'Celebrity Apprentice' Season Premiere: Cheryl Tiegs Gets Fired

Sun, February 19, 2012 11:43pm EST by 8 Comments
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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is back with a new group of celebs trying to stay away from The Donald’s two favorite words: ‘You’re fired!’

The show’s fifth season kicked off with a bang Feb. 19, when the initial contestants were introduced and the Donald Trump split them into two teams: Men vs. women!

The guys’ team was Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, Dee Snider, George Takei, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Andretti, Paul Teutul Sr, and Penn Jillette. They picked Paul as their project manager, and decided on “Unanimous” as their name — but Clay didn’t seem to keen on working with the “frat guys” on his team.

The girls’ group was Aubrey O’Day, Cheryl Tiegs, Dayana Mendoza, Debbie Gibson, Victoria Gotti, Teresa Giudice, Lisa Lampanelli, Patricia Velasquez, and Tia Carrere. Patricia was named project manager, and they named their team “Forte.” Claws are already totally apparent between all of the fierce females, which we saw when mob princess Victoria Gotti made fun of all of Debbie Gibson’s name ideas.

Donald gave them their first task — making celebrity sandwiches for their charities — and the team with the best sales would win.

The men started spitballing ideas for their food right away. With Paul as the project manager, they focused their sandwiches on him by calling them Choppers. Unsurprisingly, the girls had a harder time ironing out their plan, but Patricia eventually decided on a red carpet theme. Everyone seemed to be too scared to mess with Victoria Gotti, given her connections, but she’s not as shy with sharing her feelings. And Aubrey has little respect for anyone on her team, because she has the most Twitter followers. (Yeah, she’s going to be an interesting one to watch.)

Ivanka Trump visited the guys’ team and recognized their goal of raising $500,000 as “aggressive,” but they seemed confident. As the women called around and tried to fundraise, Victoria was fielding personal calls instead. She didn’t waste any time pissing people off!

Debbie set her sights on Teresa Guidice as a weak contender — but maybe that wasn’t not the best idea, considering the way that girl can flip a table… but we’ll see.

On the day of the first task, Victoria didn’t show up until way after everyone else got there, annoying her teammates even further. The men drew people in with gimmicks like juggling, fire eating, and a lot of screaming. Penn even convinced a group of dancers to come work for them and bring a $1,000 each! Thank goodness for Aubrey who, as she put it, has the “tendency to be heavily charming,” so the women pulled in a lot of customers right away. 

A mini crisis hit when Russell Simmons wanted a vegan sandwich for $10,000, but Cheryl and Victoria managed to pull something together. Donny visited the girls and seemed to like their organization for the most part, but his biggest concern was the amount of time it took them to make a grilled cheese sandwich. 

Meantime, the men weren’t selling their sandwiches for ten grand. Their goal of $500,000 seemed VERY far away.

Donald called the two teams and told them to bring their best sandwiches to The Rachel Ray Show. The sandwich Rachel Ray picked as her favorite would win the team a bonus. Lisa and Teresa brought the International, Adam and Arsenio brought the original Chopper. And Rachel picked… Well, we didn’t find that out until the Board Room!

Clay pointed out that no one on their team did any fundraising because Paul talked such a big game. (Not the smartest idea, guys! The women’s joint fundraising efforts got them a ton of cash!)

In the Board Room, Donald asked the women how the task went. Diana was named as the hardest working member, and Patricia had a tough time calling out the weakest team member — but she eventually settled on Cheryl and Victoria. Ms. Gotti did not appreciate that, but Patricia pointed out how late and distracted she was the entire time. 

On to the guys: Paul called Penn the MVT (most valuable teammate), and George and Arsenio the least valuable. George resented being called “meek” and had to defend himself to the Trumps.

Rachel’s sandwich pick was revealed to be the men’s, earning them a $35,000 bonus! Was it enough to make up for their total lack of fundraising? You bet!

The women raised $126,000, but the men’s total was $367,120! Gotta say, that was unexpected. Paul’s win sends all the money to the Make A Wish Foundation. Now for the big question: which woman was getting fired?

When asked who should be fired, Debbie picked Cheryl. Patricia then called Cheryl out when she claimed to have brought in $10,000 to 15,000. Aubrey wanted Victoria out, and all the mob references definitely got a little terrifying. Tia was reprimanded for offering herself up to be called back; She wanted Victoria gone too. Patricia decided to bring Cheryl and Victoria back with her to the Board Room.

And the first celebrity fired is…Cheryl Tiegs! She didn’t seem to mind anyway, saying it wasn’t really a good fit for her. So the original supermodel failed the food challenge…ironic? The Donald had only nice things to say about her after she left, so at least she left in positive light.

What did YOU think of the season opener, HollywoodLifers? Who do you hope will win it all?

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Posted at 2:01 PM on February 26, 2012  

Cheryl Tiegs is a lovely, lovely woman and completely seperate from those back-biting, witches brew women she had to attempt to work with on this project. I’m sure it’s a great relief for her to be away from that bunch. Congratulations Cheryl, you came away looking like a lady!

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Posted at 9:20 AM on February 20, 2012  

I thought it was “celebrity” apprentice? I knew who every single one of the men was. I only recognized about 3 of the women and the rest I had no clue who they were. Cheryl did not deserve to go home but she was an easy target in week 1.

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Posted at 2:03 PM on February 26, 2012  

I agree. They are celebrities in their own mind. Complete absence of respect for Cheryl after all her years of building companies and working on a team.

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Karl Hallesy

Posted at 2:04 AM on February 20, 2012  

I thought Cheryl Tiegs did an amazing job and should not have been fired. Lisa Lampenelly should have been fired and I am not sure why she was not. Cheryl would have helped the womens team more than Lisa ever will. God Bless Cheryl and she is one of the most elegant and beautiful 63 year olds you will ever see. Cheryl we loved you on the show and in life. Donald Trumps apprentice is a great show and Thank You to all who participate!

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