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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ recap, episode 8: the wrath of Star Jones!

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Gary Busey’s departure doesn’t mean drama is gone, too. Why? NeNe Leakes is still around!

Again, she brought her insecurities out into the open while continuing to play her “I’m keeping it real” reality.

At the start of episode eight, NeNe was still smarting over  LaToya Jackson’s comment from last week that said she’d stay in touch with everybody on her team – except NeNe.

Then she said a bunch of whoppers, at least to people who know her from  “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I cannot understand what I”ve done to her personally for her to say that,” NeNe said. (Um… how about that Casper crack and about how she’s been living off her Jackson name all these years?)

“I don’t know anybody I hate,” she said. (Really? Kim Zolciak?) “And I have had people do some really bad things to me over the years.”

“I don’t hold a grudge,” NeNe added. (Really? Dwight Eubanks anybody?)

NeNe finally says something truly real: “Im not a very trusting person.”

Anyway, there were three men (Meat Loaf, John Rich, Lil Jon) and five women (Hope Dworacyk, Marlee Matlin, Star Jones, NeNe, LaToya) left. The eighth challenge was to create a four-page ad for Saveur magazine promoting Trump Hotels Collection.

Jones, who considers herself a connoisseur of elegance and sophistication, instantly volunteered to be project manager. None of the guys felt comfortable with the “ultra luxury” sector that Trump was trumping but Rich raised his hand to be the head of Backbone this time.

On the surface, this appeared to be Jones’ challenge to lose. “I can be a bit pretentious,” she said. “For once in my life, being pretentious does not hurt me.”

At one point, Star directed NeNe and LaToya to pick up props. But NeNe wasn’t comfortable going with LaToya. So Star forced the two to clear the air.

And they did. Shockingly, NeNe accepted a heartfelt apology from LaToya and the two got along okay after that.

On the other side, Meat Loaf would occasionally befuddle John Rich, who preferred working with rap star Lil Jon. Rich said the Atlanta star is more than just the diamonds and bling, that there’s real substance there.

Anyway, both sides mess up in multiple ways. The women create what could be potentially great photos, but then clutter them up in the actual ad. The Saveur magazine guy said it looked like a cheap stripper ad you might see in Vegas. (Ouch!) The women’s presentation with everyone saying adjectives supposedly describing the Trump brand fell flat and lacked emotional resonance.

The men ignore advice to avoid butlers and shots of buildings. They take photos of a butler and buildings. Their creative juices, after eight challenges, appear to be shot. But they still made a nice presentation, using personal anecdotes but failing to connect their words with their ad. They also forgot to include a phone number or website on the ad, which is Marketing 101. Again, I think fatigue is truly setting in here.

For the first time, there is no winner, only a worse loser. And that would be… the women!

Star Jones does not want to go home, naturally. She targets LaToya as the weakest player to date. Trump is surprised. Though he felt he had underestimated her in the past, executives tended to like her. Her coyness was initially interpreted by NeNe and others as weakness. But she has backbone and a determination that is far deeper than meets the eye. I grew to respect her.

Unfortunately, Star brought LaToya and NeNe back to the boardroom, sparing Marlee and Hope. And NeNe, despite her misgivings about Star, told Trump from a business standpoint, LaToya was weaker. Trump agreed. LaToya, despite a spirited defense, was fired.

Afterwards, LaToya in the cab ride called Star “cunning” and “evil.” She did not blame NeNe for supporting Star.

NeNe, however, was having second thoughts about focusing on business only and told Star afterwards that Star needed to be a  little more flexible down the road. They appear okay at that moment.

But we all know things get worse because we see the previews for  next Sunday, which are Bravo-licious:

“THE WRATH OF NENE,” the screen says. Then we have NeNe yelling at Star and threatening to “take you down.” Star even says, “This is not ‘Real Housewives.’ ”

But Trump and the NBC promo folks are going to milk this confrontation for all its worth. Heck, we saw it in promos months ago!

So if you want vintage angry NeNe, we get it next week for sure!

