'Celebrity Apprentice': Omarosa Goes Lower Than Low
Oh my, my. Clearly thinking there's not been enough animosity already this season, Trump started out by realigning both teams (though the poor women needed it, given that they've lost 5 out of 6) into mixed-gender combinations. Which of course meant putting Omarosa and Piers on the same team, the better to let the fur fly.
Forget the task (involving horse-carriage rides in Central Park). This whole episode was about just how nasty the two of them can get. And let us say, without question, Omarosa won.
Piers, who liked to call her "trash" a lot, opened the show with a description of his nemesis as "such a pointless, irrelevant, ghastly creature." As project manager, he fired her in the beginning of the task, standing on the (ridiculous) soapbox of how she didn't spell his first name right. Get over it. He browbeat and ridiculed and dismissed. Mostly dismissed.
But then potty-mouthed Omarosa started going crazy. It would be lovely to have a poll here on the nastiest thing she said in this episode, but, really, how can you when every third word out of her mouth had to be bleeped?? Take it from Lennox Lewis, who, along with Carol Alt, was one of the other poor souls on the Piers-Omarosa WWE team: "It seemed to cross the line. It seemed very ghetto and very mean."
What did lovely Omarosa do? Ah, well, she decided to repeatedly invoke Piers's three (not-grown) sons and go on and on about how terrible a father he must be and, well, we'd tell you more -- but it got bleeped! Yeah. Omarosa's tack was to vilify Piers as the kind of father whose children must be just horribly handicapped by being raised by him -- kids, mind you, who are probably gonna watch this thing on TV, given that "Daddy's on it!" She did so with such venom and nastiness and vulgarity it was really just unforgivable.
So even though Piers can truly be an obnoxious jerk and seems capable of alienating pretty much anyone (although, let's admit it, he DOES get results as PM; not the same for Omarosa), it was hard to not see Omarosa as just evil-evil. Oh, and in addition to evil, she was totally clueless in the boardroom when she first (a.) lied about attacking the kids and (b.) smirked and smirked as if she'd hit upon some kind of brilliant strategy for finally rattling her nemesis.
Quiick rant: Here's hoping she never has kids, because the woman's ability to be vile in a way that directly attacks children really took her to an all-time low. There's a reason she's the only "celebrity" on "Apprentice" who isn't actually a true celebrity: because she did mean so well the first time she was on. She was brilliant at mean. But this wasn't mean in the category of TV-deliciousness. This was M.E.A.N. Contemptible-mean.
On to the results: To pretty much everyone's horror (including, they claimed, Trump, Ivanka and George), the happy-happy newly contrived team of Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Marilu Henner and Tito Ortiz actually LOST in the end, despite the fact that they all worked hard and liked each other and busted out the best in their BlackBerries (paging Billy Baldwin, stat!). But even while their competition dealt with total-hatred havoc (and only had three members raising money, since Omarosa is at a distinct disadvantage in tasks like these, given that she's the most famous person in her own PDA), they came out ahead.
So Trump was stuck with four nicey-nice people he likes (even if Baldwin punked out somewhat last week) who worked together and refused to step on each others' toes -- let alone throw someone, anyone, under the bus -- when they got unexpectedly left in the boardroom. So Trump said, he really, really, REALLY wanted to fire Omarosa or Piers (which we believe not a whit. Hello, isn't he desperate for ratings?) and decided not to fire anybody.
Yup, that's right. The Donald went soft.
-- JENNIFER FREY
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