The super-duper sized 3-hour episode of Celebrity Apprenticeaired last night and it did not disappoint! The episode brought us a not so surprising whiner and quitter, a sequel of a previous firing, and ended with arguably the most shocking “you’re fired” of the season!
Let’s begin with Donald Trump meeting up with the remaining 7 contestants to give them instructions for their new task. Nene Leakes, who verbally attackedStar Jones last week for reasons still unclear, is feeling much better this day and ready to make up with Star. When asked by Trump if she was ready to work with the Nene, Star made it clear that answer was a NO. And can you blame her? Trump ended up moving Nene to the other team, and the overly sensitive bully’s feelings were apparently hurt. Victim Nene stated she needed some time to herself, and selfishly disappeared on her team, who were forced to work without her. “Nene is so disappointing to me. You can’t abandon us. She didn’t even say goodbye,” stated John Rich.
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You either love her or you hate her as no one I know has ever had a neutral opinion about NeNe Leakes.
In a recent radio interview with the Russ Parr Morning Show, NeNe, who stars on the Celebrity Apprentice, is not happy about the insinuations in the line of questioning inferring she bullies fellow cast mates. Of course, the always diplomatic and never defensive NeNe attempted to set the record straight.
She tells the radio show, “I don’t know what you been watching because nobody has said that I seem like I’m the bully on ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’ I know I’m not a bully and everybody has their opinions and that’s fine with me. You’re not on the show, I am. So you don’t know what goes on.” Well, I guess that’s it then, NeNe is not a bully. Not one to end it there, NeNe goes on to share what it is about her sparkling personality that could potentially lead to that false public opinion. She adds, “I’m not bullying anybody. I stand up for what I believe in, and I’m very honest, and I always tell the truth. I’m not a liar, I’m not manipulative, and I don’t stab you in your back, because I will stab you in your chest.” I’m just concerned that regardless, stabbing is involved.
NeNe insists that it is her star quality and not her penchant for drama that landed her on Celebrity Apprentice. “I’m on the show because I am very popular and Mr. Donald Trump handpicked me himself,” she insisted. NeNe did admit to the radio hosts that Apprentice wasn’t her cup of tea and revealed that she was soon hoping to get her own show. If that happens, I know I’ll be watching. Seriously.
When asked if her slightly (?) negative portrayal was the fault of editing (isn’t that what all reality stars say is to blame for less than stellar reputations?), NeNe is not happy. She retorts, “You need to say that to your listeners and also you haven’t seen Star be manipulative, evil and conniving? She was calling me uneducated. She likes to pull the ‘I’m more educated than anyone’ card all of the time. Just because you went to school for ten years doesn’t mean you are smarter than me because we are on the same show getting the same check. I don’t like people who like to put out bad information. That’s not cool to the listeners. I have a very big heart. I’m a very good person and there’s nobody you can talk to that has ever been around me that would tell you anything other than that. That is who I am and what you see on TV is TV.” It’s very commendable to own her behavior, I have to say, but I am guessing that Gregg or Kim Zolciak may think otherwise as to how fabulous she says she is.
Recently fired “celebrity” castmate Hope Dworaczyk also dished about NeNe’s behavior, as well as that of NeNe’s Apprentice nemesis Star Jones. In the past, Hope has called NeNe “unstable” but opened up to E! Online about both co-stars. “Star was bossy and you couldn’t tell her any different, but NeNe was a bitch, too…I love them both and I hate them both, because they were so hard to work with, yet, when we were in our down time, they were fun and enlightening and dancing on the floor.” Too bad that Hope won’t be dancing on the floor of Trump Towers with NeNe any longer.
What drama can NeNe stir up innocently come across on tonight’s episode? Watch the following preview of the special three-hour episode below!
Maybe future presidential candidate Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks sharing his opinions on both his politics as well as President Obama, but the question today is has the Donald gone too far?
Gone too far as in is he now hurting NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice? Oddly enough, many critics feel Donald’s recent publicity tour is actually a stunt to increase ratings for his show. But that now seems to be backfiring as not only are some viewers threatening to boycott the show due to Trump’s political statements, but Groupon announced Thursday that it had decided to pull all future ads from the Celebrity Apprentice website at the urging of its customers.
After an online petition was launched last week urging a boycott of companies that advertised with the show, Groupon, which doesn’t advertise on the TV show but rather on the NBC.com website, stated that they would not place ads on the show’s website in the future so as to “[avoid] intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers.”
“Enough consumers have contacted us to warrant ensuring that we don’t place ads on the Apprentice homepage in the future. It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion… this isn’t a political statement, it’s avoiding intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers,” said Groupon via a statement on their website.
And according to NewsOne, a news service for the African American community, other advertisers are starting to pressure NBC to either control Trump or risk losing their sponsorship on the Celebrity Apprentice.
Meanwhile, the big question still remains – Is Trump actually going to run for president? “I am thinking of saying on live finale of The Apprentice finale on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the New York Times last month, claiming that the decision is a “tough” one because Celebrity Apprentice has been performing well in ratings. The decision is apparently tough because if Trump decides to run for president, he will no longer do the Apprentice.
Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of Celebrity Apprentice as we finally get to see the widely promoted smackdown showdown between Nene Leakes and Star Jones. A preview clip is below -
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The task was to have each group create 4 pages of ads for the Trump Hotels. Star stepped up to manage the women’s team since she’s been living the life of lux all her life, while John Richvolunteered to be the men’s PM since nobody else would.
Nene suffered another mild emotional breakdown and played victim yet again when she simply couldn’t understand why La Toya Jackson would tell Donald Trump she wanted to keep in touch with everyone on their team except her.
“I cannot understand what I”ve done to her personally for her to say that,” said the Nene. Seriously, she did… days after verbally attacking La Toya by calling her Casper and stating she was only famous because of her last name. Surreal. The Nene is starting to give me Kelly Kirazy Bensimon. La Toya stands her ground stating she simply told Trump how she felt. Star gets involved and has the ladies talk things out, which might have been a bad strategy on her part. Nene, probably realizing just how important La Toya’s last name is, says she wants to be friends and La Toya extends an olive branch.
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This season of Celebrity Apprentice continued to be one for the books as the latest episode brought us an epic meltdown and a record breaking fund raising.
Before the teams could get started on their latest fund raising tasks, the men’s team had to deal with the loss of Jose Canseco, who decided to bow out after learning the health of his father, who is battling cancer, had taken a turn for the worse. Jose met up with Donald Trump to break the news, and the Donald ended up donating $25,000 to his charity. Richard Hatch however pondered if Jose’s early exit might have also been because he knew he wouldn’t be able to raise any money.
Either way, the show went on. The task was for both teams to raise funds via an art auction. Country singer John Rich was the manager for the men’s Team Backbone and all was going well, that is until Gary Busey took some of the painting tools purchased by Meat Loaf, allegedly. And holy meltdown as Meat Loaf absolutely lost it.
“Motherf–k! I bought those motherf–king sponges!” screamed Meat Loaf at Gary. “You look in my eyes. I am the last person in the f–king world you ever want to f–k with! You pushed me to the f–king limit!” In fact Meat Loaf had to be retrained from getting physical with Gary. Meat Loaf, who stated he had been to anger management in the past, would end up apologizing to Gary as it turned out his missing art supplies were sitting in a corner the entire time.
Things went more smoothly for the women’s Team ASAP as team manager Marlee Matlin managed to raise an astonishing $986,000 – an apprentice record. This gave the women a win over the men, who also raised an amazing $606,000.
A stunned Donald then gave Marlee the option of letting the men’s team stay intact or choosing to have someone fired. Marlee huddled up with her team before ultimately choosing to have someone fired from the men’s team. While the men felt Gary should be fired for his lack of focus, Donald ultimately decided to keep Gary for the ratings to fire Richard for raising the least amount of money.
Meanwhile, we began to see the brewing drama between Nene Leakesand Star Jones this week as the two ladies got into a quick tiff during which Star accused Nene of patronizing her. “Nobody is patronizing your a**,” responded Nene. And judging from the previews for next week, it seems the Nene will be rearing its ugly head on national television once again, as she is shown verbally attacking La Toya Jackson for reasons unknown.
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According to numerous reports, Jersey Shore star The Situation experienced a bit of an ego bruise last night during the taping of “Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.“
See, for some very odd reason, The Situation was made a part of the roast and he ultimately took to the stage at some point to tell his jokes… which bombed badly, to the point that he was booed off the stage. Below is an excerpt of what happened from the LA Times -
“”The Sitch,” as he’s called, deadpanned to [Whitney] Cummings, “I actually wouldn’t call you a grenade because you won’t be blowing up anytime soon.” (Buh-dum-bum!) He told Snoop Dogg that he and Trump had a lot in common because Trump owned a lot of property and Snoop’s ancestors were property. (Snoop did not appear amused.) Before long, the audience began to boo so loudly that comedian Jeffrey Ross, who’s been at this so long he’s known as the Roastmaster General, had to interject into the act to try to save the Situation, who’d already claimed he shared one quality with Ross: “This is my first night doing comedy.” “It’s also your last,” Ross responded, to overwhelming applause.”
In fact, one Comedy Central exec stated The Sitch’s jokes were so bad, that most of his act might be cut from the final broadcast. The roast will air on Comedy Central on March 15. Here’s to hoping the “jokes” will be left in so that we can all laugh at with the Sitch.
It all started on Monday when Ne-Yo tweeted, “Wow. Snooki is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Really? I quit. (Just kidding, but almost serious….).” He later added that he wasn’t trying to diss the Snooks. “I gotta reiterate, no disrespect to Snooki,” he told E! News. “I don’t know her so I can’t disrespect her but I feel like Rolling Stone is a music magazine and for them to put her on the cover, it’s like, ‘Really?!’ “
Snooki however took the diss personally as she tweeted, “Neyo’s mad that I got the cover of rolling stone?…you lost a loyal fan. What a buzz kill.#sorry.” Ne-Yo however seems to be taking the loss of a fan in stride. “I think I’ll be all right,” he smiled upon being told of Snooki’s tweet. “I think I’ll sleep tonight.”