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

92 comments Add your comment

Dee

April 25th, 2011
12:01 am

NeNe is an insult to all Atlanta women….including house wives. She a big ugly bully.

kim

April 25th, 2011
12:02 am

I will miss LaToya, she is not use to Ghetto!!!! Nene Leaks is hard core Ghetto. I don’t believe that she can bully Star. Nene is Dirty, she has a terrible habit of belittling people, can she plzzzzz take a good look at her self starting with those false teeth, she need more teeth at the bottom and wash her face!!!Love Apprentice Celebs

a$$play

April 25th, 2011
12:12 am

NeNe showed tonight she has NO CLUE as to how to play the game! Perfect opportunity to get rid of Star! The one projected to win it all on the chopping block. NeNe coulds pulled the proverbial trigger on Star and didn’t. Wow…

Concerned

April 25th, 2011
12:20 am

Always thought of nene as a big bully, but she has surprised me and star needs to go, dont think the ghetto act will last long… But its great for ratings…She missed her chance to nail Starr and didnt do it….

Bamabelle

April 25th, 2011
12:28 am

I agree. Tonight was the perfect opportunity to get rid of Star. It was Star who came up with the whole cheesy concept. She was PM she should have gone home.

Pam

April 25th, 2011
12:28 am

I have lost any respect that I had for NeNe Leakes. The way the she talked to LaToya Jackson was simply awful and disrespectful…to say the least. I was just appauled at what I witnessed coming out of Leakes’ nasty mouth. Say what you will, but the Jacksons are an iconic family, and who is NeNe Leakes to speak to LaToya that way, or anyone for that matter. In my opinion, LaToya held her own, and won her task as Project Manager, she should not have been fired tonight. Star was PM, and it should have been her time to go. But, Trump wanted to keep the two most controversial people on the show, Jones and Leakes, and thus LaToya gets fired. I have also lost all respect for Donald Trump, this move shows only bolsters the fact that he is a ruthless business man. Celebrity Apprentice, like all reality shows are scripted to create drama and in reality isnt real tv. This was a travisty…I hope that NeNe Leakes’ fifteen (15) minutes are about up…because I’m done. I’m just SICK of her.

Bamabelle

April 25th, 2011
12:30 am

Nene blew it. I am sure this will come back to bite her. Because Star Jones will have no problem throwing her under the bus the first time it’s to her advantage.

Ernest De Brew

April 25th, 2011
12:46 am

I cannot wait to see Sun May 1 episode.

Star Jones, NeNe Leakes is taking your tough ass down.

Ernest De Brew

April 25th, 2011
12:49 am

I hate what Star Jones intentionally or unintentionally did to La Toya Jackson.

NeNe mentioned about Barbara Walters to everyone on next week’s preview. I do not think that Barbara and Star Jones are friends anymore.

After all, Star has not been on “The View” since she left in 2006.

SAKA

April 25th, 2011
12:58 am

I agree Lotoya is a true lady, and NeNe is rude and trashy. Trump wants rating–Latoya has more experience than NeNe and Star. NeNe will fail.

an le

April 25th, 2011
1:01 am

In my opinion, NeNe is simply not as smart as either Star or LaToya and also not as focused or tough. Also Star is very manipulative and competitive. Star has played this game to win by first identifying the people that were threats to her, then manipulating others to go along with her program. The first major threat was Lisa Rinna, whose fault was that she disagreed with Star. Star was effective in sabotaging Lisa’s efforts as PM. Once Lisa was gone, LaToya became a threat to Star since she was highly praised by the execs, also LaToya didn’t go along with Star’s way of doing things in general and also she stood up to Star. Star was able to manipulate the team into labelling LaToya as ‘weak’, which actually meant that they didn’t see and use her strengths effectively, hurting them as a team overall. LaToya may have seemed quiet, air-headed and indecisive, but she excelled at listening to what the executives wanted and giving it back to them when ’selling’ the product, which is why several executives mentioneed that she stood out. I’m sure Star noticed this too, but she did her best to make sure the other women didn’t and instead focused on LaToya’s weaknesses (and yes, she definately had them). Star also tried to sabotage LaToya as PM, like she did with Lisa. Did you notice that Star didn’t contribute anything to the brainstorm session LaToya led, while with the others, she was running the show? Well, at least we can see why NeNe gets so angry at Star next episode. She knows she’s been played! Wonder if the Donald is going to realise he was played by Star too? Also wonder who these women will turn on next? My guess is NeNe.

Pamela

April 25th, 2011
1:07 am

I like NeNe, but the more I see her interact on television I am beginning to change my feelings about her. She is loud, big, and a bully. NeNe needs to go.

nikki

April 25th, 2011
1:12 am

Personally I LOVE nene, and I’m sorry I don’t think Latoya really stepped up until she was pm and marlee was pm. I do think NENE made a mistake by not getting rid of star. Once she realized what star was doing she should have taken her out. I have been very proud of NENE so far. I’m a little sad that next week she absolutely loses her cool,because I think it’s definitely going to hurt her. I see John Rich and Marlee being the final 2

Nutmeg

April 25th, 2011
3:43 am

Latoya did not impress me this season.

