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‘Who won ‘Celebrity Apprentice’? Clay Aiken or Arsenio Hall?

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- "Puppet Up" Episode 1210 -- Pictured: Clay Aiken -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- "Puppet Up" Episode 1210 -- Pictured: Clay Aiken -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC)

Arsenio winning 'Celebrity Apprentice'

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Donald Trump’s fifth rendition of “Celebrity Apprentice” featured its fair share of fireworks, including Lisa Lampanelli’s histrionics, Aubrey O’Day’s narcissism, Dayana Mendoza’s battles with seemingly every other woman on the show and 110 percent of Lou Ferrigno’s muscles.

But tonight, it came down to “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken and former late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall.

Trump named Hall the winner.  Based on what we saw (which was heavily edited), it was a close call. Aiken raised more money but Hall won both his challenges while Aiken split his. As for the events themselves, we heard very little critique about either of them so it’s hard to say what Trump’s line of thinking was. While Aiken’s team had more rancor, the events themselves appeared to run smoothly.

So for Aiken, it was deja vu all over again. He lost to Ruben Studdard nine years ago on ‘Idol.”

“I came here with low expectations,” Aiken said in his defense to Trump on the live show. “I think I exceeded them and raised the bar.”

Hall said he has been taking care of his son and is trying to re-emerge with another talk show. “I have lived the life of ‘The Apprentice.’ I just need the title!” he said.

[Some readers here believe Arsenio's greatest talent was massaging Trump's ego and doing so with greater dexterity than Clay. Another theory: Trump is buddies with Magic Johnson, whose charity Arsenio wisely chose. Also, NBCUniversal is working with Johnson on a new cable TV venture. A third theory: Trump prefers the "bigger" name, which he does tend to pick based on past years.]

In both cases, it’s not just that they believed in their respective charities (the Magic Johnson Foundation and Clay’s own The National Inclusion Project) but it was about redemption. Arsenio’s career, which was huge in the early 1990s, has since been eclipsed by relative obscurity. Clay, after huge success after he almost won “Idol” in 2003, has seen his musical career wane and Claymates melt away.

During the live show, Dee Snider and Debbie Gibson supported Clay. “He’s creative. He’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s a great leader. He’s a good guy,” Snider said. Teresa Giudice and Dayana Mendoza picked Arsenio.

In the challenge, taped last fall, Clay seemed to be micromanaging, at least in the eyes of O’Day and Gibson, who say he is not trusting them to do their jobs. “I have to have my hand in everything because it’s my project,” he said. “It’s not just any charity. It’s my charity.”

Once the event started, Clay received a few big checks: $20,000 from Claymates. $10,000 from Kelly Clarkson, 10,000 from Lisa Lampanelli, who gave to him despite working for Aresnio.  His variety show focused on music, of course, which is why he picked Gibson, Dee Snider and O’Day to his team.

But Arsenio’s comedy buddies pulled in some real cash: $5,000 from Jay Leno -  twice.  $5,000 from Chris Rock. Eddie Murphy threw in $10,000. George Lopez gave $5,000. Jimmy Kimmel, another $10,000. And $10,000 from the Andretti family. “All my boys were stepping up,” he said. He created a comedy show, with help from Lampanelli and Adam Corolla

In the end, it was artful editing. Clay actually pulled in nearly twice as much money: $301,500 vs $167,100 for Arsenio.

But that wasn’t the only criteria to win or lose. It’s about the party, the PSA, the variety show et. al. Both events appeared to go fairly smoothly. Arsenio’s PSA was more entertaining. Clay’s party, with the carnival theme, appeared more fun. The variety shows were a wash. It depends on your taste there.

On the live show, the ever aggravating O”Day said her behavior on the show wasn’t always flattering: “I’m a fierce competitor. I suffer from a young, passionate heart. I have had anxiety in proving myself … You can’t combat bad wtih bad. You have to turn it into a good. I didn’t always do that. I apologize anytime people took it personally. I don’t want to offend. I’m competitor and I want to win.I don’t want to hurt anyone.”

Lampanelli admitted that she had issues: “I need more hormonal treatment  than Chaz Bono!”

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- "And Then There Were Two" Episode 1214/1215 -- Pictured: (l-r) Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken -- Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- "And Then There Were Two" Episode 1214/1215 -- Pictured: (l-r) Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken -- Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

And “Idol” aficionados might get a kick watching the odd quartet of Lee DeWyze, Blake Lewis, Elliot Yamin and Thia Megia promoting their upcoming shows in Branson, Missouri in Branson recently. They cover “Someone That I Used to Know.”

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104 comments Add your comment


May 20th, 2012
10:27 pm

Aresnio all the way, so he had a time with Aubrey, apparently Trump didn’t like her either is wasn’t in the top two. She was horrible always giving credit to herselp and she wasnt that good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


May 20th, 2012
11:11 pm

Not only did Clay raise more money, but his party was better and his show was better. As he said, it was like a comprehensive final exam, and he passed with flying colors!! I smell a rat! (Nothing against Arsenio personally. I think he’s great. I blame this on Trump!)


May 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

After using gender slurs, Arsenio should’ve been fired. He certainly should not have been rewarded. And Lisa was fired for being emotional? Trump plays Calvinball and always has.

