’t like the other team’s concept as much. So Clint, go figure, won as project manager.

Ultimately, the more interesting problem was between Melissa and the dynamic duo of Annie and Brande, who remained buddy buddy again. Melissa felt “frozen out.”

James Cramer, one of the observers for Donald Trump, at first felt Brande should be eliminated because she delegated to Annie, who created the concept and did the presentation. But Brande put a strong defense which impressed Cramer while Melissa sounded, well, whiny. And Melissa didn’t raise as much money over the entire game as the other two. (For once, fundraising became criteria. As we know, Trump seems to enjoy coming up with oddball reasons to nix someone each week nowadays.)

So the final five (or four?) are now Brande, Annie, Joan, Jesse and Clint. Who deserves to win at this point? Annie, from a pure game-playing standpoint and fundraising, should. But you can argue that Jesse has been real sharp, too. I can’t see Clint, Joan or Brande winning this, to be honest. Clint has been generally too much Mr. Conflict. Joan has worked hard but bitched and moaned a lot and hasn’t raised much money despite her Hollywood connections. Brande? She’s not as dumb as Joan thinks she is, but she is still not nearly as sharp as Jesse or Annie.

75 comments Add your comment

G.Cooper

April 27th, 2009
3:18 am

Brande should have been the one to be fired. She was not an effective project leader. She did not delegate anything to Melissa & she let Annie take over the project. Clearly there was a personality clash here but it is up to the project leader to control it not feed it. Yes Brande & Annie may have raised more money than Melissa in the past but each project is to be judged on its own merit. Donald Trump made a big mistake in firing Melissa (at this time) because on this project it shoudl have been Brande. Shame on you Donald. Now you have to bear the brunt of Joan’s wrath. Haven’t you heard of “Beware the wrath of a woman scorned”. I bet we haven’t seen anything yet!!!

sneaky pete

April 27th, 2009
3:30 am

Do Melissa and Joan think the show producers are also conspiring to get rid of Melissa…. they must cause why would they walk out on the show like that?! Not very smart for Melissa to do that b/c it just looked like she really overreacted. And Joan should have stayed to make money for her charity. In the end Brande should have been fired… she failed on the task as she assigned too much of the duties to Annie. In this episode everyone showed their faults. I didn’t have too much of a problem with Clint.

icyhockey

April 27th, 2009
7:13 am

I felt that Melissa was told she was not going to be fired because she did not have her personal items packed. I think she called someone behind the scenes a liar. It made me feel that the outcome of the board room must be decided ahead of time and that they were originally planning on keeping Melissa probably because of her mom. Once Melissa cut Donald off from talking he decided he was firing her. Why else would Donald send a note over to Roderick?

Donald Dump

April 27th, 2009
7:42 am

Annie is the sharpest and best player. I had Jessie as a really close second until he powertooled Clint, though CB should NOT still be here. Strange bedfellows can be made when it comes dow to a few players and if one partners with Clint instead of JJ, Jessie may be in trouble.

Still ticked at Trump for letting Khloe go like he did. HE chose the wrong time and place for that. He fired Khloe for a DUI and then practically manloves Rodman who is drinking on the show.If anything, it makes his staff look ignorant for not knowing. I know Big Frump’s brother died of alcoholism. But does that make what Jessie has battled, or Rodman battles, what Joan battled years ago, what Tom Green battles any less tragic than ONE DUI where she was barely over the edge? Trump should have reached out to her instead of kicking her off and embarassing a young woman like that.

Lastly, with all this respect given to Trump, remember his failures. His father gave him a 400 MILLION dollar headstart and huge upperhands thru his contacts. He almost lost all of that. Too much of the man with the worst hair in the world for me.

Leslie

April 27th, 2009
8:01 am

To Icehockey – you are right – once Melissa cut The Donald off from talking, it was all over for Melissa.
As far as changing the rules, he can do anything he chooses to do even if his decision is not popular. Khloe was dismissed rudely by him which I thought was outrageous. He is judge and executioner on that show and he loves every minute of it. While I admire him for his successes (even though he got 400 million headstart), I do not respect some of his decisions, and he couldn’t care less! Those with the gold make the rules.

AnnieR

April 27th, 2009
8:22 am

Melissa and Joan Rivers are both wack jobs, there’s enough dysfunction there to keep a shrink on retainer for years.

ione

April 27th, 2009
8:22 am

I could see why Joan Rivers’ husband killed himself having to live in the house with those two b%!ches!!!!

cynthia

April 27th, 2009
8:34 am

this is very interesting!!!!!! Almost exactly what some of these comments are have been totally expressed by you and I. The public and even reliable sources feel the same way.