First, contrary to what some folks said, Latoya did NOT stand up to Star. If she had, she would’ve had a good case to stay. As it was, she talked a great game… to the camera. Alone. Not to the PM. Sorry, but if you don’t make the attempt to tell the PM that you think it’s a lousy idea, you don’t get to play the “good judgment” card.

Second, studies have shown that women who are assertive (read: competent) are consistently disliked. Latoya is liked by the execs because the execs are largely old white men who don’t want to see assertive women. Latoya’s the least threatening person in the group; ergo, they love her.

She was consistently (according to the show edits) scatterbrained and lazy.

Tonight was a chance to get rid of Star, but one thing is clear: love her or hate her, she does the dang work. I respect that. If I were working on something like these apprentice tasks, give me the witch who does the dang work over the sweet little nothing any day.

Lew

April 25th, 2011
6:33 am

This is the second time that the “Donald” was wrong. First he fired Mcgrath and now he fired Latoya. He has always said it was the current task that they would be rated on. Now he says, going forward, that the team would be stronger without La Ttoya. That is BS this project was won or lost on the pitch and that was Star Jones idea and it failed miserably. Donald is stacking the deck just for ratings. And if I was NeNe I would have sided with La Toya to get Star fired. Mr. Trump your decisions are flawed. This is your show and you can say and do what you want but in these two incidents you really screwed up. BIG TIME. If this is the way you’re going to act a President than I must say “YOUR FIRED’

Lew

April 25th, 2011
6:46 am

Mr. Trump don’t you think that Star Jones was kissing your ass when she mentioned that you were her mentor along with Barbara Walters and Johnny Cocoran. She said it and you caved you kept her on the show when she clearly should have been fired.

LaToya wrongly sent packing

April 25th, 2011
7:09 am

Star was PM, they lost the task. She should have been the one to go home, not LaToya. But it’s a game and there will be more fireworks with star and nene. trump is no fool (except about the birther mess). What does Hope do except sit quietly and just float by? I still hate to see black women sparring like this. WHY? These are not like the black women I know and see in my comings and goings.

Dream

April 25th, 2011
7:37 am

Star Jones is a humpbacked,mean,spiteful,old maid WHO Has never been kissed (AND YES PEOPLE I DO RECOGNIZE SHE HAS BEEN “MARRIED”)

bevvie

April 25th, 2011
8:11 am

I don’t want vintage angry NeNe! Please make her go away! I can’t see the comparisons that many people make between NeNe and Omarosa. Omarosa was a much more classy evil woman. She was prettier and smarter. She had style, albeit an evil style. NeNe just comes across as street. Those previews were embarrassing! And she needs to stop leaning over with her butt to the camera! Not flattering at all!

Stephanie

April 25th, 2011
8:13 am

Latoya should not have been fired last night. Star should have been fired and she used NeNe to double team Latoya. This was not a good business practice nor does it exhibit leadership on NeNe’s part. NeNe reconized that she was being used as a pawn to get rid of Latoya and she allowed herself to be used! I realize this is reality tv and alot of the drama is created for ratings. Sad this is, this bull—- goes on in the corporate world everyday too!

Abena

April 25th, 2011
8:15 am

I used to like Nene but she has proved to be an over the top, ignorant person. And how can anyone say Latoya didn’t step up. Donald has really showed his true colors this season. Its all about drama. Thats why he kept Gary Busey two episodes ago. If anything Hope has done NOTHING. But for some reason she is quietly flying under the radar. There were a couple of tasks where LATOYA is the one who impressed the company but old hateful Nene, Star and MARLY (another idiot) conviently forgot that

bevvie

April 25th, 2011
8:19 am

Star did not manipulate NeNe into attacking LaToya. NeNe did that on her own and did it as spitefully as she could! Star is playing the game as it should be played, not as a loudmouth bully. All of the women had been against LaToya from the beginning, and it was Marlee who named her the boardroom last night! And I do not believe that anyone can manipulate Marlee, who is playing the game along with Star. Hope is clueless as well. But don’t overlook Marlee’s manipulation. She put LaToya’s name on the table and just sat back and let it happen.

