'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Adam Corolla & Michael Andretti Fired In Shocking Double Elimination

Mon, March 12, 2012 12:49am EDT by 63 Comments

The ladies were at each other’s throats, but that didn’t stop Adam Carolla & Michael Andretti from getting fired in an oh-so dramatic fashion.

On the March 11 episode of Celebrity Apprentice, the contestants dived right into this week’s task: creating a “thoughtful” ten-minute presentation and Q&A session to introduce the Buick Verano to a live audience and online viewers. When comedian Adam Carolla and pop icon Debbie Gibson volunteered to be project managers for their teams, Donald Trump made it clear he was disappointed IndyCar legend Michael Andretti didn’t step up to the plate. Right away, you knew Michael’s decision was going to come back to bite him.

Debbie and Team Forte decided to “reflect” different features of the car with different members of the team. Let’s just say some members did better than others (ahem, Aubrey O’Day, who kept calling the Verano the Verona). Frankly, I found their presentation a little weak. I liked the concept, but I wasn’t blown away by the execution. They also crashed and burned (theres a driving pun for you) during their Q&A session, seeing as how they literally knew nothing about the car they were presenting.

Meanwhile, Adam took the reins and came up with Team Unanimous’s concept. After Michael introduced the car, team members posing as “hecklers” got Adam to present the different features of the car. Despite concern from the rest of his team members that the presentation was going to be “funny” and not “witty,” Adam stuck to his guns. I, for one, believe his risk really paid off. Overall, I thought Unanimous’s presentation went a lot smoother than Forte’s and I believe the men got their message across much better. They were also a lot better at fielding the audience’s questions.

In the boardroom, it was clear which team got along better. It wasn’t five minutes before the ladies’ claws came out. Tia Carrere and Teresa Giudice accused Debbie of not delegating well. Debbie, meanwhile, pointed the finger right back at them, accusing them both of not bringing enough to the table. I kind of have to agree with Debbie. Aside from cracking a lame joke during the presentation, Teresa spent most of the episode looking sad and confused. Come on, Teresa — you’re the housewife known for flipping a freakin’ table! You’ve got to step it up! While all this was going on, the men were busy patting themselves on the back.

But just when we thought the ladies were toast, The Donald pulled a fast one and crowned them the winners. Honestly, I think the ladies were more surprised with their win than I was — and I really thought they blew it! When Adam took a bullet by refusing to bring two people back into the boardroom with him, The Donald was none too pleased and announced two people were getting fired. In the end, Adam and Michael were given the heave-ho, Adam for choosing the losing idea and Michael for not volunteering to be project manager in the first place.

Who do YOU think deserved to win the task, HollywoodLifers? And do YOU agree with The Donald’s decision to fire two contestants?

– Josh Rosenblatt

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Frank

Posted at 2:12 PM on March 26, 2012  

Donald and his repugnant progeny are an antidote to all that is good in humanity. This show displays exactly what is valued in today’s society; pure unadulterated filth. Or perhaps “the filth” as it likes to be called.

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Injustice

Posted at 10:39 PM on March 17, 2012  

Buick (GM) tried to ambush a legend and competitor auto manufacturer. Andretti has a partnership with Honda (IndyCar). How would Buick feel if the situation was reversed. The Brand exposure was great regardless,endorsed by Michael but, shame on Leo Burnett and Buick. Contractual obligations forced Michael to wear the Buick clothing as you could see he was uncomfortable wearing it.

Michael your integrity remains in tact. Unfortunately, the general public will not know why you did what you did. Hopefully, this comment clears the air.

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cindy

Posted at 9:44 PM on March 17, 2012  

shame on donald trump and his kids”there was nothing else you could do”are you kidding me even his kids can’t disaggree with donald. and a big dissappointment in buick, that was disgusting, never will buy another buick,shows me that people mean nothing, only what they want and how they want to advertise. people buy cars not advertisments and with this show buick i’m sorry to say showed their true colors as well as the trumps.

