‘Celebrity Apprentice': And the fired celebrities are…

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‘Celebrity Apprentice': And the fired celebrities are….

Athletes haven’t fared well on “Celebrity Apprentice” and in this case, they are being plucked off one by one. Two more celebrities were fired tonight by Donald Trump in another back-to-back episode extravaganza that also featured Geraldo Rivera in a top hat and tails, two Real Housewives frolicking in lingerie on Ian Ziering’s bed, and an appearance by the late great Joan Rivers, who acted as an advisor on the first task.LOS ANGELES • NBC was desperate to have “Celebrity Apprentice” return to the air, and only Donald Trump’s busy schedule delayed it for two years, Trump told TV critics meeting Friday in Los Angeles.

The first project had the teams creating a mobile boutique to promote Ivanka Trump’s shoe line, leading Sig Hansen to complain that, “All of our tasks have been so feminine lately I can’t find my penis in the morning.” (Keep looking!) Vivica Fox’s team lost, but Shawn Johnson was fired for not stepping up as Project Manager/being too boring. One of the late comedian’s last taped appearances airs with her serving as an adviser on “Celebrity Apprentice.” The episode is bound to be full of laughter and a little bittersweet. It was filmed last year a month before her death from complications following an endoscopy to check for gastroesophageal reflux disease at a private clinic in New York. “There was so much reverence for her when she came back, because she accomplished an incredible feat by winning at her age,” said Apprentice executive producer Mark Burnett in an interview with the Star. “To be an octogenarian and to have that much incredible energy. Follow-up questions asked Trump to explain just how “Celebrity Apprentice” is No. 1. (Although the show is doing well for NBC, it’s not even the No. 1 show on Monday nights; that’s “Mike & Molly.”) Trump was center stage on a panel with this season’s remaining contestants: Geraldo Rivera, Kate Gosselin, Kenya Moore, Vivica A.

Trump credits himself and his show for Rivers’ late-career renaissance — which is nuts — but nonetheless spoke fondly of her and her work for him at a recent Winter TV Tour Q&A panel. Project Manager Leeza Gibbons had feuding Housewives Kenya Moore and Brandi Glanville partake in a fantasy foursome with Ian Ziering and Johnny Damon, which was enough to beat Lorenzo Lamas’ concept that had something to do with Geraldo walking around Washington Square Park looking vaguely like Mr. She is wondering why Shawn backed off from being the leader. (Shawn makes excuses about not knowing how to sell mobile and not being a fashion maven.) Vivica initially takes Shawn’s idea of replicating a Nordstrom department store, which is an obvious thought given that the shoes are sold in Nordstrom. And we’re doing a show in memoriam, essentially. “Leaving Joan in, I think it’s very inspirational because it shows — she was 83 years old, almost 84 years old — how smart, how sharp, how incredible she was.” “Joan and I worked together in the daytime talk show business for six years, and our studios were side-by-side,” he said. “And I got to know her then, and it was wonderful to be reunited with her.” Added player Kenya Moore: “She was quite amazing, actually.

Kenya has the same general idea of a Nordstrom-style atmosphere to sell Ivanka’s shoes but came up with the catchy phrase “Power Up Your Sole.” She has more ideas including a baby grand, fresh flowers and a chandelier, plus a foot masseuse and “green shots,” whatever that is. Considering that she’s up in age and she was able to win, I just think it was a great inspiration to have her there on set.” “She was 76 years old,” he said. “She had more strength, more brain power. They were exhausted and Joan was killing it.” Contestants in Celebrity Apprentice season 7 include Vivica Fox, Kate Gosselin, Gilbert Gottfried, Leeza Gibbons, Brandi Gianville, Lorenzo Lamas, Kevin Jonas, Ian Ziering, Terrell Owens, Sig Hansen, Shawn Johnson, Kenya Moore, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Jamie Anderson and Geraldo Rivera. “I am considering it very strongly. We don’t need another Bush in power,” said Trump, making a dig at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush who is making a run for the Republican nomination.

Although Ivanka agrees with Leeza Gibbons and believes the imaging of the chandelier and piano was too old for the millennial target audience Ivanka was seeking, she feels Kenya’s team was flat out more creative than Vivica’s team – especially the slogan. Ivanka says Shawn should have been project manager because she is part of target audience and her initial ideas were better aligned to the branding than what ultimately happened. It’s bittersweet to see her one more time on TV. (This was taped several months before her death.) A former winner, she likes people like herself so she is impressed with the intensity of both Geraldo and Vivica.

And since NBC is rushing this series to completion by doubling up episodes (instead of stretching out single tasks to two hours like they have in the past), we quickly move on to task No. 7. They truly don’t like each other so this didn’t take much acting but could create “buzz.” Kenya really really doesn’t like Brandi: “She doesn’t know how to behave.” But she is cool doing a “dream” sequence that then includes them pretending to canoodle in bed. “I’m a professional so I’ll do what it’s asked of me,” Kenya tells Trump in the boardroom. “I found it difficult with Brandi.

She always takes unnecessary shots at me.” Then Kenya takes an unnecessary shot at Brandi by saying she would NEVER bring up how Brandi’s husband dumped Brandi for a “younger, pretty woman” in LeAnn Rimes.

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