Amillion

April 25th, 2011
8:27 am

I think NeNe was the weakest. What does she bring other than drama? She has no bright ideas because she doesn’t have any world experience or education. All the other women have at least one. She’s combative, extremely sensitive, and has no redemption value. She can’t handle criticism and is too stupid to realize when she’s being used and made a fool of which has been mostly by Trump but last night also by Jones. Get this minstrel off TV and back to hood of Athens GA where she belongs. Go home and raise your youngest child so he doesn’t turn out like your oldest or worse you! Nene should be Nono as in not good for TV, not good for Celeb Apprentice.

There It Is

April 25th, 2011
8:33 am

NeNe you blew it big time! Since you and LaToya came to an agreement and seem to have gotten along, it would have been to your benefit to get rid of Star. The entire task was Star. She thought she was going to win it hands down because she “knows” luxury. From what I’ve heard, Star is one of those people who calls a room attendant to pour her a glass of water. Trifling. I guess she calls that living the life of luxury. Ever since I heard that about Star, I don’t like her. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. How condescending is it to ask someone to come and pour you a glass a water? My goodness. I’m guessing these are the kinds of complaints The View Staff and Barbara Walters heard about Star all the time. This helps to explain why her contract was not going to be renewed because I’m sure her attitude changed dramatically when she was going to marry shim Al. Star thinks her doo-doo doesn’t stink but I bet she was shown last night that it does and NeNe should have shown her just how badly it stinks. You blew it NeNe. Now who really kissed Star’s a$$. Sounds like NeNe did to me.

Amillion

April 25th, 2011
8:33 am

Trump is another weak link. He’d have you believe he’s a financial wiz and qualified to be president. However with his 3 filed bankrupcties the only thing he qualifies for is Governor of GA. He comes from a wealthy family and it was his father who was the real Real-Estate tycoon. Trump was just lucky enough to be born into the right family. I would love to see what he would have accomplished coming from humble beginnings and poverty such as Jay Z.

RJ's WIFE

April 25th, 2011
8:39 am

Say what you want to about Ne-Ne she’s not worried about that at all..I’m sure CA ratings are up higher this season..She’s no threat to any Women in Atlanta at least not to me..I enjoy watching her on RHOA & CA…..Have a great day everyone :)

B Real

April 25th, 2011
8:41 am

Cant make a person educated once they leave the pole.

JJ

April 25th, 2011
8:53 am

I did NOT like NeNe when the show first started. But she has really grown on me, and I really like her. I cannot stand Star Jones, never have, never will. I can’t wait for her to get fired.

I love the men!!! I have a new found respect for Lil John now. Again, didn’t care for him at the beginning, but that is ONE talented young man!!!!! John Rich is easy on the eyes, but I have never heard of him before this show.

Thank Goodness Gary Bussy is GONE!!!!!! I jumped for joy when he got fired. That is one crazy man……

tee

April 25th, 2011
8:57 am

I am not a viewer of RHOA. This is my first time seeing Nene and how she interacts with people. It appears she is all bark and no bite, and her grammar is terrible. If the preview is as explosive as NBC is making it seem, NENE has successfully set black people back 50 years and continues to play the role of the stereotypical angry black women . Nene is a crab in a barrel desperately trying to survive. Unfortunately her intellect will not get her far, and she will continue to be a “pawn” for ratings. HOW SAD!!!!

Mr. Ed

April 25th, 2011
9:12 am

“Jones, who considers herself a connoisseur of elegance and sophistication,”

Thanks a lot Rodney, I just spit out coffee on my keyboard.

James Brown

April 25th, 2011
9:18 am

Tee…… I could not have said it better.You are so right on

Sad our society celebrates 'mess'

April 25th, 2011
9:34 am

Check out this post about NeNe, Star an others. Click link and scroll down: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/black-womens-health-and-happiness.

There’s also a post there about Tyler Perry/Spike Lee, and a new post coming later today re: facts v. fiction about Black women (and men).

JESSE

April 25th, 2011
9:39 am

STAND YOUR GROUND NE NE U GIVE IT 2 THEM YOU GO GIRL

frommiami

April 25th, 2011
9:49 am

carlaroqs

April 25th, 2011
9:52 am

rodney, where is my comment?

Why-o-Why

April 25th, 2011
9:59 am

Why is this ish still on tv?

pmuckle

April 25th, 2011
9:59 am

I’m glad I don’t watch this show… I just love reading the comments!!! keep em coming!

