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Joan Rivers Makes Posthumous Celebrity Apprentice Appearance

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Monday night’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ featured Joan Rivers in one of her last TV appearances. Joan, 81, died on September 4 2014 of brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen after she stopped breathing during an endoscopy in New York City days earlier.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. Joan, a former winner of the show, got a huge round of applause from the remaining contestants as she was introduced to the remaining celebrity contestants vying for the $250,000 charitable prize.

Known for her quick wit and sharp tongue, Rivers spent most of the episode’s first hour – during which she served as a guest in Donald Trump’s famed boardroom – on the sidelines as the teams scrabbled to pull together a mobile shoe boutique. 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.

It must have been Joan Rivers’ ghost that turned up during Monday night’s Celebrity Apprentice, because this posthumous appearance saw Rivers appear as she rarely appeared on television—subdued, restrained, and gently smiling. Monday’s episode marks the first of multiple appearances, with another set for February, that Rivers filmed for the show before her sudden death in September at the age of 81. Besides being a clothing entrepreneur – though he’s also Chippendales-approved and ready for any tasks that require shirtlessness – Ziering has one major edge one his opponents: Have they ever faced off against a throng of sharks? Trump’s daughter Ivanka, whose shoe collection formed the centerpiece of this week’s project, previously told PEOPLE that Rivers was “very warm and very maternal and very protective of all of the contestants.” Indeed, Rivers praised the “energy, force and decisiveness” of competitors Vivica A.

Fox and Geraldo Rivera, particularly affirming Fox’s “great leadership” – even as the second-time project manager was forced to bring two teammates into the boardroom. 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.

Joan Rivers puts on a great show!” Joan’s daughter, producer, and Celebrity Apprentice costar Melissa Rivers tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump @IvankaTrump @DonaldJTrumpJr Thank you for all of your kindness and support. Even spookier: You could watch Rivers at 8 p.m. on NBC, then at 9 p.m. turn over to Fashion Police on E! for the second episode of the bitching-heavy show now under the aegis of Kathy Griffin. This Celebrity Apprentice episode was recorded before Rivers’ death in July, and a whoop of delight echoed through the room when she appeared at Donald Trump’s side to help judge a competition to design a marketing campaign for his daughter Ivanka’s shoe range from Nordstrom. I was able to locate an event planner who was instrumental in getting me a huge video screen to display all the shoes I photographed as well as set up a link to the embedded screen that was visible on the outside of the truck.

This was nakedly, breathtakingly opportunistic on the family Trump’s part—to use NBC, and the show he hosts to maximize the profits of his daughter’s fashion line. Why bother paying for advertising when the TV show you host is prepared to accommodate your promotional demands within the thinly veiled confines of a “competition.” At least the winning team captains win money for charities of their choice, which Trump occasionally matches. And true, the multimillionaire, and the strange marmalade-colored furze that looks like it may take off from the top of his head at any moment, gave Rivers her due. Our presentation was more inline with Ivanka’s notion of what was needed to target the millennial generation – a fun, upscale, immersive experience with high-tech touch points. The nice lady from Nordstrom then told us about their very important relationship with Ivanka, and to tell us they had partnered with her to target modern people or something, and THE MARKETING CAMPAIGNS should reflect this.

The comedian visited the two teams, as they toiled to create free advertising for Her Highness Trump, in two tiny, ugly motor homes, which they desperately tried to glam up. Where my crazy cockamamie idea for a King Kong on the Empire State Building came from, I don’t know, but I’m glad it was bested by the hot dog vendor concept. For the flamboyant fashion queen Rivers was, and the brilliant chief of Fashion Police she was, that—however unintentional—was a lovely, utterly suitable closing image; as was the caption that flashed up next, illustrated by a photograph of Rivers at her most vivacious: “In Memory of Our Friend Joan Rivers 1933—2014.”

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