While everyone else was watching the Billboard Music Awards, I took the task of watching the finale of Celebrity Apprentice. I did this for you guys! Okay, well, I didn’t watch every single minute of it, Donald Trump doesn’t really deserve my time.
The finale saw the return of Gary Busey, who hijaked the “live” show to talk about Omaha Steaks again. Trump pushed LaToya Jackson to talk about why she didn’t like Star Jones, while she was sitting right next to Star. This was after he instigated another argument between Star and Nene Leakes. The issue of race and if Nene had problems with the other black women on the show came up again, because that was necessary. Donald Trump totally gets race relations, you guys.
So, it was down to Country singer John Rich and actress Marlee Matlin, both had to create campaigns for 7UP Retro. John almost ruined his presentation by announcing Def Leppard 20 minutes before the band was ready to play. He stalled by singing a song, asking Trump not to fire him. Marlee’s presentation featured the Harlem Globetrotters, and while the 7UP executives thought both campaigns were great, ultimately the decision was left to Trump and his combover. Both John and Marlee raised over a million dollars for their respective charities over the course of the show, and they played the game really well.
In the end, John Rich was named the winner and got another $250,000 to give to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
I think they both deserved to win, but I was sort of rooting for Marlee. If you can ignore that Donald Trump is involved in it, you have to appreciate the fact that this show supports and gives money to so many charities. Also, it keeps Trump from being anywhere near the White House.
I hate to say that I’ve never watched one single episode of “Celebrity Apprentice”, but I was most definitely rooting for someone.
Okay. Here’s your opportunity to STOP READING. I’ll wait.
“The live two-hour season finale was especially momentous for Michaels, who, since filming the reality show, suffered a brain hemorrhage April 22. Michaels was in critical condition for a week after the hemorrhage before his release from the hospital in early May.
The 47-year-old rocker suffered another setback May 20 when he was hospitalized with a stroke. Michaels’ appearance on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice finale was his second since his brain hemorrhage and his first since his subsequent stroke. But despite his three hospitalizations, including an emergency appendectomy April 12, Michaels was determined to make it to New York for the live finale.
The finale was emotional for both Michaels and Robinson Peete because of their respective charities. Michaels suffers from Type 1 diabetes and played for the American Diabetes Association. Robinson Peete raised money for her foundation, HollyRod, which helps those whose quality of life has been diminished by disease or disorder. Robinson Peete’s 12-year-old son, RJ, suffers from autism.
Michaels and Robinson Peete began the final challenge, to create and market a new flavor of Snapple Iced Tea, in the penultimate episode. With the help of fired contestants Darryl Strawberry and Summer Sanders, Michaels launched the Trop-A-Rocka flavor of Diet Snapple. Robinson Peete created Compassionberry tea with recently fired contestants Curtis Stone and Maria Kanellis.
On the live part of Sunday’s finale, Michaels walked with a limp and appeared to have slight drooping on the left side of his face (which earlier this week, his rep attributed to the hemorrhage as well as his medications). But Michaels was back to his old self, as he bumped his fists against his chest to thank the crowd and walked over to personally thank every one of the fired contestants on stage.
Talking with Trump, Michaels said his doctors advised him not to travel to New York for the finale. “It’s been a rough go, but I’m glad I’m here,” he said. Speaking about Michaels’ illness, Robinson Peete acknowledged the great public support for her opponent (which she dubbed “Michaels mania”) and said that even her 5-year-old son was rooting for Michaels to win.
Michaels joked about getting the sympathy vote, saying, “I’ll take a vote any way I can get it” and argued he didn’t travel this far (from Arizona) to lose.
In the end, Donald Trump chose Michaels to become his latest apprentice — meaning $250,000 will go to the American Diabetes Association. Just before announcing his decision, Trump said Snapple had matched the grand prize so $250,000 will also go to HollyRod.”
I would have been a cryin’ SHAME if Bret (along with his all-in-one hat/bandanna/wig–which he really should have won the prize for, by the way) had not won.