Marilyn

April 25th, 2011
10:01 am

There are so many advertisements this is way too boring for me to watch anymore…..

ACE

April 25th, 2011
10:04 am

Nene used to be a man, right?

Mitzymy

April 25th, 2011
10:04 am

It seems to me that the ratings for this show is tied in with how bad Trump can make the Black ladies fight with each other. They bring each other down real bad and anyone who cannot see this is watching another show. The 2 white ladies were sent back to their room while the only 3 Black ladies left in the group, pulled each other down. Star Jones is treacherous, and NeNe is stupid. Donald does not like Black people and he is making these Black ladies look like fools. Too bad, because he is the one who will profit the most from this.

chasabliss

April 25th, 2011
10:12 am

Mr. Trump you were wrong you should have fired Star Jones she was P.M. she was over the project. I can’t believe NeNe was not smart enought to take her out when she had the chance. Are you sure your really from Atlanta. The women I know in Atlanta are smarter than that. Talk about kissing Stars A$$ I think all of you did that when you said LaToya was the weakest . LaToya your better off without this crap.

carlaroqs

April 25th, 2011
10:14 am

ernestdb, it isnt about friendship–star herself said bawbaw wawa is her mentor–apparently star does not totally burn her bridges. @b real, funny! @tee, no babe, ne ne does not set Blacks back 50 years. anyone who finds her indicative of progressive Blacks sends themselves back 50 years. she is kinda like the old amos and andy shows- funny yet sad at the same time, and you neva watch them while company is over. rodney–no mention of the trump’s comment re star’s — being a better place to be up since she has lost weight?

Wanda Smith

April 25th, 2011
10:20 am

Being Loud and ghetto is the in thing to do.

This is how they roll !

April 25th, 2011
10:29 am

Starr Jones and Nene made sure Latoya rolled under the bus as well as rolled out the door with their use of the tag team tactic. I have to admit, Latoya was cool as ice but coolness can only get you so far when folks are determined to get rid of you.

Jazzi

April 25th, 2011
10:32 am

John Rich and Marlee will be the final two with Marlee winning the title of Celebrity Apprentice. That’s the way I see it. I like John Rich and Lil John but I believe the cards are on Marlee’s side. I just want to see the DRAMA QUEENS, Star and NeNe, rolled under the bus. (But when they’re gone, the excitement stops, then there will be no reason to watch CA).

carlaroqs

April 25th, 2011
10:56 am

i do not think latoya should have been sent home. star’s asking the donald if anyone had to go was a pansy question.

J. J.

April 25th, 2011
11:01 am

NENE IS AND INSULT TO ATLANTA WOMEN….SHE IS TERRIBLE…HER PERSONALITY IS IN THE HOOD AND SHOWS EVERYWHERE SHE GOES…

carlaroqs

April 25th, 2011
11:23 am

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Star Jones is the next Apprentice

April 25th, 2011
11:31 am

It’s antics like what happened last night that make me believe Star will be the next Apprentice, not because I like her but because she knows how to play this game while simultaneously playing the hell outta her teammates.

LaToya should not have been fired, she made an excellent case proving that Star was a driving force behind most of the women’s losses. But Nene & Star bring the drama & that’s what Trump needs and wants. LaToya’s way to classy to go there, so she had to be fired.

Nene just proved how dumb she is by letting Star play her last night. She’d rather make friends & be well liked than be the next apprentice. And why would she put Marlee on blast by saying she crawls up Star’s butt? Thought they were friends???!!!!!

Hope better watch her back she just officially became the weakest link, although she was already the weakest link.

Congratulations Nene, how does it feel to crawl up Star’s butt? Must be getting crowded.

Amillion

April 25th, 2011
11:32 am

I’m sure Nene response to all of this is “Well if you don’t like me then why do you keep watching? You must find some enjoyment and enrichment in my life if you choose to keep coming back every week to watch me.” She’s too ignorant to realize people are coming back watching to see if she finally gets put in her place and kicked off the show. She is a no talented pseudo-celebrity with entitlement complex. She has no redemption value as a person and discuss me.

Star Jones is a victim of her on pettiness and nastiness. For someone who prides herself on being successful she’s had more failures than a few, she was let go from both the View and E network, her contract with Payless ended, her marriage was a complete failure (but who didn’t see that one coming), her subsequent shows have all been canceled. Maybe she should just go back to practicing law. Her viciousness is more suitable for a courtroom than for TV.