'The Celebrity Apprentice' recap: Keepin' it Real

I've often joked about and taken delight in how arbitrary and absurd the elimination process is on Celebrity Apprentice. There is clearly little-to-no logic involved in Trump's firing decisions, as he scrambles to keep the people that he thinks will create the most drama. (Need I remind you that Gary Busey made it all the way to episode 7?) And often the most entertaining tasks were the ones that were completely bungled on every level. (Need I remind you that La Toya Jackson refused to allow the Playmate of the Year to get in a bikini to sell sunscreen…and somehow still won over the equally inept men?) However, one of the things I do want from Celebrity Apprentice is worthy people in the finals, and allow me to say that is the best final two in Celebrity Apprentice history! (Granted it's a pretty short history, but still.)

Piers Morgan was a force to be reckoned with in season 1, but Trace Adkins — as nice as he was — didn’t quite measure up. Annie Duke completely dominated season 2 (not just in fund-raising; she also beat professional musician Clint Black in a jingle-writing contest) yet was faced against an unworthy Joan Rivers in the finals. (Trump then made the situation even more inexplicable by naming Rivers the winner because he didn't want to award it to another allegedly unlikable personality — still the most egregious decision in CA history.) Bret Michaels was a great feel good story last year, but his face-off against Holly Robinson Peete was hardly a clash of the titans. But John Rich vs. Marlee Matlin? Now we're talkin'! Both smart, talented, and worthy of the Celebrity Apprentice throne. (A throne built out of congealed Veleveeta perhaps, but a throne nonetheless.) Read More...



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