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Lee Douglas

Posted at 8:16 PM on March 17, 2012  

Interestingky the Andretti family (Mario and Michael) owned a TOYOTA dealership outside Pittsburg for a long time. Being Buick is a GM product there is a huge conflict of interest. Also, I believe myself, the Donald, was unhappy having Michael Andretti instead of his outspoken son(Marco) or father(Mario).

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Paul

Posted at 8:38 PM on March 15, 2012  

Andretti said up on stage that the car was fantastic. What more does Trump want? A song and dance? Michael Andretti races cars… he doesn’t endorse them. He’s not a mechanic, nor is he a salesman. His forte is open-wheel (race) cars. It doesn’t make sense that they were hinging so much on his endorsement. I agree with everyone here and think it’s perfectly reasonable that Trump promised Buick the Andretti endorsement. Just sad, pathetic and ridiculous. Trump seemed mad in the board room; he clearly wasn’t listening to anyone that was on MA’s side.

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Jim

Posted at 9:20 PM on March 15, 2012  

I agree with everything you said, Paul. Consider this: maybe the Buick guys actually chose the men’s team as the winners, but Trump was so pissed off about not getting his way that he decided to teach everyone a lesson.
Michael Andretti was filling in on the show for Marco, maybe Trump could’ve suckered Marco into an endorsement; glad he wasn’t able to use Michael.

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roger

Posted at 11:34 PM on March 14, 2012  

i was really enjoying watching this year after not watching for many years but this show will make me never watch again or ever buy a buick shame on you

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Jan

Posted at 2:31 PM on March 14, 2012  

I’m on board with everyone else that feels that Buick and Trump had some agreements that Andretti was going to be the pm. I watched the first season of Apprentice years ago. Adam brought me back this season, and now no longer watching again. With all the scheming and firing of Andretti too, it’s ridiculous. Trump is an arrogant turd. I mean, come on, look at that face. Even when he is wrong he doesn’t admit it, he thinks this shows weakness. Adam is not going to kiss anyone’s butt. Especially Trump’s!

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odeyssey

Posted at 11:41 AM on March 14, 2012  

I think that Donald was going to get paid by Buick, if he could get Andretti to endorse there car. When Andretti did not accept the job as project manager, Donald got pissed because he would not get the $$$$. Just my opinion but anyway with what happened on Sunday night and then seeing his kids killing elephants and posing with there dead body parts, I have enough of anything to do with Donald Trump & Family

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Dee Dee

Posted at 9:29 AM on March 14, 2012  

WORST CELEBRITY APPRENTICE EVER!!! The men’s presentation was absolutely on the mark. There was no guessing what they were selling. Adam did a fantastic job talking about the car and the brand, though I personally would NEVER buy a Buick (made after 1970), especially after this episode.

The men’s team lost because Michael refuse to stamp his brand on a Buick Verano (so close to a Murano). The women knew nothing! The only thing they knew for sure, the car had 10 air bags!!!

Donald is a complete idiot and and his brood completely missed what Michael was saying, he is not a marketing guy!

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Mikko Makitalo

Posted at 8:05 AM on March 14, 2012  

Yes, please go and listen from Adam’s podcast yesterday, how the things went: It seems, that Trump had planned Andretti to be project manager (propably because of his links to Buick), but when it did not happen, he announced men’s team as losers. So they had to edit the show in that way, that there would be some reason for them to be losers. So they 1) made Adam look like he would be selfish and doing mainly the presentation all by himself (although the producer of the program had asked him to do that so, in certain way. Adam also said this in the board room, but it was edited off) 2) look like he was just joking amd making ape humour, although that was not the case and 3) when he was applauded, they instead edited the movie in that way, that he would receive unhappy faces. Penn Jillette said, that in the real business world Adam’s presentation was that good that it was worth 100 000 dollars. He studied the technical data of the car and was so spot on in the Q and A part, that Buick people said that they felt he knew the car better than them.(Whereas nobody from the womwn’s team had even thought, that they ought to acquire information about the car or at least sources in paper, and they could not answer eally to any of the the specific technical questions of the car). So with editing the disgracefully build an image of the happenings that was not true. How come this be “reality show” if they are twisting the reality and also want people to act according to Trump’s expectations who is project manager? How can they treat these marvelous people and performers like Adam and And legendary driver Andretti in this way? Honestly, I really do not know if I can watch the show anymore, when they are acting like this.

