Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Style Wars

Celebrity Apprentice Joan Rivers

Ivanka Trump’s shoes were made for walking — and that’s exactly what two more celebs did after being fired in Monday’s Celebrity Apprentice.

The first hour required Teams Vortex and Infinity — once again mixed-and-matched per Donald Trump’s request — to create an interactive marketing event to promote Ivanka Trump’s shoe line. With the Donald’s daughter, an executive from Nordstrom and the late Joan Rivers serving as judges, the pressure was on like never before. So, who rose to the challenge?

Kenya Moore’s team went with a café theme to show off its shoes, while Vivica A. Fox’s team opted to display its inventory in an outdoor recreation of a Nordstrom store. Team Moore got the win for going “above and beyond” creatively, and when it came time to re-enter the boardroom, project manager Fox brought Kate Gosselin and Shawn Johnson along for the hellish ride.

Rather than send home Fox — as many believe the project manager is responsible for the team’s success — Johnson was thrown under the bus and, ultimately, let go. (Does anyone think it’s ironic that, in her exit interview, Johnson attributed her loss to being “only 22,” when just a few weeks ago the celebs were saying that age isn’t a factor in the competition?)

First Celebrity Fired: Shawn Johnson

The second hour required Teams Vortex and Infinity to create viral videos for Chock Full o’Nuts coffee, and create they did — with very different results.Vortex played it safe, casting Geraldo Rivera as a tuxedoed song-and-dance man over two different time periods. Infinity, meanwhile, thought a bit outside of the box, staging a catfight-turned-bedding between Moore and Brandi Glanville.

Unsurprisingly, the Nuts people preferred Leeza Gibbons’ team’s edgier approach, forcing Lorenzo Lamas‘ team back into the boardroom for another bloody battle — with most of the blood splashed across Fox and Gosselin. But rather than throw either of those ladies under the bus, Lamas decided to use himself as a human shield, resulting in his untimely firing.

Second Celebrity Fired: Lorenzo Lamas

Did Johnson and Lamas deserve to be fired this week? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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17 Comments
  1. Alana says:

    sad Shawn was fired. that loss was on vivica. I think what Lorenzo did was really noble and admirable though.

  2. diane says:

    Shawn didn’t look well. She looked washed out and tired. I don’t think she felt well. Poor Lorenzo, but he didn’t really have a argument to make.

  3. Nana3 says:

    I was shocked at the end to hear that there are 3 weeks left or 6 episodes left leaving the finale on Feb 9th. Instead of 3 months of shows we get a little over a month. Oh well. It was bittersweet to see Joan in the first hour. She seemed very quiet. They edited that way. It was great to see her anyway and she will be back the first Monday in Feb for another episode. I did like Lorenzo’s coffee commercial better than Leeza’s. Looks like a predictable winner in either Leeza or Geraldo.

  4. A.J. says:

    Actually it was Vivica’s team that went with the cafe theme and Kenya’s team opted for the shoe display in an outdoor recreation of a Nordstram store. The article had it backwards.

  5. JBC says:

    Lorenzo did an admirable thing, sorry he is out, but I liked his video better than Leeza’s. It made more sense showcasing the product and that it stood the test of time..! I guess everything has to be sex oriented nowadays.

  6. Tran says:

    I was shocked to see the late Joan Rivers making an appearance days before her passing. RIP Joan Rivers :-(

    • Nana3 says:

      This was taped in March of 2014 and she passed in September. So it wasn’t days away it was months away. After she passed then they edited to show how subdue she was. She usually talks alot and in the boardroom and the visits to the teams she was pretty much quiet. I know they edited certain parts out. I just wish they kept them in because Joan is funny but also very much loved by everyone.

  7. L says:

    Lorenzo’s video was much better than the other one, which was just embarrassingly bad.

    • MC says:

      It was one of the more bizarre corporate decisions I’ve seen in the history of Celebrity Apprentice.

      • Not really. At the beginning they said the videos were being rated on 3 criteria: ability to go viral, product branding and overall entertainment value.
        Lorenzo’s video had the branding but Leeza’s video meet the 2 other criteria better.

  8. I don’t think Lorenzo’s team should have lost. Leeza’s team’s video was really, really bad. The only reason I can imagine that they won is that the executives thought it was more likely to go viral. It probably would faster than Lorenzo’s. But, if it had been my product they were trying to sell, I would be embarrassed to put that out there.

  9. Jake says:

    I’m guessing Geraldo wins the whole thing since him and Trump are buddies from FOX News…I actually think it’s why NBC has held this show so long. They wanted to put distance between Trump bloviating on that channel about Obama to him basically making the one of their news anchors reach the finale…I think Geraldo has been full of ideas, but he is a bit of a bully, hellbent on getting his way and rather wacky…but most of his idea have been a bust including in these two episodes with the “I AM” campaign for Ivanka and that cheesy dated jingle for the coffee.

  10. Theresa says:

    Now that Lorenzo Lamas is gone I think I’m done with the show. It’s obvious that Geraldo will win. It will be Geraldo and Leeza in final two (or possibly Vivica).

  11. Very unhappy says:

    Lorenzo Lamas’ team should not have lost ! Liza’s team was gross offensive and had little if any Chock O Nut in video It was a terrible decision to allow the Co-executive to make. Trump should have over ridden decision. Lorenzo lamas is quite s person. Smart reasonable and hxnddine. One remaining reason came back to watching Apprentice. The other celebrities are silly and not worth watching. Lorenzo Lamas is a genuine A List celebrity who is truly talented. Too bad Trump did that.

  12. Very unhappy says:

    Lorenzo Lamas’ team should not have lost ! Liza’s team was gross offensive and had little if any Chock O Nut in video It was a terrible decision to allow the Co-executive to make. Trump should have over ridden decision. Lorenzo lamas is quite a person. Smart reasonable and handsome. Lorenzo was only remaining reason I came back to watching Apprentice. The other celebrities are silly and not worth watching. Lorenzo Lamas is a genuine A List celebrity who is truly talented. Too bad Trump did that.

  13. Ted Sutton says:

    You call that a re-cap? Andy Swift, you’re fired!