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Donald Trump is a bloated, self-important, self-aggrandizing half-wit bore. He just resigned from Trump Entertainment Resorts, now a staggering $1.7 billion (with a b) in debt, after the casinos that bear his name fell into bankruptcy for the third time in two decades. Why anyone would want to become his apprentice at this point is a mystery. Of course, nobody really does anymore. His show is a weekly two-hour Chicken of the Sea commercial. So why can’t we stop watching “Celebrity Apprentice,” which has gone from the chopping block to NBC’s top-rated Sunday-night show in just two seasons?

This year the reason to watch has not been Tom Green or Dice Clay, both fired early, but mercurial 75-year-old stand-up comic Joan Rivers and her archrival, poker shark Annie Duke. In consultation with prior “Apprentice” winner Piers Morgan (and, presumably, the staff of Mark Burnett Productions), Trump picked Rivers and Duke to duke it out in tonight’s three-hour finale. *** Also concluding tonight is the latest season of CBS’ “The Amazing Race,” another show that long teetered on the brink of cancellation before emerging as a top Sunday-night draw for its network. With water-averse, trash-talking sisters Kisha and Jen eliminated in last week’s penultimate episode, the “Race” field has narrowed to:

* Superhot attorney Tammy Jih, 26, and her bossy big bro Victor, 35 (Mandarin speakers who caught a big break when the last leg of the race took them through China);

* Clinical researcher Margie Adams, 50, and her hearing-impaired son Luke, 22 (who looks a little like “Weeds” star Justin Kirk if you squint); and

* Jaime Edmondson, 29, and Cara Rosenthal, 26, superhot former Miami Dolphins cheerleaders (they both have red hair). Tonight “Race” producers apparently force all the female contestants to don bikinis and lift very heavy things, which means I’ll be catching “Celebrity Apprentice” an hour later on Denver affiliate KUSA. Screenwriter Mike White (“School of Rock”) and his gay preacher pop Mel will be waiting at the finish line tonight with the rest of the contestants. “The Amazing Race”: 8 p.m. Sunday. CBS. “Celebrity Apprentice”: 8 p.m. Sunday. NBC. And remember: talkbackers who claim they’ve never followed a reality show are trying to make everyone forget that time mom caught them masturbating to “Breaking Bonaduce.”
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  • May 10, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    to punch Joan Rivers in the face!

  • May 10, 2009, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Well, there you go

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 10, 2009, 4:50 p.m. CST

    where's the lost talkback?

    by walrusholder

  • May 10, 2009, 4:52 p.m. CST

    It's always the last place you look.

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 10, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST

    I miss Boot Camp

    by chrth

    Still the best of the bunch. I'd even settle for Celebrity Boot Camp at this point. Ok, maybe not.

  • May 10, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    I thought Joan Rivers quit

    by jim

    Didn't she walk out after her daughter was fired?

  • May 10, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Hercules

    Joan lied. She said she wouldn't be in the next morning, but she was. <p> And now she's in the final two.

  • May 10, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Is Rivers uglier on the outside or the inside?

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 10, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Celebrity Boot Camp

    by Anime_Nut

    Celebrity Boot Camp was awesome. That special actually kept me in a Vegas hotel room for 2 hours later than I had planned. Kato using his 1 available phone call to "accidentally" call the wrong number was comedy gold.<p> I was rooting for Recruit Faustino.

  • May 10, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Celebrity Boot Camp

    by Anime_Nut

    Celebrity Boot Camp was awesome. That special actually kept me in a Vegas hotel room for 2 hours later than I had planned. Kato using his 1 available phone call to "accidentally" call the wrong number was comedy gold.<p> I was rooting for Recruit Faustino.

  • May 10, 2009, 5:40 p.m. CST

    The Mole was really good

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Is that coming back?

  • May 10, 2009, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Tammy Jih

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    REALLY needs me inside her. Click to embiggen.

  • May 10, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Tammy is hot!

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Did you see her swimming last week. OMG!

  • May 10, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc

    by jim

    So basically Joan pulled a George Costanza<p>I did see her swimming; I also saw the black thong she was wearing under her white gymnast leotard.<p>Did anyone else find Cara really sexy scarfing down all that gross food last week. I guess I just have a thing for good-looking girls who aren't squeamish.