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Malmin

Posted at 6:39 PM on March 14, 2012  

Totally agree; earlier Trumps decisions have usually been more or less right but this boardroom was just a joke. I feel disgusted about the firing of the stand up guys Carolla and Andretti. Trump had probably promised the Buick guys that Andretti would stand on the stage alone and praise the car and when he did exactly the thing that he was best suited for in this task – that is backed up Carolla – Trump felt insulted and it become personal for him.So especially Andretti had to go (the Trumps should maybe also understand that there is some difference between a family car and a race car). I really can not understand that the Trumps did not get what the whole mens team told them over and over again.And what does it say about the Buick dudes if they really that womens team made a much better job; hello seriously !By the way of course Lou should have been fired or actually not because of course the womens team should have lost.

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One Citizen Speaking

Posted at 9:20 PM on March 13, 2012  

It now appears that Adam Carolla was coached (?) by someone on the production staff to use the “Steve Jobs” approach. And that the edits were specifically done to support a non-existent story. Even the reaction shots were apparently faked because they were taken from other scenes.

Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice appears to be totally dishonest in this matter and this should raise the suspicion that the outcome is rigged for ratings.

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Kevin M.

Posted at 4:11 PM on March 13, 2012  

I quit watching Celebrity Apprentice years ago. I thought I would give it another chance. Boy, was that a huge mistake. Trump and his Trumplets are the most horrible people ever. The firing of Corolla and Andretti was the nail in the coffin. I don’t really care for NBC and the fact that they allow this moron a show is idiotic, and shame on Buick for trying to get free a free celebrity endorsement on a car in which the winning team couldn’t name correctly. Get a clue and dump this useless show.

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malakas9

Posted at 2:46 PM on March 13, 2012  

Never watching The Apprentice again. I thought the Donald had a shred of credibility; I was wrong. Carolla and Andretti should not have been fired. The women’s team presentation was horrible. This was a set up since Andretti didn’t endorse Buick. Shame on NBC and Donny.

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Mikko Makitalo

Posted at 12:35 PM on March 13, 2012  

Really great and intelligent comments here, not much to add. What I am surprised is, that the show has boasted about getting to people the real picture of what it is alike in tough business world: credibility is needed, you cannot make major mistakes (like not remembering product’s name etc). Men’s team had by far my credibility and better performance, yet they pronounced losers (simply because of Trump’s personal interests). This was overall very bad for Buick: before the decisions, the viewers had the understanding that the car show host Adam and especially driver legend Andretti had nothing but good to say about Buick (although his sponsor relationship to Honda), but now brand “Andretti” is not related to Buick at all, and if so, in very negative way (also because they wanted him to be somebody else than he is). Quite disgusting. The good thing is, that we got to see, how great men Adam and Michael are.

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Kathy

Posted at 1:34 PM on March 13, 2012  

Me and my husband agree! MEN were far better! Makes me wonder what is taking place. ?? Something wrong with the picture!

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ju

Posted at 12:08 PM on March 13, 2012  

debbie gibson and aubrey never heard of her need to go they are both mouthy controll fraks donald fired corolla and andretti just because of andrettis name that is so stupid i wont watch this show again especially because i cant stand the trumps and that ivanka oh my god what a peice of work she is

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mm

Posted at 11:31 AM on March 13, 2012  

The bad news: Adam Carolla is gone from CA. The good news: I don’t have to watch it anymore. It was a cheap shot having Andretti on for that one task. Things didn’t go Trumps way and he pouted.
What are the producers going to do for commentary?
Adam was their only cut away for every episode. Suck it, Trump!

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marisa

Posted at 8:12 AM on March 13, 2012  

andretti may not be allowed to endorse another type of car. im not sure what he drives *and i live in nazareth, where they are from i should know this! :)* but i know for nascar, if you drive for coca cola and you are caught drinking a pepsi you lose your sponser. so it was probly a corporate thing for andretti, and a smart move nonetheless. i like andretti and corolla and i really hope aubrey gets canned soon, who the hell is she anyway?