Bottom line like I’ve been saying from the first Apprentice show is that it’s Donald Trumps show and he runs it the way HE wants to and there really aren’t any rules. In each and every episode he has surprised everyone with the way he has let the people go. You think that if you do this or that, then that will save your behind, but it all seems to depend on how the conversation goes in the Board Room. He has the $$$$$, it’s his show and what HE says, goes!!!!!!

pam

Joey Porter

April 27th, 2009
8:38 am

what happened again?

Smarti2U

April 27th, 2009
8:39 am

I never even knew who Melissa was until this show. She can’t be in show business or anything important, just her mom’s shadow.

barneyb

April 27th, 2009
8:44 am

Joan & Melissa accusing others of being white trash, etc.? Their behavior & potty mouths demonstrate their lack of class. How do these two continue to get any work in the industry?

Pumpkin

April 27th, 2009
8:46 am

Come on now! The show is not over yet and I expect there to be more surprises before all is said and done. I hope Joan comes back, wins and wipes the floor with that scandalous Annie. Donald Trump knows what keeps people watching and he’s the master at what he does. Brande’s luck is running out. Melissa deserved to be pissed off for getting the boot! I’m glad that she told everyone off, but she was smart enough not to curse the Don out!!!

leolady100

April 27th, 2009
8:47 am

Look Brande was a good manager delegating to Anne. Clint Black wouldn’t have asked or delegated anything he is so powercrazy. Brande did right, and is still on the show. Melissa has done nothing but WHINE since the show began. She is NOT a team player and should have been voted off. Her husband left her too – - -she can’t get along with people. No one, besides her mother, treats her like the world’s smartest princess. If I was team manager I wouldn’t give her anything, she thinks whining is working.

suzee

April 27th, 2009
8:52 am

It ate my post.

suzee

April 27th, 2009
8:54 am

As I was saying, Joan and Melissa shold remember this was just a game. Think they stepped over the line with the personal attacks. Wasn’t called for. They really showed their behinds and hope that they see how stupid they came off when they watch it back.

StoneColdDawg

April 27th, 2009
9:09 am

Melissa knew she was out the next time her team lost and she did not fight to stay…Brande was gone until she put up a fight and when Melissa didn’t she was gone. Her and Joan made it personal and in the end Donald cut her because she didn’t raise enough $$ compared to Annie and Brande. Side note: Herschel raised plenty and I’m surprised he got booted last week vs. Clint.

Annie, on the other hand, has raised the most. She has been playing the game and Craemer knew she was positioning herself in case the team lost but let her slide. In the end, Annie was the defacto leader this week, Brande let her do it, and Annie should have been fired because it was all her this week and the team lost. She will carry Brande as long as possible and then watch her get fired because she can easier manuipulate Brande.

When all is said and done it will be Obnoxious Annie vs. Jessie.

DUMB, DUMB, DUMB

April 27th, 2009
9:10 am

I hope Joan comes back and gets kicked off next week. Then following the show her and Melissa go get more plastic surgery and get even more nastier and have to spend the rest of their days in a cave somewhere and we never have to see them again.

cjames

April 27th, 2009
9:16 am

What?! The Don needs an apprentice to hold up his tacky hair comb-over?

Reason

April 27th, 2009
9:17 am

Annie is nothing more than common gutter trash. Every week she goes on and on about how wonderful she is, takes credit for everything (whether she did it or not), and is so completely deluded I just shake my head and laugh. Joan was right, she’s a poka playa, the lowest form of scum. Brande (nice stripper spelling) is dumber than a box of rocks. Twice last night she attempted to use words and FAILed miserably. She is the queen of malaprops. If anyone should have been fired last night it should have been Annie. She was solely responsible for the loss because she commandeered the entire project.

Trish

April 27th, 2009
9:28 am

I’m upset with DT, Brande(THE PROJECT MGR) should have gotten FIRED. She let Annie handle the entire project. Hey, I got no love for Melissa either, but they did exclude her. So bottom line, its all bout the most $$ raised.

Donna Masury

April 27th, 2009
9:29 am

Mellisa and you were correct! Brande should have been dumped….GO BACK JOAN your the winner here Mellisa will be proud of you! So will all of us! PUT THE DUKE OUT SHE STINKS

RH

April 27th, 2009
9:38 am

Most of you know nothing about Joan Rivers. She has always been a trash talker. She is a long time comedienne and a VERY successful business woman. If you go back and LOOK at every task she has contributed the most. I bet she is holding back till the end and then she’ll pull out all stops to CRUSH Annie.

Annie sets her off – which is what makes for great TV. I loved the part when Joan joked about Annie getting plastic surgery for her “two faces” – LOL. Annie is good at playing the game – but she is dishonest scum. She or Brande should have been let go last night – but Melissa pissed off “the Donald” and she was fired due to that – nothing more.
Brande is probably going to need some serious help after Annie chews her up and spits her out. She is using her to the end – and Joan is right – Brande is just too dumb to see it! I wish Brande would have thrown Annie under the bus – just to see the utter horror and smile wiped off Annie’s face(s). Brande screwed up!