  • May 10, 2009, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Let's not forget...

    by sharkboy_shellyeah

    That the finale of "Brothers and Sisters ïs also on tonite. I'm hoping to hear a story about Calista Flockheart Dying a painful death from choking on Indiana Jones cock. Oh and Margie and Luke will win the Amazing Race

  • May 10, 2009, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Great 60 Minutes tonight!

    by Hercules

    Lara Logan gets all hot watching fiery death visited upon our nation's enemies via remote control!

  • May 10, 2009, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Amazing race

    by NudeandAroused

    I enjoy Amazing race. The current season's contestants were nothing to cheer about. Though Tammy is really hot.

  • May 10, 2009, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I don't really give a shit about the Race anymore

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Or Apprentice, but I watch them. Why, who knows.

  • May 10, 2009, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Why are the on at the same time?

    by CherryValance

    Ow. My brains.

  • May 10, 2009, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Anytime I see Logan...

    by Shermdawg

    ...I always remember that time Dan Rather threw it to her a bit too early during their 'round the clock coverage days after 9/11. She was having her hair combed at the time and when the audio delay finally reached her it was a total deer in headlights moment.

  • May 10, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    I so chose that team as my favorites in the first 15 minutes of this season. Woot. They deserved it. Although I liked the second place team too. Team 3 can suck it.

  • May 10, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    These 3 Teams

    by Incomplete Gamer

    I really hate all three of these teams. Luke has been a bully, the redheads are mean-spirited and I hate the way Victor talks to his sister. I don't want any of these teams to win. However, having said that, I will still be on the edge of my seat. It's hard to tell who I hate the most, but it's probably Luke and his mom. Sigh.

  • May 10, 2009, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Luke and Margie were kind of assholes

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Victor and Tammy were great. They were kind of annoying, but they really were the best team.

  • May 10, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Can't Herc and aintitcool STOP the editorializing?

    by JabbaTheMutt

    Herc,<p> You obviously know zero about Trump's business and the myriad stop/starts and WHY @$#%&! comments about it?<p> I GET that aintitcooltobefarleft wants to show that they want Change We Can Believe In. But, first and foremost, this is supposed to be a NEWS site. The fact that you guys are FAR left....isn't news.<p> Trump is a businessman. So that makes him evil. If you want evil...look to George Lucas. He has WAY more money than Trump...yet it's OK.<p> Herc, your crap is uncalled for in a story like go watch Valley of Elah...and give it a rest. Thanks, Jabba...

  • May 10, 2009, 8:54 p.m. CST

    P.S. Herc

    by JabbaTheMutt

    I consider myself to be left of center...and uninformed, halfwits like you embarrass me...

  • May 10, 2009, 9 p.m. CST


    by sharpie

    i didnt really like tammy and victor much, they had a HUGE advantage by the race being in chinese-speaking countries for what, 3, 4 legs? also, jaime and cara are hot, i'd take either of them over tammy any day

  • May 10, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Trump sold off his casinos long ago.

    by lockesbrokenleg

    Aint it old news.

  • May 10, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    BTW, Herc - Sit Down, Shut Up still SUCKS!!!

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 10, 2009, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Lara Logan!!

    by chromedome

    The only reason to watch CBS

  • May 10, 2009, 9:45 p.m. CST

    You're forgetting Dave and Survivor, chrome.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 10, 2009, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Survivor no, Dave yes

    by JuanSanchez

  • May 10, 2009, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by mjbok1

    I got dragged into TCA, but it is ridiculous that Joan won. Absolutely ridiculous.

  • May 10, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by mjbok1

    The only thing I expect from any TV is for it to be mildly entertaining, and with those low expectations I am normally disappointed. To make the assumption that someone is a loser because of something they watch is extremely short-sighted. Even though it is not "true" reality, there was more drama from the bitch Joan Rivers than on ANY show on network TV this season. Who's more foolish, the fool that watches a show, or the fool that takes time to let people know that he doesn't?

