Celebrity Apprentice Recap

Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Hot Sauce, Hotter Tempers — Who Got Fired?

Monday’s New Celebrity Apprentice tasked the men’s and women’s teams with developing ad campaigns for Welch’s — and (surprise!) there were plenty of sour grapes to go around.

Conflict began right away for Team Prima, as several of the women feared that project manager Laila Ali wasn’t allowing for enough “fun,” a concern that was confirmed when celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito told the ladies, straight up, that their presentation needed to be more entertaining. (Ali’s refusal to value her teammate’s frustrations didn’t help the situation.)

There was considerably less dissension among the ranks of Team Arete, which executed a solid production, complete with fun (via Carson Kressley), music (via Boy George) and organization (via project manager Chael Sonnen)… or so they thought. It turns out the Welch’s executives weren’t huge fans of the guys’ all-over-the-place product, resulting in Team Arete’s first loss of the season.

That’s when things got tense, as every member of Team Arete seemed to have a different idea of who should be fired — and no one was shy about their decision. Sonnen chose to bring Eric Dickerson and Ricky Williams back into the boardroom, at which point Dickerson became Arnold Schwarzenegger’s third termination.

Williams agreed to put Sonnen’s shady boardroom behavior behind him, but it wasn’t long before the guys were at each other’s throats while filming a series of (hopefully) viral videos for King’s Hawaiian. Jon Lovitz clashed with Vince Neil over which line to cut from the script, Boy George threw his first diva fit about people wasting his time, and Kressley was so badly bruised after the mock football game that he needed to seek medical attention.

Tensions were also running high during Prima’s shoots: Lisa Leslie accused her teammates of plotting to throw her under the bus… which they did; project manager Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi dubbed most of the footage a “s–t show”; and Porsha Williams was literally dragging fellow Bravo-lebrity Kyle Richards across the floor by her legs at one point. (OK, that last one might have been in the script, but it was still pretty dramatic.)

Unsurprisingly, the win went to Arete, forcing Snooki’s team to take a long, hard look at itself. And just as Leslie prophesied earlier in the episode, her teammates — led by Ali — pointed their collective finger at her. Snooki called Williams and Leslie back to the boardroom, and after a heated back-and-forth between them, a sobbing Snooki volunteered to take herself out of the game.

Were the right celebrities fired in Week 2? Drop a comment with your thoughts on Dickerson and Snooki’s termination below.

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15 Comments
  1. As long as Trump has any thing to do with this show, I refuse to watch it. Hope he ratings stink!

    • Marcie says:

      But doesn’t he just think it’s failing because it no longer stars HIM? Anyway, I thought I heard he wasn’t really executive producing it.

      • Mary says:

        Well we all know he thinks everything is about him, but the ratings weren’t the best during his last season. He has the title but not actually doing anything. Didn’t like the show before and sorry Arnold is not a reason to start.

      • AnnieM says:

        If his name is on it, he probably still collects a paycheck from it.

    • grazelled says:

      I’m rethinking this strategy. After his tweets about this show and Arnold’s ratings being lower than his, I think I’m going to watch just to stick it to him.

    • Jerri says:

      And yet you still post in threads that don’t even bring up Trump. And by the way, by not watching, you’re making Trump even happier.

  2. Josh says:

    Three women gone in a row. The show is doing a great job of making us forget Trump and his sexism!

  3. Tim says:

    So far this is a weak season, not enough dissension amongst the cast.

    • Sam says:

      Absolutely spot on! I think the ratings fall reflect on what is a very subpar cast. Hardly much going on and the show falls flat. I see NBC went back to the cutting floor to add some more conflict. The show isn’t as fun as it was last year and the cast usually carries a series. The last season was a hoot that even felt rushed because you just wanted to see more.

      Clearly not the guilty pleasure it was.

  4. MLD says:

    Trump has a financial interest in the show so don’t watch just to spite him. I wouldn’t be surprised if his Arnold bashing was just a sneaky way to get his non-supporters to watch the show.