Annie Duke should’ve won over Joan Rivers with *no* question. Clay should’ve won tonight.


May 20th, 2012
11:27 pm

It must have killed Trump to have a black and a gay as his 2 choices. He shows his bias all the time. He has continuously included black female contestants whom he knew would act “ghetto” – Nene anyone? He’s just one guy that I can’t stand! Yes I know he doesn’t care what I think – just putting it out there. He has become a caricature – bad hair and orange tan, and such a bully, and has probably lost more than he’s made.

Content O. Character

May 20th, 2012
11:29 pm

Apparently, this episode showed that even Donald Trump now believes in unqualified Affirmative-Action hires.

(Of course, a selection for Clay could’ve garnered the same sentiment from some groups.)

Karen Wil

May 20th, 2012
11:30 pm



May 20th, 2012
11:33 pm

I don’t even want to watch the show tonight on the West Coast. I thought it’s about charity and raising $$$. Too much of a difference between the two teams final tally. Clay should have won. Arsenio must have a TV deal that Trump will in some way be a part of. I guess $$$ is not really what this show is about hands down in the final task the winner (Unless something terrible) happens should be the one who raises the most $$$. Arsenio….today must be your lucky day. Trump must have had one too many before going into the Boardroom!


May 20th, 2012
11:39 pm

Trump hires whoever has the most rich and famous friends. After all, it all about him, the charity bit
is just a publicity ruse! Clay was obviously the better man.


May 20th, 2012
11:41 pm

Trump like Arsenio from the beginning and this evening when he walked into Arsenio’s party he said, “I love this guy”. That’s when I knew he was going to
pick Arsenio. Trump obviously is a friend of Arsenio. When Joan Rivers won the apprentice she didn’t win all her projects as the project leader and Trump choose her
as the apprentice. Same idea here. He picks who he personally likes. Show should have criteria.


May 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

Way to go Arsenio Hall!


May 20th, 2012
11:44 pm

The best person won, each one was gracious and rooted for each other genially which was a great thing to see. Arsenio is a true gentleman and Trump took that into consideration, there was no back stabbing with him, he enjoyed himself he seems very pleasant and had an attitude that it wasn’t about him but giving back. Anyone that is mad “so what” he is on his way back to the top and I am cheering him on.

Author Alan Roger Currie

May 20th, 2012
11:48 pm

Either Clay or Arsenio could have won … and deserved it …. but Clay was wee bit too much of a “diva” for my tastes. I am happy for Arsenio. Great Celebrity Apprentice!


May 20th, 2012
11:49 pm

No question about it, Clay Aiken should have won tonight, he raised more money, his show was better than Arsenio’s, he proved that he can work with everyone (yes Mr. Trump that IS important), and Clay is a great leader and an AMAZING person.


May 20th, 2012
11:51 pm

Donald decided this a long time ago. Money counted, taping done 6 months ago. I just would like him to answer one question: WHY????? Clay raised more money, put in much more in the final competition (Arsenio’s–a few sofas, tables and food/booze and some lame jokes…), spoke and acted like a true ‘businessman’-which is what Donald is all about. Plus- Clay sang his big heart out tonite–amazing. I would have loved to know what Donald and his children discussed when deciding who should be ‘hired’. I don’t get it!!

Cc smith

May 20th, 2012
11:52 pm

Clay was the clear winner. No contest. Bad choice Mr. Trump. Maybe he owns the new show Hall is supposed to make come back on? Won’t watch show again.

Content O. Character

May 20th, 2012
11:59 pm

If Clay and Arsenio had the same complexion, light or dark, does anyone really believe Arsenio still would have won based merely on his merits, performance and business acumen (assuming he didn’t already have a financial deal with Trump that Clay lacked) ?

Keep Hope Alive?



May 21st, 2012
12:02 am

Hooray for Arsenio! Clay did not show loyalty when accepted Lisa’s contribution at the end they were competing for a job too and that says a lot. Arsenio deserved to win; did not raise a lot of money but the commercial was well executed and talk from the heart.
Good job Hall!


May 21st, 2012
12:03 am

Any man with a haircut like Clay Aiken does not deserve to win!


May 21st, 2012
12:09 am

Arsenio deserved it! Don’t diminish his win with your Clay talk!


May 21st, 2012
12:13 am

Clay should have won, I feel that Arsenio walked in Clay’s Shadow the whole time smooth sailing, and Clay put his whole heart into it, Im so angry tonight, UGH!


May 21st, 2012
12:16 am

Clay lost the competition when he went on “Face The Nation” and called Romney Half-assed. Clay’s political stance and his activism are in direct opposition to Trump’s.


May 21st, 2012
12:18 am

Clay clearly demonstrated throughout the season that he was a much better leader, and never lost his cool as did the foul mouthed Arsenio. In the real business world the successful executive doesn’t curse and belittle subordinates. Trumps decision is a travesty, and one he is certain to regret. I’m not looking forward to watching the show next season, and may opt out entirely.


May 21st, 2012
12:27 am

Clay was too obvious – Trump has to show that he has some special talent for discerning the winner. I like Arsenio as well as Clay but Clay far exceeded Arsenio in money and leadership. Trump turns his show, again, into a joke on all of us.