  • May 10, 2009, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Herc- u live in Denver?

    by SchoolHardBeerBad

    You mentioned KUSA Denver affiliate

  • May 10, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Celebrity Apprentice

    by Bramton1

    My wife watched it this season so I watched along with her. It was an entertaining season. I lost interest in the show a few seasons back, but there were some interesting personality clashes. It was kind of fun to watch Joan Rivers compare Annie Duke to Hitler, and watch Annie Duke suggest that Rivers die. It was funny. That being said, I don't know if I'll watch it next season (although NBC's decision on Chuck could sway my decision...IN CASE ANYONE FROM NBC IS TROLLING THESE BOARDS...RENEW CHUCK!!!)<p>Probably the best from the season was Clint Black's commercial for All laundry detergent that was a metaphor for masturbation.

  • May 10, 2009, 11:46 p.m. CST


    by whitty

    I would say the bigger fool is the one who doesn't realize this is ALL scripted crap.

  • May 11, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by livahd

    its not scripted. they may put people together who don't like eachother, and they're celebs, of course they're gonna ham it up in front of the camera, they're attention whores. i worked on celebrity apprentice last season. don't even get me started on how much of a raging cunt omarosa is.

  • May 11, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Not scripted

    by SifoDyasJr.

    but definitely manipulated and edited

  • May 11, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    joans plastic face

    by simondark

    is horrifying,sam raimi should cast her as an evil beast in his next film.She is why everyone hates this country

  • May 11, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Glad Tammy won!!!

    by Ka Dargo

    Don't count the dude cuz I don't have a crush on him. I will say that redhead Jamie has a great rack!! Put them on Tammy and you got the perfect woman!!

  • May 11, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST


    by alice 13


  • May 11, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    At least the hot Tammy won

    by lockesbrokenleg

    And we got to see her awesome body one more time.

  • May 11, 2009, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Oh, and the Apprentice just proves how bitchy women

    by lockesbrokenleg

    get in the workplace. Way to set yourselves back 100 years.

  • May 11, 2009, 3:03 a.m. CST

    They must have had a huge lead

    by The McPoyle Clan

    The brainiac lawyers must have had a huge lead. The editors didn't even try to amp up the fake anxiety, they just let the emo resignation of the two losers flow. Victor may have been kind of a jerk to his little sister at times, but who hasn't clashed with a sibling? There wasn't as much to dislike about them as with the bossy/bitchy cheerleaders and the whiny deaf guy and his overbearing mom. I see more former cheerleaders and T&A coming in future editions.<br><br>And don't get too attached to Lara Logan, fellas, she's a playa'.

  • May 11, 2009, 3:11 a.m. CST

    Were Jen & Kisha really trash talkers?

    by Rinse

    I started to root for them after Luke and Mom got all self-indignant about being deaf in Jen and Kisha's faces -- but with the water-aversion and the younger sister's inability to suck it up and eat some crazy grub like the other teams, they kinda deserved to lose. :(

  • May 11, 2009, 3:45 a.m. CST


    by The McPoyle Clan

    the cheerleaders couldn't quite grasp that when you visit other places, you need to adapt to their culture, not the other way 'round. For two Haoles unfamiliar with the concept of Hawaiian time, yelling at the cab driver wasn't going to help their cause.

  • May 11, 2009, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Too much time in China

    by darth kubrick

    Was it just me or did it seem like they spent WAY too much time in China. I don't mind a team getting an advantage for one or two legs, but they've been in China for like, 4 episodes!

  • May 11, 2009, 6:12 a.m. CST

    J.James Gonna "Billy Jack" D.Rodman ??

    by RoseBuddy

    The ex-body guard of stars called Dennis "too stupid to realize he was trying to help him" and had fire in his eyes....Would Jesse be "Billy Jack" enough to cut Dennis down to size in a street brawl?: we may never know, but would be fun to find out. On another note: I'm amazed Joan Rivers can still, be called "classy" after calling Annie a liar etc., for telling the truth proved via cameras...blah blah blah. Annie never acted so unladylike an nth as much. Meh, glad it's over- seemed like the most preposterous season, yet.

  • May 11, 2009, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Should Have Done China Earlier in the Race

    by SamuelLappDance

    Having so much time in that country so late in the "Race" gave a tremendously unfair advantage to Victor and Tammy. I can't remember a weaker team taking the top prize. This was probably the worst "Race" since the Family Edition. But it's still the best reality show on TV.

  • May 11, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST

    the fix was on - Trump cheated

    by flipster

    to get his girl, the hateful crazy non-winner Joan bat shit crazy Rivers to win. It was hellish and fuck Trump you puritanical hater.

