Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Hope Dworaczyk Tries to Model — And Fails

If you watch this season’s Celebrity Apprentice, then you know that NeNe Leakes waivers between insanity and brilliance. I just watched Sunday’s episode, and the clip below solidifies NeNe’s comedic timing. To summarize the clip, NeNe assigned Hope Dworaczyk the task of modeling some hair-care products. NeNe likely figured that Hope could pull it off, especially considering Hope models for a living. In fact, she was Playmate of the Year. Apparently, being a model is harder than harder than I thought. Watch below!

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Anderson Cooper Takes on Donald Trump — Cooper’s a Bad-Ass

Anderson Cooper took on Donald Trump to debunk Trump’s ridiculous theory that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States, and I’d encourage you to watch the video below to confirm that Anderson Cooper is a bad-ass.  I originally thought that Trump’s claims aren’t worthy of a hard-news interview, but then I realized that Donald Trump’s ridiculous assertions are potentially damaging.  His fame puts him in a position of power, and the more he makes the talk-show circuits professing that Obama is not an American citizen, the more likely he is to influence weak-minded people that are aching to believe this.  I’ve always loved Donald Trump, mostly because I’m a huge Celebrity Apprentice fan, and because he’s Howard Stern’s best guest.  That being said, I now officially hate him.  To quote President Obama, he’s nothing but a “carnival barker.”

UPDATE: Obama released his birth certificate, and Trump took credit.


Jesse James to Write Tell-All — Sandra Bullock Furious?

Jesse James is set to write a tell-all book, and rumors are circulating that Sandra Bullock is furious. When word first broke of Jesse James’ affair, I was floored, and I thought he’d immediately start the career-cleanup process. He remained under the radar throughout his entire Sandra Bullock relationship, and it wasn’t until he appeared on Celebrity Apprentice that I thought he might be fame-hungry. Judging from how he’s handled their split, and what he’s done since, I’m guessing he’d rather torch his public image than save it. After all, if everyone’s staring at you, why not put on a show for them? This memoir is just another reason to hate him. If he writes about his marriage to Sandra, then he’s capitalizing on her fame, and if he doesn’t — the book disingenuous and pointless.

Star Jones on Joy Behar — No More Bad Blood?

Star Jones appeared on Joy Behar’s HLN show to promote her new book, Satan’s Sisters, and I was shocked to discover that she appeared agreeable and friendly. I’ve been picking on Star Jones a lot lately, mostly due to her poor behavior on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. I was also shocked to discover that this interview took place at all. Star left The View in a very dramatic fashion, disclosing to the press that she was “fired” and announcing her departure before the producers had originally planned. Translation? — She pissed everyone off. Since then, she’s apparently become PR savvy, because everyone knows if you want to clear your image, you return to the scene of the crime. Since she’s likely banned from The View for eternity, Joy Behar’s show is the next best step. Watch the interview below.

Star Jones/NeNe Leakes Feud: My Favorite Part So Far

On this week’s Celebrity Apprentice, the task was to create a commercial to promote a new RCN video phone. True to form, Star Jones and NeNe Leakes didn’t get along. In the video below, Star Jones coached NeNe on her presentation, and Star insisted that NeNe was “too sexy.” Star also kindly took the time to point out that she could have easily presented without NeNe’s help, but “she thinks it’s important to support and encourage her teammates to shine.” Man — Star Jones sure is charitable. Watch the exchange below.

Celebrity Apprentice Debuts — Star Jones v. Everyone?

It always shocks me when celebrities appear on reality shows and openly broadcast their bad behavior.  In the case of Star Jones, it’s especially surprising.  First, Jones has some major career cleanup to do after being fired from The View and subsequently bad-mouthing the staff.  You would think she’d make a considerable effort to appear agreeable — even if she has to lie to do so.  If you watched the most recent episode of The Apprentice, then you know that Star Jones and Dionne Warwick were exceptionally disagreeable.  The challenge was to draft a children’s book, and both Star and Dionne insisted that they receive writing credit on the book apart from the team’s general credit.  If you’re familiar with entertainment contracts, then you know that credit is a big deal in the industry, so it’s understandable that both Star and Dionne would be knowledgeable of receiving separate credit.  That being said, this is faux task on Celebrity Apprentice and not a legitimate book deal for a major studio.  Their immaturity was ridiculous, as was their condescending conversations with team leader, Lisa Rinna. That brings me to my favorite line of the episode, which came from Lisa Rinna when she said, “those bitches are not going to take me down.”