May 21st, 2012
12:28 am

First time I watched the show.
Last time I’ll watch the show.
Clay should have won.
Mr. T picked his favourite in the very first episode.


May 21st, 2012
12:35 am

I agree with many of you, Clay should have won, same thing happened a couple of years ago when Joan Rivers won, this time it wasn’t quite as bad. Trump doesn’t play by the rules he sets out, at one time money was the only thing that mattered, all that changed when Joan Rivers couldn’t beat out Annie Duke, I think Trump picks the people he likes best and who he feels needs the biggest boost.

sadie holly

May 21st, 2012
12:38 am

I was at the finale parties, people were leaving Arsenio’s party in droves. The variety show was not a wash – you saw the only clean parts of the 20 minute comedy part – it was rough and did not get many laughs from the audience. The musical portion consisted of 4 different medleys and had people bopping and singing along with 3 magic interludes – not that easy to put together in 48 hours, Debbie did a brilliant job. No, the show was not “a wash” The parties were not a wash, they were edited that way, but were not.


May 21st, 2012
12:50 am

Very disappointed. I knew when Trump walked into Arsenio’s party and said “I love this guy”, that was it! He definitely showed favoritism. Can’t go by Arsenio winning more task, because Joan Rivers did not and won the title. Nothing against Arsenio, but Clay clearly won hands down the final task. That did it for me. I’m done with this show, since it’s more about favortism. Should have let the apprentices vote.


May 21st, 2012
12:59 am

They couldn’t even AIR most of Arsenio’s ‘variety’ show. They let Lisa’s cheap gay joke make it to air. Arsenio did nothing but cry and hide all season and skate into the finale on the grease generated from kissing Trump’s butt. Quite possibly the biggest farce of an ending in all of ‘reality’ tv.


May 21st, 2012
1:12 am

Clay definitely should have won. The only reason Arsenio won the two tasks was because of Aubrey, he spent most of his time standing around. I guess it is OK to have a talent show with gay slurs and to go on talk shows with crude remarks about Aubrey and Ivanka. The show was slanted toward Arsenio from the beginning. Clay played with creativity, leadership and integrity. Will never watch Celebrity Apprentice again. What a crock!


May 21st, 2012
1:22 am

I thought the final task was to create an awareness of your charity event. What did space age decor and tons of booze have to do with The Magic Johnson Foundation? Clay’s event clearly showed how important and beneficial inclusion is. Also, they showed a little girl present at Clay’s event, I hope her parents got her out of there before all the filth was spewed by Team Arsenio. How disgusting. If these are the kinds of decisions Trump makes in real life, I’m surprised he’s not financially bankrupt since he is morally bankrupt. Shame on him.


May 21st, 2012
1:39 am

I knew Arsenio was somewhat talented but I never knew how smart he is, being that he probably wasn’t top 5 in task talent he knew the only thing more important than money or talent was Trumps ego…….and nobody catered to Trumps ego better, initially I was disappointed but again……its all how you play the game, so congrats to Mr. Hall………great season.

Recapper's Delight

May 21st, 2012
1:41 am

This needs to be general knowledge. Magic Johnson has just inked a deal that will enable him to launch a brand new TV channel called “Aspire.” He’s made this deal with Comcast, which is the parent company to NBC.

This is why Arsenio Hall won Celebrity Apprentice.

Christel Klein

May 21st, 2012
1:46 am

I have no idea how Arsenio could have won … he really lost his temper over Aubrey, he let his team do the work, he kissed Donald T’s ass constantly … what admirable qualities did he show. Sadly, i realize, the fix was in. I thought Donald T. was a better person. Will never watch Arsenio’s show or Donald’s show again … unless Donald pulls a Columbo and states his winner up front. Neither Arsenio or Donald T. showed themselves to be either leaders or a class act. WHATEVER!


May 21st, 2012
1:52 am

Arsenio had no business being in the finals, much less winning it. PUH leeze. This is the first year I disagreed with Trump, and I don’t know that next year I will spend my precious TV time watching a shill of a show. It is obvious to me that the show was used to promote NBC’s next late night host (wanna-be Arsenio).

He is pathetic. He lost on every count. He lost not just to Clay Aiken, but he also lost to Aubrey O ‘Day, Lisa Lampanelli, and Penn Jillette. He lost even before he showed his covert, sleazy, sexist side in the boardroom attacking O’ Day. He lost because HE was the one who wasn’t genuine. HE was the one who was sneaking around presenting a fake front to the camera. I am a poker player. I can read people for the “truth” all day, as I am sure many of you out there can do too. This man was the most fake of them all. At least, O’ Day actually believed nothing could happen without her. That was real! Lampanelli and Penn were real too. Clay is politically correct in his responses which always leaves a little truth on the table, but he was 1000 x more real than Arsenio. A shill of a man wins a shill of a show.

A side note about the dingbat, Miss Universe, whom will go unnamed in this comment, as she has gotten way too much air time… She is just another example of Trump using his show to shamelessly shill his product. That is one product I wouldn’t want to be associated with, IF I wanted to be taken seriously. She is a joke, which makes the Trump brand a joke too.