I seriously doubt ANY OF YOU that are trash talking Joan & Melissa would have reacted any different given the situation. Melissa was put out on the street and the obvious loosers were Brande & Annie.

ione … the comment regarding Joan Rivers husband was highly inappropriate – you are trash and you’ll get yours for that comment. Karma is a b*****

Stephen

April 27th, 2009
9:50 am

Why are you people watching this dribble. It is a shame that so many people are spending valuable time watching this below average reality shows that do not foster any intelligence.

Yup, I said it

April 27th, 2009
9:51 am

Can anyone tell me what “FORE-GOO” means? That was hilarious….

Ron

April 27th, 2009
10:00 am

Celebrity Apprentice has to be the fakest thing since WWE. After the cameras stopped, I’m bet all those celebrities and Trump went to dinner and talked about what great acting they did too con the viewers into believing that they all hate each other.

Die Hard KOTU fan

April 27th, 2009
10:10 am

ONLY REASON TRUMP KEPT BRANDE IS HE A SUCKER FOR PLAYMATES….I DISAGREE AND JIM CRAMER CAN EAT HORSE MANURE WITH HIS BIASED OVERANALYIS OF THE STOCK MARKET!

TRUMP GOT TRUMPPED WITH HIS LIL HEAD AND FIRE THE WRONG CHICK

MELISSA WAS RIGHT TO REVEAL HER TRUE FEELINGS

I hope quiet guy Jesse win cuz i cant stand the others backstabbers!

And I hope Joan continue to keep it real!

Trump need to grow a new pair of nuts!

6digitballin

April 27th, 2009
10:15 am

Melissa should NOT have been kicked off the show! She is gorgeous like her mother and they are both geniouses! How can anyone not see that? I understand them and Trump was wrong to fire her. Her and her mama make a great asset to Trump’s staff and i believe he’s going to rehire her and in the end he’s going to hire Melissa Joan and surpise us with hiring Rodman at the end of this season! Trump has a huge heart and he’s smart! The hairstyle means sccess – stop hating people!

Skeeter Longtuggum

April 27th, 2009
10:26 am

I like Annie.. Fiesty!!!!

Christopher Cook

April 27th, 2009
10:26 am

There but for the grace of Newton R. Minow go I.

Ms. Writer

April 27th, 2009
10:27 am

How prodeful can you get? It’s a show where the proceeds go to charity – they should be ashamed of themselves.

Ms. Writer

April 27th, 2009
10:27 am

sp. prideful

Dawg stuck in Bham

April 27th, 2009
10:30 am

Melissa showed just what she is…a spoile rotten little Jewish girl that hasn’t and can’t do anything on her own. She’s a talentless offspring and showed just what she’s learned in life from her mom…if you don’t get what you want, stomp around, pout and pitch a hissy fit. Then curse like a sailor at everyone around you. Sadly, I think her mother may actually be proud of her.

Dawg stuck in Bham

April 27th, 2009
10:31 am

Has anyone mentioned that Melissa has a horse face and a 8-head(twice the size of a forehead) and her mother’s face looks like it’s been stung by a thousand bees?

Common sense

April 27th, 2009
10:39 am

Melissa and Joan Rivers are today’s definition of trash. Especially Melissa. Where’s OJ when you need him?

Red

April 27th, 2009
10:49 am

A Persons actions will always speak louder then their words. The true joan and Melissa comes out.

Bryant

April 27th, 2009
10:50 am

Annie Duke is White trash and she is a nasty woman who thinks more of herself than what she is. She can play cards but come on people, professional poker players are pretty sleezy people.

Donald Trump is a sleeze bag so him and Annie go hand in hand. They both have over inflated egos that are way larger than their actual talent in life.

Bryant

April 27th, 2009
10:52 am

And one more thing, Joan and Melissa Rivers are known for their drama so don’t hold that against them. I will say that I was pretty impressed with how that 76 year old lady was still on top of things.

The Rivers' are such ladies..NOT

April 27th, 2009
10:56 am

@REASON…..tell us how you really feel.
No matter what happened or who was in charge, who was project manager Joan and Melissa went TOO far. I’m starting to think Joan or Melissa was told they were going to win.

Bryant is an idiot

April 27th, 2009
10:58 am

Poker players are trash? What’s wrong you judgemental prick, lose all your money in Vegas? Poker players are some of the most generous, giving people anywhere.

Joan has made a living putting people down. Melissa has made a living changing her mother’s Depends. Neither has shown that they have any outside friends. Especially friends with money.

