The celebs go head-to-head for the first time, and Omarosa plays everyone like a fiddle.
Fourteen of Donald Trump‘s best and brightest stars, including season-nine winner Bret Michaels, returned for another round of boardroom drama on the March 3 premiere of The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. And even though both teams clashed — with each other and among themselves — there was one thing every contestant could agree on: Gary Busey is out of his damn mind.
Rather than Donald Trump pitting the men against the women — wait, you didn’t know he was sexist? — the Donald appointed Trace Adkins and Bret as team captains. But since he couldn’t go the episode without being at least a little bit misogynistic, the Donald forced his celebrities to sell balls. Meatballs, that is.
Omarosa may have been on Bret’s team, but she wasted no time declaring her intention to take him down. She even told Claudia Jordan she was Biblically inspired to get “vengeance” against the Poison front man — you know, because there’s nothing at all crazy about that.
Project manager Brande Roderick took some serious heat from her teammates in the boardroom, particularly LaToya Jackson, who said she was “unimpressed” by her weak leadership.
Ultimately, Brande’s team raised $230,533 and received an extra $20,000 from Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan — for some reason.
Team Plan B
Plan B’s inner turmoil came courtesy of Trace and guest-judge Piers Morgan. In fact, Trace was so sure Piers would try to “push his buttons” that he convinced Gary to give Piers a special tour of the kitchen — a not-so-subtle attempt to get Piers out of the way for a while.
Despite that tension, Plan B actually managed quite a bit of success: Penn Jillette, Lisa Rinna, Dee Snider and even Gary convinced their celebrity pals to donate a nice chunk of cheese.
In the boardroom, Stephen Baldwin was called out for basically raising zero dollars for Plan B, to which he responded by saying he’d only be willing to give it 100 percent if he was project manager.
Plan B’s total amounted to $419,539, ensuring no one in their crew would be going home — this week, at least.
Donald Trump Fires Bret Michaels
The minute Team Power exited the boardroom, a nasty fight broke out between Brande and Omarosa. The former Playboy model tried to blame Omarosa for telling her a different amount than they actually raised, but as project manager, everyone agreed Brande should have been more aware of what was going on.
Brande chose to bring Bret and LaToya back into the boardroom — based solely on the amounts they raised, according to Omarosa — and proposed LaToya be fired first. Ultimately it was up to the Donald, who proclaimed:
“Bret, you’re fired.”
HollywoodLifers, do you think Bret deserved to be fired? If not, who should have been the first to go? Drop a comment with your reaction to tonight’s premiere, as well as your predictions for the rest of the season!
— Andy Swift
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