I am most disappointed to find out that the man who is known as the TRUMP brand is actually weaker than we all thought. He actually caved into Big Business, Who’s $$Who, Big TV, Little Network etc. I loved the Trump brand, because it stood for strength. No more! Mr. Trump, along with his brand and his show, has caved. Too bad. It was one of my top 3 shows. I will not watch it again without a retraction of Arsenio as the Apprentice. It takes a REAL man to admit when he is wrong, and that is the only way Donald Trump can reclaim his brand and his name, in my opinion.

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May 21st, 2012
2:13 am

Clay Aiken has much more class than Trump! Trump has no integrity! Clay deserved to win and Trump knows it. He is smart, creative, has more personality, a hard worker, a team player and has a great leadership. The result was BOGUS!

Mike Hayes

May 21st, 2012
2:19 am

Clay should have won, this was hands down. His final show was better and he won the most money. I didn’t care for Arsenios profanity laced show and I’m no prude. There were ladies and young children that didn’t need to hear the f word in every sentence. Even I was put out by this. It was trashy and low class I’ cant believe that Mr. Trump would like this show, it lowers himself to street talk and ghetto acts. I believe that part of his winning was due to the fact that NBC has promised Arsenios a late night talk show, as we all know by the many plugs it got during the show, they wouldn’t want a loser to get the show. Mr Trump was told who to pick. We will see what happens but you know Arsenios will fail at late night. He pulled all the sympathy vote also about his dead relative, and his tears for her and his charity.

In conclusion I’m done with Mr Trumps shows. This season was a trash rest from start to finish.

Mr. Trump you lowered yourself, shame on you.


May 21st, 2012
2:22 am

My heavy heart wanted to explode in anger to the Trumps & NBC. It’s rigged…it’s fixed! Not only was Clay Aiken robbed again of a deserving title but he was used by DT/MJ/NBC’s dirty business politics. Arsenio’s new talk show will be launched by Magic Johnson’s network via parent company of NBC. Also, Donald Trump is a Republican endorsing Romney who Clay called half-assed and insincere at “Face the Nation” panel and he has said he’s voting for Obama which is total opposition to DT’s political views. Why do you think they never followed their own criterias in judging the final tasks where Clay raised the most amount of money, has better PSA, has better fun and lively party and has better variety show? I was in attendance at the taping of the Final Party filmed in early Nov 2011 and saw the entire event without unfair edits or cuts, seeing some of Arsenio’s guests crashed to Clay’s party because they’re bored and not happy in AH’s party. Shame on the Trumps family and NBC for allowing this travesty to happen! I’ll never watch this show again! It’s just a waste of time!


May 21st, 2012
2:44 am

Folks this is the ENTERTAINMENT industry……it amazes me when people are amazed when things don’t turn out the way they expect, the Superbowl didn’t go my way either but if everything in the ENTERTAINMENT industry was predictable would that be ENTERTAINING? When I go back to work, or eat dinner with my family or play with my young daughter something tells me the end result of the show will not effect any of the above.


May 21st, 2012
2:52 am

Trump’s choice tonight was as twisted as when he chose Joan Rivers. Arensio’s behavior (rude, offensive) + “passive” (=non-existant) leadership style wouldn’t be tolerated in any professional business environment. Trump obviously went for a-kissing + bigger name charity and what it can do for Trump personally over best business decision and only choice, Clay. Last challenge was not even close…demo’d Clay’s abilities to perfection. Debbie said it all…despite her being annoying and out of line, Clay managed and was a class act all the way. What a waste of time…bad enough that Aubrey made it as far as she did…way, way too biased and unfair to waste another moment of my time. I’d always respected Trump, especially for values in raising his children, but his true lack of integrity came thru this time. Great undeserved push for Arsenio and Magic (who doesn’t need Arsenio) and slap in the face for Clay and anyone who’s ever worked in a business environment. Loss for not only Clay but Trump…big time…


May 21st, 2012
3:02 am

Who knew Trump was a homophobe? Why else could Clay have lost? Arsenio didn’t even deserve to be in the final. And don’t get me started on dumber-than-a-doorknob Miss Universe!


May 21st, 2012
3:04 am

UNBEFREAKENLIEVABLE!!!!!!!! Clay should have won!! But somehow, I knew the Donald would choose Arsenio. Can someone say “FIX”!!??!!


May 21st, 2012
3:54 am

If you thought it was too close to call you didn’t watch Apprentice. Clay wrote dialogue, worked continuously on every task and yet was still calm and classy. Arsenio floated on eveeryone’s coattails but this season was all about bringing Arsenio down to the finals by eliminating the correct team. He never raised money,should have been fired for Guide Book alone. Plus Arsenio’s filthy mouth was a treat. Yeah
he’s a real winner. The new network,NBC & comcast had nothing to do with it. Total waste of time,I would never watch again. They make a fool of the public.