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Stacie

Posted at 6:50 AM on March 13, 2012  

I have followed Celebrity Apprentice the whole time…but no more!! Horrible move Trump and Buick!!! Clearly the Men’s Team was by far the winners. I would have bought a Buick off their knowledge and presentation. They had class and respectability! The Ladies Team did not have a clear presentation or knowledge of the product…they did not even get the name of the product right! I agree Trump and Buick had a shady agenda from the start!!

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malmin

Posted at 6:54 PM on March 14, 2012  

Earlier a mistake like saying a products name wrong would have meant firing right away. But now it was just overlooked like “bad mistake but shait happens”. I lost all my respect for the Tramps; they should get out of bussiness and continue on cutting animals heads of. Mario for president !

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Becki

Posted at 11:19 PM on March 12, 2012  

I’m stunned that Team Forte won. They did not execute the task well, IMO, and Debbie should have been fired as a result. When your team is unclear as to what the theme / concept was, there is a problem.

with all the talk we hear these days about bullying, I think it outrageous that NBC would air an episode with Donald Trump working so hard to intimidate Adam. It was abundantly clear he was gunning for Michael. I think that even if Adam had brought 2 people back, and neither was Michael, Trump would have found a way to fire Andretti anyway.

Kudos to Adam Corolla for being a man of his word, and not bringing anyone back to the boardroom – exactly what he said before he knew the results. We hardly see examples of integrity anymore. Double Kudos on the use of the word “tumescent”. Had me on the floor.

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Jim R.

Posted at 11:13 PM on March 12, 2012  

Penn’s show “Bull____” could use last night’s show as a topic.

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Steve

Posted at 10:27 PM on March 12, 2012  

Those guys from Buick our total schmucks, they wanted the Andretti name but didn’t get it and that’s why the guys lost; very childish and immature! Donald should have sticked to the rules there was no reason to fire Andretti; he’s just keeping the people in he wants to like the hulk – that little bit of respect I had for him is totally gone now (and that includes his doppelganger children)!

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Kiran

Posted at 10:01 PM on March 12, 2012  

Not rigged. Women had a more balanced approach.

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Reynolds

Posted at 7:47 PM on March 19, 2012  

Ha! Good one, as I hope you are joking. I am never watching this fake show again. Celebrity Apprentice is fixed.

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John

Posted at 8:34 PM on March 12, 2012  

I agree with everything the posts below said. The guys certainly won without a shodow of a doubt. The girls even said the name of the car wrong, twice! I had only started watching this season but I will not be watching any more. It was a farce, Buick has certainly lost a lot of credibility in my book too for pulling that crap. I watched the show because unlike many of the so called “reality” shows on now, this was one that seemed to be fairly fair and was believable. Not any more! I also had a certain amount of respect for Donald too but when you’re playing with people’s chance to raise money for their individual charities for the sake of wanting to conform to exec’s then you’re as fake as they are and the decision you made last night! Shame on you all!

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ckdg

Posted at 6:38 PM on March 12, 2012  

The real loser in last night’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ way Buick. It was laughably obvious that Buick was essentially promised a coersed endorsement from Andretti. When that didn’t happen, it was more laughable to watch Trump and the Leo Burnett executives go into a tizzy that their plan went sour. They essentially wanted to pimp out Andretti to sell the Buick brand, but Andretti was smarter than that. THe men’s team was clearly the winner, Andretti and Corolla were fired out of spite. They ones who should really be fired are Buick’s ad team for a marketing ploy that backfired in their face.

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carolyn

Posted at 6:34 PM on March 12, 2012  

Talk about a fixed show Trump may have money but he doesn’t rule the world..Good for you Michael holding to your values and you also Adam. The women DID NOT win!!!!b I have watched the show for quite a while but I’m done I don’t like fixed shows

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malmi

Posted at 6:58 PM on March 14, 2012  

Dont buy the fakin Veronica ! (or whatever it is called)

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