Clay Aiken made his debut appearance last night on the latest crazy edition of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Rumors are that Aiken does quite well on the show, taped last fall. Working under project manager Paul Teutel Sr. selling celebrity sandwiches in Manhattan for the first challenge, he showed enough chutzpah to keep the rough-and-tumble “American Chopper” bike maker at bay. Aiken took money at the register and was quite savvy at upselling customers for more cash. In the end, it didn’t matter. Teutel had one big $300,000 donor in his back pocket that made the entire competition superfluous and the men safe for the week. In the boardroom, Teutel did manage to raise George Takei’s hackles by calling him “meek,” though it’s hard to say if Teutel was funneling a gay stereotype, an Asian stereotype or both.
I anticipate other celebrities will under-estimate Aiken’s smarts and drive early on but he’ll show moxie in the boardroom