May 21st, 2012
5:13 am

Arsenio’s PSA may have been cute, but it was cheesy to the max. Clay’s was much more professional. People who were there said that Arsenio’s show was nothing but vulgar, unfunny jokes with not much laughs. Clay’s show had everyone dancing, clapping & singing along, plus a lot of Penn & Teller fun. Arsenio’s party was so boring that his guests were crashing Clay’s lively carnival & complaining that they had to pay for Arsenio. Now, moneywise, I was sure Arsenio would come out on top due to all his contacts over the yrs & mucho Hollywood donors for Magic’s foundation. But, whodathunkit, Clay brought in twice as much dough as the “veteran”! CLAY WINS on all counts, Donald Dumbass.

Ms. Diva

May 21st, 2012
6:03 am

I am glad that Arsenio won. As far as him and Aubrey she will pull the worst out of anyone. He said his apologizes and it should be done and over. Trump said that the final challenge would not be the reason who ever won would win. It was based off the whole season. So once again congrats to Arsenio.


May 21st, 2012
6:16 am

Both contestants did very well (taped last Fall) but Clay almost won…AGAIN!

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May 21st, 2012
6:41 am

MVB is Lisa Lampanelli. Arsenic deserved to win and was a better leader. Sure, he told the narcissist Aubrey off, but that Lisa L was far more vile than Arsenio’s one comment. Hey MVB…oops, I mean Lisa, get over your jealousy of Dayana. If you could switch places with her, you know you would in a heart beat! Dayana is smart, diplomatic and gorgeous! Jealousy is ugly!


May 21st, 2012
6:51 am

Arsenio deserved the win he was better. yes Clay raisesd more oney, but there was no way he could make Clay the Apprentince. So once again, Clay loses.. haha. He is too much of a Diva.


May 21st, 2012
6:54 am

All you CLAY FANS who said he should have won YOU ARE SORRY LOSERS. GET OVER IT


May 21st, 2012
7:27 am

Scoop from Dee Snider: The contestants knew after the first challenge that Arsenio was “the chosen one”. He was always kissing up to Trump & Trump behaved in kind. Arsenio didn’t work as hard because he acted like he didn’t have to. Trump is a major investor in Magic Johnson’s new TV network which is being distributed by Comcast which owns NBC. Arsenio will probably have a talk show on it. Clay was a hard worker, a smart team player & stepped up in every challenge, much of which was edited out. Clay & Aubrey did most of the work on Arsenio’s Walgreen’s win. The 8 contestants brought back for the final challenge were polled by Trump & ALL said Clay should win. Also edited out. John Rich & Marlee Matlin both said Clay should win. Dee, Lisa & Penn expressed shock & said Clay should have won, & implied that the fix was in. There’s no way in hell that Arsenio did better on this show/game than Clay, so say the other contestants.

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May 21st, 2012
7:50 am

Hey y’all, it’s only entertainment!!! And beyond that it IS somewhat representative (in a very animated sort of way!) of the real business world … Politics, favoritism, emotion-based decision-making, a little ugliness built in … Sounds like real-business to me!

Ryan Klesko

May 21st, 2012
7:52 am

Watched a movie and glad I didn’t watch the this train wreck….

Yag Kosha

May 21st, 2012
7:58 am

What Clay actually said in his defense was more like “Um, I came here with low uh, expectations, uh, and I um…”

Between the two of them Arsenio is the better celebrity apprentice, he has a lot more charisma and personality and likeability. Clay is very sweet but not in the same league as Arsenio.

Curious George

May 21st, 2012
7:59 am

Is there any reason any of us would have ever heard of “Arsenio Hall” if not for his more-popular, more-successful and more-talented friend EDDIE MURPHY?


May 21st, 2012
8:41 am


May 21st, 2012
8:42 am

What a joke.. Arsenio really didn;t do anything but stand around and take everyone elses suggestions.. He played on TRUMP.. Arsenio didn;t add much to any task but sure had a mouth when he called Aubey names.. Oh, another thing, Arsenio just kept nodding his head and shifting eyes every week..

Wake up TRUMP.. people knew you would pick Arsenio from the begining You made it quite obvious.. And we all thought it was about who raised enough$$$..???.. he changed the rules, lets have this about the event, which Arsenios was tacky and just didn;t have it going on..

Curious George

May 21st, 2012
8:45 am

Did you ever hear of Arsenio Hall BEFORE Eddie Murphy’s “COMING TO AMERICA” movie back in the last ’80s?

Curious George

May 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Would there have ever been an “Arsenio Hall Show” if not for the fame of Eddie Murphy?

Curious George

May 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Did Eddie Murphy sing for Clay Aiken or get him on “Amercian Idol” in the first place?


May 21st, 2012
8:50 am

Clay deserved to win last night. Why he didn’t we may never know, but it sure as hell wasn’t because arsenio outplayed him.


May 21st, 2012
8:57 am

This was a no-brainer. This man, Arsenio displayed WISDOM throughout the show. Knowledge is just not enough audrey. Wisdom comes from God – it tells you what to do with what you know ! You cannot expect to succeed in business with knowledge only. Donald Trump saw the Wisdom Arsenio displayed and was clearly very impressed with it and realized – it does take MORE THAN knowledge. I hope Audrey can learn from Arsenio some lessons of humility that could really help her in her life with her issues which are clearly evident. She got what she deserved and Arsenio got what he not only deserved, but EARNED.

