By David T. Farr
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As much as I despise Donald Trump, I find myself parked in front of the television engrossed in “Celebrity Apprentice.” The famed “board room” scenes make for great TV.
Season 7 is well underway and already we’ve seen the likes of Keshia Knight-Pulliam, Kevin Jonas, Jamie Anderson, Gilbert Gottfried, Terrell Owens, Shawn Johnson and Lorenzo Lamas fired by Mr. Trump. He seems to hold no pity with the departures, although the respect for good game-play has remained high.
I thought Jonas would be fired sooner than later, which is what happened. However, Keshia Knight-Pulliam’s exit came far too soon — she was the first celebrity casualty this season.
Keshia went up against Geraldo Rivera. It was a fundraising task to which Rivera called on his friends at FOX. She did fairly well with her charitable donations, but she was fired for not calling upon Bill Cosby for money. Her teammates saw her opportunity as a “Cosby kid” went lost, thus allowing her team to lose to Rivera.
These shows are taped well in advance and Keshia could have known what was going on with Cosby before the media got hold of the story. She may have thought it best not to ask him for money under the circumstances and allegations surrounding Cosby. I can’t say I blame her. I would not have called him, either, if I knew something like that was about to break.
Trump saw it as a downfall on Keshia’s part, hence, firing her.
With Keshia, Jonas, Gottfried, Owens, Johnson and Lamas gone, who remains? I believe it’s the best of the rest: Kenya Moore, Brandi Glanville, Ian Ziering, Vivica Fox, Leeza Gibbons, Johnny Damon and Rivera.
My first impression when I saw the celebrity cast list was that Gibbons and Rivera would duke it out on finale night. So far, I still believe that to be true. However, I also thought Kate Gosselin would be the first to be sent packing. Luckily for her, I’m not Trump. She lasted until this week.
It takes a wickedly intelligent person to win this game. Previous winners include Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, John Rich and Trace Adkins. Each excelled. I see some of the same great traits in Gibbons and Rivera, with Rivera also possessing a huge amount of competitive drive. Sometimes having a competitive drive can be to your advantage, but it’s not everything.
Kenya and Brandi bring the usual cat-fighting, which can be entertaining, but neither will leave the board room a winner. Damon brings a certain cool to the show, while Ziering is eager to please. Vivica is fierce but sometimes comes across as condescending.
Rivera has exhausted much of his fundraising early on, whereas I feel Gibbons is saving up for a rainy day.
It was cool to see the late Joan Rivers’ episode air the other night. She was such a class act and a huge part of Trump’s success with “Celebrity Apprentice.” I also liked hearing that, since the show began, more than $13 million has been raised for charity. I love it!
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