  • May 11, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by whitty

    "don't even get me started on how much of a raging cunt omarosa is."<br /><br /> Don't worry, I won't--because, with all due respect, I couldn't give a crap about her or the show. Reality TV is for troglodytes. You say it's not scripted, but I have a friend who works in television who says otherwise. We'll have to agree to disagree, because you're not going to convince me otherwise.

  • May 11, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by ECUPirate71

    Are you saying that all reality shows are scripted or is your friend talking about specific shows?<p> I have always thought that there were reality shows that were scripted, and others that leant themselves to being manipulated, but I refuse to believe that all or even most of the shows are scripted. Were there any shows that you friend mentioned in particular?

  • May 11, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Where's the....

    by PennsyDeux

    24 talkback? (HAH! Thought I'd say Lost, didn'cha? ;) )

  • May 11, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    SPOILER: All of Las Vegas puts a hit out on Joan Rivers!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • May 11, 2009, 9:33 a.m. CST

    "Clint Black's commercial for All laundry detergent...

    by jim

    "...that was a metaphor for masturbation."<br>Sure It was funny that he thought it was a good idea but it's one of the oldest jokes in the world.<p>So Joan Rivers quits, netting the show a ton of free publicity, only to return on the next episode. Not only does she come back after several threats to leave, and after actually walking out the door with suitcase in hand, but they allow her to come back. And in return she ends up winning the the game. Sounds kind of fishy to me.<p>"The editors didn't even try to amp up the fake anxiety..."<br>I found it odd that whoever finished that task first would pretty much be the winner. The last few seasons I've seen, after the memory challenge, there is still a mini scavenger hunt where teams have to hit two or three more clue boxes, usually on foot before finding that final clue to the finish line. But this time, once Victor got the clue it was over. The only way the other two teams had a chance would be if either finished the challenge in the next several minutes and Tammy & Victor's cab driver didn't know where he was going.<p>Jen & Kisha deserved to be eliminated after the pool challenge. That late in the game and they switch challenges 3 times. Understandable that, after finding the diving one hard, they tried the swimming one. But when that proved to also be difficult they went back to the diving one. And once again they found it to be too hard and went back to swimming. Why did they think diving would have been easier the second time around?<p>Tammy & Victor were lucky to still be in the game. They should have gone home after their mountain trek in Transylvannia. Their saving grace was the unnecessarily (that early in the race) aggressive move by the luckless older couple who missed their connecting flight and got stranded in an airport.<p>Luke really blew that last challenge. He had most of the boards before Victor even showed up. But it seems he panicked and just started grabbing boards hoping it was right.

  • May 11, 2009, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Heroes ripping off RDM's Carnivale next season??

    by PennsyDeux; this is from Ausiello: "Wanna know what Season 4 of Heroes is gonna be like? Go back and watch Carnivàle. <p> "Based on the casting breakdowns that are making the rounds in Hollywood, it seems safe to say that the creatively resurgent NBC drama's new volume, "Redemption," will bear more than a passing resemblance to the much-missed HBO show. <p> "Besides a Knife Thrower and a sexy, twenty-something Tattoo Girl, Heroes is on the hunt for a middle-aged Eddie Izzard type to play the Carnival Barker, a smooth operator with a wicked wit. This character, I hear, will start small and grow. (Not grow as in grow-into-World's-Tallest-Man grow, but grow nonetheless.) <p> "In addition, the series is searching for its own Ellen Page to play Claire's quirky college roommate, and a stalwart - think Andre Braugher - for the role of Matt's partner... and mentor." <p> Huh???

  • May 11, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    "Creatively resurgent?

    by PennsyDeux

    Addendum: Nine of the series' 10 lowest-rated episodes ever were from the 'Fugitives' arc. Bryan Fuller's own episode, 'Cold Snap', which he wrote, was the second-lowest rated hour of the series. Not just this past season. Creatively resurgent my arse.

  • May 11, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    A little white paint. Dye her hair green.

    by mrfan

    Damn. The Joker is now inside of Trump industries.

  • May 11, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    24 TB please.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • May 11, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Joan won

    by CherryValance

    Annie was just too cold. And if I heard her right her charity gives money to work with the governments to help refugees. It wasn't like they give the refugees cows or cooking stuff. So God's Love We Deliver is a more hands on normal type charity. I've never been one for campaign contribution type giving. Just help people directly.