Moon Mullins

May 21st, 2012
9:02 am

“Celebrity” Apprentice is a misnomer. Where are the celebrities? The show is filled with has beens and those whose careers are dead as a doornail. What a waste of time!

Tammy Smith

May 21st, 2012
9:19 am

NBC wasn’t even allowed to question Trump about his selection on the news this am. First time to watch the show all the way through and it will be the LAST time I give my time to such crap. Both men should of been in the finals but hands down Clay AIKEN WON!! There was no comparision between the shows, party and the amount of money raised!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trump your fired and I won’t watch your show again.

Black Face

May 21st, 2012
9:35 am

Even trump needs aTOKEN. What a joke.

jannell waller

May 21st, 2012
9:37 am

CONGRATS!!!! I was praying for you ! You are a good man and i wish you al the luck ,and blessings GOD has for you.Iam proud of the friendship you and CLAY have,you are brothers just a different shade.I am a poor black Gramma ,but I will send a little something when I get chance.NOW let’s get that show on the air!


May 21st, 2012
9:51 am

I believe Clay should of won as well. Trump didn’t pick the winner, Dayana Mendoza did.

jannell waller

May 21st, 2012
9:54 am

TO: CLAY, YOU will never be second in any book ! YOU are a GIANT among men.YOU do a job with kids most men run from.YOU are a wonderful versitile young man and you make your MOM proud,you work with GOD’S special angels,it’s a job I know I use to work in Spec. Ed. and I have a 39 yr. old son with A GENESIS of the CORPUS CALLOSUM ORGANIC BRAIN DYSFUNCTION,GOD has brought him a mighty long and he is doing good.MY nephew is said to have ASBERGERS, he is 11,the devil is a liar! I LOVE YOU ,for what you do .Not much money since my disability ,but me and Big Algiwon will send some.




May 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Like I was done with AI, I am done with CA now too! Clay deserved to win both times. In my eyes, he was back then and IS now the winner! I need to stop watching these shows. Not good for my blood pressure!

Jim Shoese

May 21st, 2012
10:13 am

Trump needed an African American winner, simple as that.


May 21st, 2012
10:13 am

Clay was robbed again!
Clay raised almost double the money.
His party was by far the best!
His charity video was great!
Clay was well spoken, amicable, fair, smart, cooperative, a perfect gentleman all Season.
Clay should have won by a mile and then some!
What is wrong with Donald Trump?????????????
Such a ruthless, mean spirited, unfair man……………………………
Donald did not open the door for his daughter in the show when they arrived……..
He is a me, me, me nasty man.

Clay’s hair looked great last night. WOW!
Wish he had done something with his hair in all the shows………..

It breaks my heart that Clay was robbed again, when he, by far, exceeded in BOTH shows.


May 21st, 2012
10:47 am

I don’t agree with Clay’s political views but he won this show by a long shot. Maybe he should have spent more time stroking Trump’s ego rather than working as a team player/leader on all the challenges. Until I read some of the comments on several sites, I didn’t realize the connection Trump has with Magic Johnson and Arsenio. It suited his future business dealings more to have Arsenio win so the fix was in from the beginning. This was the first year I’ve watched the show and it bothers me that I wasted so much time when Trump didn’t play by his own rules and name the right person as the CA.


May 21st, 2012
11:34 am

willy….US CLAY fans shouldnt have to get over an unfair loss….to someone that CLEARLY did not deserve it. CLAY was professional the whole time…he RAISED MORE MONEY….he was classy, can work with anyone. Arsenio Hall he was vulgar, unprofessiona and an emotional mess and a kiss ass to TRUMP. THIS SHOW IS FIXED! 1st and last time ever wasting 2 hours of my life each week on ratings for DT….he can go scratch.

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May 21st, 2012
12:03 pm

When Clay lost the task for Trump’s cologne (Trump commented briefly on the Today show this morning that Arsenio had more wins than Clay) I went along with the decision at the time even though both displays looked similar. I was not happy about the concern over the slogan however the creepy outline of Trump’s son on the other team was not much of a hit either. Let’s not forget about the decision to not have a take away……. BUT when I went to Macy’s I asked to see the Trump display; it was on a crowded shelf the ad was a 5 x 7 piece of white paper with a model in a black dress. I had to look very hard to see the “Product” that Trump’s son had told Clay’s team did not appear to be the focus in his print display. I did like Clay’s display over the other team and was not happy when he lost.

Trump talks out of both sides of his mouth, the add I saw at Macy’s was garbage and if I had not known any better I would have thought it was for a black dress not his cologne.

The final results a complete train wreck, it was hard to see Arsenio and Trump on the Today Show this morning HINTING that he is going to cross the bridge now built by Trump. It’s not that I don’t like Arsenio, but he just seemed to skate through the show lurking in the background and smirking for the camera. Not watching next year….will never buy a Trump product.


May 21st, 2012
12:15 pm

From the beginning Trump loved Arsenio. Inevitably, he would ask Clay a question & while Clay was giving an intelligent answer, Trump would interrupt & ask Arsenio a question & let him grovel, whine & cry never interrupting & almost have a little tear. Guess Trump thought giving Arsenio the win would endear him to Magic. When Clay went on the news shows & talked about gay marriage & Obama & Romney’s “half assed” comment, that probably sealed the deal, though I doubt that homophobic Donald would have picked Clay anyway. Arsenio was one of the weaker players. Clay, Penn, Aubrey, Lisa, Dee, Adam were all much stronger than AH.