Piso Mojado

April 27th, 2009
11:04 am

Wow. Now I know why I don’t watch reality shows. Get a life. Go read a book to one of your kids (if you can pry them away from the idiot box).

rfsbkr

April 27th, 2009
11:18 am

Annie Duke will do anything and everything to win. I truly believe that she would sell out her mother, or her body ( which she don’t have ). When she got down on the floor in between the guys legs last week (jewelry pagent ) and she even said on camera that she gave a good blow job, that was a terrible thing to say for a mother on national tv. Also Brande is a dumb blonde and Annie is going to sell her out

RH

April 27th, 2009
11:21 am

Poker players are trash? What’s wrong you judgemental prick, lose all your money in Vegas? Poker players are some of the most generous, giving people anywhere.

is an idiot says … Joan has made a living putting people down. Melissa has made a living changing her mother’s Depends. Neither has shown that they have any outside friends. Especially friends with money.

Is An Idiot – LOL – you wouldn’t know success if it bit you in the @$$. It’s common knowledge that poker players are trashy people. Generous and giving – now that’s funny!

Can’t wait till you get old and people start trashing you. Oh wait, you aren’t even successful and no one has any idea who you are :)

lil birdie

April 27th, 2009
11:23 am

Was this run by an editor? Grammar errors.

suzee

April 27th, 2009
11:25 am

Harsh! What’s with all the white trash talk and do any of you know any of the contestants? It’s a good thing to speak up for a friend or loved one, but you have no idea who these people really are. I know I have never equated poker players with with trash. What’s that all about?

Bryant is an idiot

April 27th, 2009
11:25 am

Riggggttttt. That’s why I’m retired at 44 and have time to respond to insecure little people like yourself.

cindy rose

April 27th, 2009
11:26 am

Joan Rivers demonstrates how one nasty, spoiled, biotch can breed the same with poor little Melissa. Have you ever seen such poor sports in your life? They are making absolute fools of themselves…with the references to Hilter, Nazis?!? How low can you go? Annie has held her head high despite the word-bashing. Of course, her ego is so huge…it would take mountains to move her….haha! But, at least she shows some class. I hope her or Jesse James prevail. They deserve it! The Rivers’ girls are such poor sports and show no class whatsoever. It has been an especially fun show this season watching them embarrass themselves. I always wondered why Johnny Carson hated Joan Rivers and would not speak to her…now the world knows why.

Common sense

April 27th, 2009
11:27 am

Well put Cindy.

Karma baby .....

April 27th, 2009
11:31 am

I can’t stand the Rivers women and am glad one of them is finally gone. Isn’t it interesting how Joan keeps screaming she’s been in the business 43 years yet her nor her daughter can raise money for CHARITY???!!!

Annie Duke may be poker playing white trash but her friends are stepping up for her, looks like the Rivers women have no friends. Donald rolled his eyes last night when Melissa said she was “re-rallying her troops” YEAH RIGHT!

Since when does playing poker make one trash of ANY color? All that name calling and cussing by the Rivers women made them look like low class trash. Brande was right this is about getting money for CHARITY!

Joan Rivers is the very LAST person who should be talking about ANYONE getting plastic surgery as jacked up as her face is.

Bottom line, weeks ago when Tione (T-Boz) got fired It was MELISSA who should’ve been fired because (1) she was the LOSING project manager; and (2) Melissa said during the course of the show that her group did so well that if they lost she’d step up, take the loss & leave. She didn’t do that and now karma’s come for Melissa.

Melissa, your mama should’ve told you that what goes around, comes around, twice as hard whether you’re white trash or not. Deal with it.

I wanna see Annie and Jesse as the final two and either one winning is fine with me. While I don’t like Annie’s personality she is playing the hell outta this game. Jesse seems like a smart guy & I wouldn’t mind seeing him win either. Clint, Brande & Joan need to go next & not necessarily in that order.

Jer

April 27th, 2009
12:00 pm

Melissa has the typical jewish persecution complex…”everyone is conspiring agaiinst me”. And whats with that oddly plastic face??? From the severely arched eyebrows, to the nose, to the cat eyes…yikes!She should save her money or find a better surgeon. Her tyrade shows she is your typical JAP and totally spoiled. Her ex husband was lucky to get out. Joan you really screwed up with that one!But like mother like daughter I guess.

SUZI

April 27th, 2009
12:12 pm

I THINK DONALD MADE A BIG MISTAKE BRANDIE SHOULD OF GOT FIRED FOR SURE , AND ANNIE IS NOTHING BUT WHITE TRASH I AM GLAD JOAN TOLD OFF BOTH GIRLS, DONALD TRUMP IS ALSO TRASH JUST LIKE ANNIE.