This is a night when reality trumped reality TV and Donald Trump got trumped by Pres. Obama and news that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
NBC chose to pre-empt the EST feed of “Celebrity Apprentice” at about 10:50 p.m. as the President was about to announce the news. So right now, I have no idea who got “fired” by Trump. We were in the middle of watching NeNe Leakes try to fend off Star Jones in the boardroom on the popular reality show.
UPDATE: Based on a West Coast recap, I’ve learned Trump fired Hope Dworacyzk, the Playboy Playmate who redefined “staying under the radar” during the entire challenge by pretty much saying nothing and doing nothing remarkable to boot. Whether she deserved to be even on the show was debatable except Trump likes as much eye candy on the cast as possible. She finally was forced to defend herself and did point out the irony (yes, more irony) that NeNe’s charity was to fight domestic violence yet she was verbally and mentally abusive to Star Jones. At the same time, there was no chance the producers or Trump could get rid of Star or NeNe at this point. They certainly want this wacky relationship to go on as long as they could get away with. If you want to view the actual firing, you can online and see it at nbc.com.
(Obama finally came on at 11:35 p.m. EST, though he had told media he would be on at around 10:30 p.m.)
Leakes earlier in the episode verbally threatening she was going to “take down” Star Jones for backstabbing and manipulation. Naturally, the team lost to the much more integrated trio of men: John Rich, Meat Loaf and fellow Atlantan Lil Jon, who won his second challenge against NeNe. (So another $40,000 goes to the United Methodist Children’s Home in Decatur for foster children.Go Lil Jon!)
My favorite line from NeNe about Star: “You evil fat lady. You may have lost weight on the outside but your brain is still very fat.”
NeNe felt played by Star Jones in helping get rid of LaToya Jackson, who was ousted last week.
Then in a play that was possibly LaToya’s idea (but more likely, the ingenious producers), she confronted Trump afterwards, saying she should not have been fired. She wants back in with the men to wreak revenge upon Star.
Trump can’t help it so he brings her back to the men’s team in a surprise move.
The men won tonight despite the fact it was a hair show competition. On the surface, this should have been a slam dunk for the women. But the men have three great presenters. This time, Lil Jon was a far better stage person than NeNe. The men also had a more coherent theme and even brought back Nikki Taylor from the women’s team to be a model just to tweak the ladies.