May 21st, 2012
1:21 pm

Arsenio is hands-down a better leader.

When determining who is best qualified for the title of celebrity apprentice you must factor several criteria including:
Leadership, likability, compatibility, street smarts, political smarts, braveness, and character.

I believe Hall’s strategy was in winning the war more so than winning every battle and doing it in such way as to not offend anybody and actually succeeding in making his character likable. He deserves the title simply because he knew when to step forward and when to step back even as project manager.

Mr. Trump made the right decision by picking the person that knows how to get along the best with the most amount of people. He also made the right choice in picking runner up. Although Aubrey may have deserved that title more than Clay.

Leadership may require an ALPHA character as well, in lieu of offending people. Arsenio clearly knew when to become alpha and if Aubrey had not been such a bitch Trump would not have made the choice he made. But that girl needed to get put in her place with TRUTH.

Also, this show is doing very well in the ratings and if given the chance or excuse why wouldn’t Trump pick someone who in the LONG RUN can increase his popularity n greatness.

Life is too short and making calculated risks, with an ALPHA twist truly is the way to go.


May 21st, 2012
2:46 pm

I’m happy Arsenio and his charity won. Trump is obviously biased as he’s shown on other episodes.


May 21st, 2012
3:03 pm

i am glad arsenio won, lisa played dirty when she got someone who look like her to give clay team 10,000 and she was not on his team remember when the hulk did the same thing when he threw his project manger under the bus and MR TRUMP FIRED HIM. LISA SHOULD HAVE KEPT HER MONEY AND GOT A COMPLETE MAKE-OVER AND PLEASE SOME NEW CLOTHES, BY THE WAY WHAT IS HER GENDER!!!!!!!!!!


May 21st, 2012
3:31 pm

AS always……….. The Black man wins and there’s some kind of conspiracy going on. Get over it. HE won, the show is over, move on. I don’t even know why Access Atlanta even allows these comments because it just shows how far we have NOT come in America, especially in Atlanta. Racism still exists here, the difference is back in the day we knew where we stood. Now, WP will smile and call you their “friend” in your face and go home the same night and put on a KKK Robe. Lisa Lampanelli is a perfect depiction of this. Grow up and Get a life….


May 21st, 2012
3:34 pm

Clay is the best runner up of the decade…That is about all he deserves…Other than that he did good.Arsenio deserves the number one spot..


May 21st, 2012
3:35 pm

Great comment Ebony…


May 21st, 2012
3:48 pm

I see few comments suggesting that race had anything to do with who won. In my opinion the comments on this board are mild and nothing compared to what I’ve seen in the past on other show topics.

Your comments paint with a very broad brush and I don’t think reflect the opinions of most. Not in this case. Arsenio had a fun talk-show , I was a fan and he is a likeable guy just not the person who I feel should have won Celebrity Apprentice based on what I saw on the show. That’s all ….If the deciding factor was the fact that Arsenio won more as Project Manager then so be it. Don’t forget the show was to suppose to be all about $$$$ and Clay did raise a lot in the final task almost double what Arsenio did.


May 21st, 2012
3:56 pm

What we also fail to remember is the fact that the shows we see are edited HEAVILY.. Also, the winner was based on his comprehensive and overall performance and not just that of the final show. I stand by my comments because I feel had Clay won—whether he was the best candidate or not—, none of these comments would have been made or nothing close to it. Also, in no way was I generalizing my comment to everyone, but my mom always says “A hurt dog.. Well you know the rest!! I see it happen way too much on this blog as the same thing happened with Whitney..Some people are just so insensitive. We have freedom of speech, but speak something meaningful and nothing that adds to the hatred and violence we already experience in Atlanta. It’s shameful… I’m done. I have better things to do, was just stopping by. I’m sure Arsenio does not care because regardless of how these ___ feel on this site, he still received his donation to his charity and he is still all smiles today and Clay still lost!!! The comments are worthless so I won’t even engage in them anymore.


May 21st, 2012
4:34 pm

Clay should have won. Arsenio got a pass after being unprofessional and insulting (to Aubrey, even though she could be annoying). Clay was professional all the way, and raised more money.


May 21st, 2012
4:40 pm

This should not have been a difficult decision–Clay should have won! If Trump’s reason for choosing Arsenio is that he was undefeated as a PM, then why bother having a final competition? If that was the criteria, to go into the finals undefeated, then Clay didn’t have a chance of winning. Trump has always emphasized the amount of money raised as a criteria and the amount Clay raised was so much more than Arsenio’s total. Clay’s show was also so much better and as someone else who was there already posted, it was so much more fun and hard to put together than Arsenio’s. We only see the edited part where it shows that both shows were equally great. I have nothing against Arsenio or the Magic Johnson Foundation, but it is clear that this decision had to be connected with the fact that Magic has the TV show coming up with the parent company of NBC and that Trump is good friends with Magic. It also didn’t help Clay that he was on a recent show speaking his political views which oppose Trump’s. We all see from the past that Trump’s decisions are frequently influenced by his own likes/dislikes, and his decision last night only confirmed that he can be swayed by outside forces from making the right choice. In the end, Clay’s fans can’t help him personally to accept that he is #2 again, but they can help his cause by making a donation to NIP–I did already.