Dear Donald Trump — Stop Casting Reality Stars on Your Reality Show

The new cast of Celebrity Apprentice has been announced, and I’m disappointed. Though it might be interesting to if Richard Hatch (Survivor) and NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) can actually make intelligent business decisions, I’m sick of reality shows recycling reality stars. These shows basically provide a mosh-pit of recycled fame-whores that are looking to extend their fifteen minutes of fame to twenty minutes. Keep in mind that I’m not a realty-television-hater, but there’s a lot of people in the industry who were actually famous for a talent, and who are looking to resurrect their career. Those are the people who should be selected. Forgive me if I don’t want to see the douchey Jake Pavelka on Dancing With the Stars.

Why I’m Not Watching This Season’s Apprentice

I confess that I’m an avid fan of competition television.  I love Project Runway, and I’ve always looked forward to The Apprentice.  When The Apprentice started to cast celebrities, I was first opposed to the idea, and then I started to watch it and immediately got hooked.  I love seeing whether celebrities are actually capable of executing intelligent business decisions.  The greatest surprise in the history of the show was Bret Michaels.  Had you asked me what I thought of him prior to The Apprentice, I would have said he is “dumb as rocks” (Rock of Love pun intended).  Then I saw him on Celebrity Apprentice, and he blew me out of the water (no Rock of Love pun intended).  So when Trump announced that they would return to the original format of the show, and cast “regular people,” I was very disappointed.  Last night, I tried to watch this season, and I turned it off twenty minutes in.  I will attempt to explain my reason by using an analogy.  Say you love ordering lasagna at Italian restaurants.  Then, after years of ordering lasagna, you come to my house for dinner, eat my mother’s lasagna, and realize that you’ve been eating terrible lasagna your whole life.  Once you’ve tasted gourmet, it’s over.  Make sense?  Why do I want to watch a bunch of nobodies taking themselves so damn seriously?  At least when it’s ridiculous Hollywood types, I can justify it by saying they’ve been pampered for the last 15 years and can’t adjust to being bossed around.  Alright, please feel free to use that genius analogy elsewhere — I won’t copyright it.

It’s Official: The Apprentice Needs Celebrities

I’m unsure who the culprit is at NBC who thought it was a good idea to return to Trump’s original Apprentice format, but they might be in the midst of a stern tongue-lashing.  The Non-Celebrity Apprentice (my title, not NBC’s) aired to horrific ratings on Thursday, with just 4.5 million viewers.  Why?  Because no one cares anymore about non-celebrities on reality television.  When The Apprentice originally aired, it was a success because of  the gimmick format.  Once people got used to it, they got tired of the show.  The celebrity format resurrected it, because the public is actually interested in whether celebrities can rub two brain cells together.  And with Bret Michaels’ surprise capability last season (i.e. he can actually make smart business choices that don’t involve how to avoid herpes from slutty hookers on Rock of Love), I’m surprised the producers returned to the original style.  Good job, guys.

Donald Trump Asks his Celebrity Panel if They Think Rod Blagojevich is Guilty

Say what you want about Donald Trump, the man has a sense of humor. On tonight’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’  finale, he asked Rod Blagojevich if he thinks that the show helped or hurt him. Blagojevich began his predictable, long monologue of innocence, and when he was finished, Trump stared at him for a moment and then asked: “Show of hands, who here thinks Rod is guilty?”  Everyone laughed, which led Trump to ask it again, this time telling them all he wanted a serious answer.  Aside from Bret Michaels’ triumphant return to television, that was my favorite moment.