Finally, on tonight’s all new episode titled, “GTF—Gym, Tan, Find Out Who Sammi Is Texting,” things heat up between J-Woww and Roger; Pauly and Vinny take a road trip to Staten Island; and Mike clues Ronnie in on some of Sammi’s suspicious behavior. The episode airs at 10/9c on MTV.
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Nene has spent the past couple of weeks slamming Star in the press, you know, calling her “special” and stating she “wouldn’t spit on Star if she was on fire.” Star on the other hand has appeared to take the high road in the feud, stating in a recent interview that she did not want to contribute to the stereotype of the “bombastic black woman.”
Nene however sees things differently. “I’m not surprised that Star used the ‘black women need to get along. Oh, she’s just being a black woman being mad or yelling or whatever,’” Nene tells Zap2It in a recent interview. “She has no fault in this. So, let’s just say that. You can not argue by yourself.” Nene goes on to refer to Star as “phony,” adding, “I’m like this, if you are a b***h, own it. Be a b***h 24 hours, own that. Be that.”
So what is Nene’s strategy on Celebrity Apprentice you ask? “Going into ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ I didn’t have any strategies,” admits Nene. “I was a little scared going there. I saw Donald and I thought that he was scary. You know, mean-mugging you and not really smiling. So, I was really scared of that. I just went in, thinking to myself that I’m just here to fight for my charity and I don’t want to be voted off first. That’s all I thought.”
Moving on to tonight’s season premiere — the “sixteen celebrities engage in business-themed battles when Donald Trump’s competition series begins its 11th season. In the opener, the stars must manage a New York City pizzeria.” The celebrities include La Toya Jackson, Lisa Rinna, Richard Hatch, Marlee Matlin, Dionne Warwick, Gary Busey, David Cassidy, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf and Mark McGrath.
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In the mag, Nene responds to Sweetie Hughes‘ recent comments in which she stated Nene was ruining her life. Nene also talks about the Donald, her impending divorce, dating, her experience on the upcoming Celebrity Apprentice and her thoughts on returning for the 4th season of the RHOA.
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ON SWEETIE: “Sweetie is not even a housewife, nor is she a celebrity. I said on the show that Kim was treating her like a slave, and that was my opinion. As a black woman, [if you] allow any woman of any ethnicity to say to you, ‘You black b—-, go and get my cigarettes,’ either you are a slave or you have a problem. And the Free Sweetie campaign had nothing to do with me. Rickey Smiley is a comedian and he did that [as] a complete joke, and people are just laughing about it, and Sweetie is taking it seriously.” Nene then delivers a verbal backhand: “I’m not ruining her life. What kind of life does she have anyway?”
ON HER PENDING DIVORCE: “[When] going through a divorce, you need to be around people who love you and care for you, and there were times that I really didn’t want to talk to people, just because I was failing in that area. I don’t think it’s anything that I did. It’s just after 14 years, we just grew apart.”
ON DATING: Nene reveals she’s now back on the market and looking for Mr. Right. She wants a man who is “confident in who he is, and stays in his lane and not over here in mine,” she says. “He has to be spiritual, he has to have swagger, and it doesn’t matter if he’s black or white.” Mr. Right must also have his own money. “I’m not in it for the money, but, if I date a man he has to have his own money. I think it’s only fair,” she states. “If I’m out here making money, what in the hell am I going to do with a guy who’s not making money? Like, that’s not even cool. I don’t want to take care of a guy.”
ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE: Nene reveals her much anticipated appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice,” will be nothing like what you’ve seen of her on Real Housewives of Atlanta. “Celebrity Apprentice wasn’t a great experience for me; it was a very hard show to do. We shot the show in literally 45 days. It’s a big show with 16 celebrities (you have eight guys and eight girls), as opposed to working with five. The hours are bananas; you work six days a week, and you rise at 4 a.m. and you get in at midnight. The earliest was 10 p.m.; but sometimes it was 1 a.m.”
ON DONALD TRUMP: Working with Donald Trump was great, however. “Donald is great; he’s very real in his own type of way. He’s not the easiest person to get to know right away,” NeNe recalls. “It takes some time to get to know him. I found him very cool, and I must say he really likes me. You know he likes women who are really tall. And he’s had some brown sugar.” She’s also open to dating the married Donald. “Yeah, I would date Donald Trump … let’s hook it up. I met some really important people through Mr. Trump, he has that swagger.”
ON RETURNING TO REAL HOUSE WIVES OF ATLANTA: “I can’t say today that I want to be a housewife next season, I don’t know that. Maybe a month from now, I will feel different. I want to have the opportunity to talk to the producers to see where we can go as far as the editing, and as you know, we don’t have any control over that, we just shoot the show and they show what they want to show.”
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