May 21st, 2012
5:08 pm

I don’t even understand how Arsenio could “perform” for this Obama-hating, over-combing guy.

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May 22nd, 2012
12:19 am

Not happy with the winner, but I keep thinking of one thing. Clay’s got the most important title which, of course, he rarely gets credit for in publicity about him. He was chosen for this position by a prestigious organization based, among other things, on his character, intelligence, charity work and love of children. Clay Aiken, UNICEF CELEBRITY AMBASSADOR for Education of Children. He’s been one of their Celebrity Ambassadors for several years now and has gone on several missions for Unicef – to Asia soon after the Tsunami, Uganda, Afghanastan, Somolia, Mexico …. He’s done alot of work for and on behalf of that cause and to raise money after natural disasters around he world for Unicef. Remember too he was chosen during the Bush Administration to work for a few years on a President’s Committee for the Mentally Disabled to help in that capacity. He’s a winner where it counts.


May 22nd, 2012
10:55 am

Trump showed blatant favortism toward Arsino Hall througout the whole show. The fact that Clay Aiken and his team raised $301,000 for Aikens’ charity should have won Aiken the title. But at least Aikens’ charity received a lot of money during the course of the show.


May 22nd, 2012
11:04 am

Mr. Trump–Your’re Fired!!!!!!! I will not be wathching the show next season, this was obvious a ploy to get Arsenio back in the game. Tell me Mr. Trump –if someone in your company brought in 3 times the amount of money than another employee –who would you keep–explain that to the board of directors. To the viewers who felt that this was a ploy by the network, to help Arsenios comeback,do not watch The Apprentice next season!

urban redneck

May 22nd, 2012
11:41 am

i’m glad arsenio won…………simply because he has no other means to support himself.


May 22nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Donald is a republican. and we all know, the only thing a republican hates more than an unemployed black man, is gays

The Donald

May 22nd, 2012
4:58 pm

Donald this, Donald that. All of y’all have been suckered in by manufactured drama. I don’t CARE who gets kicked off each week. THE PRODUCERS decide who takes the limo ride based on what mix of people are left. What group has the best chance of producing drama next week? Drama equals ratings! If you keep that in mind you can sucessfully predict who leaves every week. Congrats to Arseneo.


May 22nd, 2012
10:59 pm

I’ve enjoyed Rodney Ho’s columns for several years, but there’s a lot more going on out there, than “Idol” and “Housewives.” Our family misses the more informative columns that used to tell us more about the rest of what’s going on in the entertainment world – especially in Atlanta. We noted there was one recent posting about Atlanta radio, but there used to be more along this vein. Here’s hoping that we’ll soon hear more than (un)Reality Tv news. Believe it or not, not everyone is obsessed with it! : )


May 22nd, 2012
11:35 pm

Just watched TiVo finale tonight. Clay sure looked funny or fake when singing that last song. Seems like he was trying to hard.

traci 404

May 23rd, 2012
12:41 am

com on folks. these “reality” shows..are far from it. hmmmm. Magic Johnsons friend or Clay Aiken which one will get Trump more notariety! hmmmm. I wonder who will be the executive producer for Arsenios new show? dahhhh!


May 23rd, 2012
1:18 am

I just want to know how Arsenio showed up at the finale with hair! Where did that hair come from? He’s been bald throughout the show, and obviously embarrassed about it, and now he has hair? What is it, spray-on hair? Did he have a hair transplant?

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Ivory Obvious

May 23rd, 2012
12:38 pm


Aresnio was SELECTED.

He didn’t “win” at any competitive component of the show, being outperformed and outclassed at every step by Clay Liberace.


May 23rd, 2012
1:54 pm

In hindsight we can see that Arsenio Hall was set up to win before the cameras even started rolling. Arsenio Hall taking over for Piers Morgan last month to exclusively interview Magic Johnston for an hour was no accident. It was just another stone in the wall to rebuild Arsenios career. Too bad Clay never saw it coming. The man deserved to win, legitimately.


May 26th, 2012
8:02 pm

Arsenio is a class act.


May 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

st watched the last show again. Clay’s party was better, his PSA was better, his show was better. Watch the audience at the end of each show. After Arsenio’s show the croud was clapping loudly. But during & after Clay’s, you could see the crowd really getting into it. They were dancing along, arms were in the air, clapping. Clay raised nearly twice the money. His PSA was much more professional looking while Arsenio’s was cheap looking. I really liked both men & I thought it was great that they were good friends. In the end, Clay did a much better overall job on that last task. But, Arsenio kissed Trump’s butt more, so there you have it. The show is mostly fun to watch but the outcomes often leave a lot to be desired. Piers Morgan won over Trace Adkins only because of the money (that was a wrong decision, too). Since the outcome was probably fixed & apparently, for promotional purposes, I hope Trump at least made a private donation to Clay’s charity as compensation