  • May 11, 2009, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Joan over Annie

    by NinjaChampion

    I think Joan won just to break the trend of whoever having rich friends be the winner. They had to make it about more than who has the richest friends. Annie winning would have also firmly established that the most money always wins the show.

  • May 11, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST


    by mjbok1

    Please enlighten us with the shows that should be worthy of our time since we lack the intelligence to figure it out for ourselves. For TCA, I bet that after Joan quit they told her if she comes back she will win. She did not deserve to win, and editing or not she comes off as a horrible human being.

  • May 11, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Pennsy: Creativity has nothing to do with ratings ;)

    by chrth

  • May 11, 2009, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Joan can blow me

    by waynefoolx

    I can't believe that cunty old hag beat a respectable, intelligent, hard working person like Annie Duke. That said, as much as I like Annie, her smile right before Trump said "you're fired" was pretty funny. No doubt this show is pretty darn lowbrow, but damn if it ain't interesting.

  • May 11, 2009, 6 p.m. CST

    The point is...

    by whitty

    ...this site is called Ain't It Cool News, but there's nothing cool about supposed reality television. And by reporting on it, AICN lowers the quality of this site to that of your average Hollywood gossip rag, the kinds of publications that refer to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and others by their first name only. In other words, crap.

  • May 11, 2009, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Talk about a guilty pleasure

    by Homer Sexual

    I had lost interest in Apprentice several seasons back, like others. Frankly, Joan Rivers is the reason I decided to tune in this season (Well, ok, Rodman as well). <p> I can see why people dislike her, but she "deserved" to win. <p> This was probably THE most lowbrow show I watch. And I watch "I Love Money."

  • May 11, 2009, 8:39 p.m. CST

    I was so glad Annie lost

    by smackfu

    Joan seems like a pretty crazy old broad, but I totally saw everything she accused Annie of being. Joan may be crazy, and say terrible things in her little tirades, but at least she's sincere. I found Annie's low key, passive aggressive hostility to be disgusting. I don't know if there's a word for it...but whenever two people obviously hate each other, and one always pretends to be congenial and put on a show like they're the 'bigger man' to make themselves look good, it really, really sours me against that person.

  • May 11, 2009, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by whitty

    None of that matters--it's scripted.

  • May 11, 2009, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Come on, people...

    by whitty

    ...I can't believe any of you actually believe that what happens on these so-called reality shows is real. Come on. Seriously, guys.

  • May 12, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Why Annie should have won -

    by Indiana-Joe

    The other four factors were all close. She tripled Joan in fund raising which was the most important part. If it would have been a few thousand bucks difference I wouldn't have a problem with Joan winning but this thing was clearly rigged from the start. I think it was always meant to be Joan vs. Melissa in the finals and then then feud with Annie became too much to pass over. And I just watched this on Hulu this morning. Am I the only one to hear Rodman say fuck when he was talking about Jesse and did it air on live TV?

  • May 12, 2009, 2:18 p.m. CST

    by ksm

  • May 12, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Cluck cluck cluck cluck cluck...

    by ksm


  • May 12, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by Homer Sexual

    As others have mentioned, if fundraising is the basis of everything, the entire show becomes pointless. We saw early on that Annie was easily the #1 fundraiser, so that would make any further competition completely moot.

  • May 12, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST

    So much for free speech

    by whitty

    Why was my post deleted? So much for AICN valuing visitors' opinions.

  • May 12, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Tammy was hot, but not the hottest

    by SnootyBoots

    Jodi, to put it nicely, is a beautiful woman.

  • May 13, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST


    by capocapocapo

    To anyone that says Joan should have won: What fucking show were you watching? She QUIT. SHE QUIT THE FUCKING SHOW. Then, gets ushered back in like there's no big deal. She got SLAUGHTERED in fund-raising, which (until Donald wanted to make sure it was set up for Joan to win) has always been the most important factor. Check http://tinyurl. com/o7o28v , and start at point #1. Then tell me that freak of "nature" deserved to win. Absolute bullshit.

  • May 13, 2009, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by DaddyP69

    That old bitch should NOT have won, but it was fixed from the start. NY Charity+NY MOGUL+NY OLD WHORE=WINNER! Annie CLEARLY was the better contestant!

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    Testing out multiple accounts?

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