Celebrity Apprentice: the Final Five was whittled down to four, when Teresa Giudice project managed her team’s assignment to a loss. But the Donald was not finished yet; he brought in last season’s Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich, and runner up Marlee Matlin, to interview Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli. Based on John and Marlee’s recommendations, he fired Lisa. This week, we’ll find out the second person chopped, and have one last challenge. Next week, the winner will be chosen. Ready?
Arsenio, Aubrey and Clay wait nervously for Trump’s decision. He begins by saying that there are no losers in the room, but there is at least one, isn’t there? Because one of the three will be leaving. Each gives good reason to be kept on, but it’s Aubrey’s turn to leave, despite Trumps assertion of her “great beauty and great intelligence.”
She takes the firing graciously, blows a two handed, Marilyn Monroe-ish, goodbye kiss to Amanda the receptionist, but interviews, “There’s nothing see-through about me. I’m somebody that stands in your face and is so bright and shines so big that you’re either intimidated, you’re annoyed, or you’re in love.”
In the Board Room, Clay’s having a little déjà vu, finding himself once again a finalist against a tall black man. Arsenio’s thrilled to have the opportunity to win more money for his charity. Trump will see them tomorrow when he assigns the final task.
As they leave, Arsenio says “I’m getting in your ass.” Clay laughs and says, “You might want to rephrase that.” Arsenio is flustered when he realizes he was misunderstood. Clay just gives him a hug.
In the Winner’s room, Clay says that this time, he’s not going to lose. He’s been known as the American Idol runner up for years. He’ll work even harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Arsenio’s just as determined to win the money for the Magic Johnson foundation.
At the Lincoln Centre, Trump and the Trumpettes (Don Jr. and Ivanka) meet with Clay and Arsenio to outline their biggest task of the challenge. They will have to produce, host, and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event. They’ll be responsible for all aspects of the show, including selling tickets, creating a thirty second charity awareness ad, and producing a variety show to entertain their guests. They themselves will be the entertainment at their show. So they’ll need a little help getting organized.
Time to bring back the also-rans! The Final Two will have help from some of the celebrities who’ve been eliminated over the season. Welcome back, Debbie Gibson, Aubrey, Lisa, Teresa, Penn Jillette, Dee Snider, Adam Carolla, and Paul Teutel Sr. In a very awkward schoolyard pick, Arsenio grabs Adam, Lisa, Paul and Teresa for his team, while Clay chooses Penn, Debbie and Dee. Since no one wants Aubrey, she sheepishly joins Clay’s group. Oh, someone will pay for this humiliation, I’m sure!
While the winning team will get $250,000.00 for their charity, any money they earn from their show will go to the Project Manager’s charity, so both teams are ready to give it their all.
Team Clay convene, and Clay begins by telling them about his charity, the National Inclusion Project, which he began after appearing on American Idol. It allows special needs kids to be involved in events they might normally not get a chance to experience.
Clay assigns Aubrey to planning and decorating; Penn and Dee will handle the creative for the ad; Debbie will work on the music for the variety show. Penn proffers “let’s all play” as a slogan. Aubrey thinks that a carnival motif would work, and Clay says they could also have inclusive games, reflecting his charities concerns. Aubrey’s prepared to take on any and all jobs.