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Did Randal Know Trump Was Going To Try To Hire Two Apprentices?

December 18, 2005 10:57 PM by Joe Blackmon

One subject of debate about the Apprentice finale has been that it was unfair of Donald Trump to ask Randal Pinkett to make a decision about if Rebecca should be hired on the spur of the moment.  Randal could have been caught off guard and not had time to think through his answer.  However, a review of the Apprentice finale by Reality TV Magazine has revealed evidence that Randal probably had a pretty good idea what was coming.

While Trump was questioning the two candidates during the live portion of the finale, Randal turned to the previously eliminated candidates and gave them the following direction “If you believe that I should be the sole and single Apprentice tonight, candidates please stand, please stand.”  A key part of this statement by Randal is that he said “sole and single Apprentice.”  Why would Randal say “sole and single Apprentice” unless he had good reason to believe that Trump might attempt to hire both of them?  His statement also makes it clear that he has no intention of sharing the title if it is up to him.  In fact, one could probably make a strong case that Randal probably knew he had the Apprentice job in the bag, but he vigorously argued for himself to make sure he was the “sole and single Apprentice.”

In a Microsoft webinar on the day after the Apprentice finale, Randal even alluded to what he called his “modest stunt” where he asked the other candidates that believed he should be the Apprentice to stand up.  Randal stated that virtually all of the other candidates stood up.  (We’re guessing probably everyone except for Toral.)  Near the end of the Microsoft webinar, Randal even admitted that he had a suspicion of what was coming.  Randal stated, “There were a lot of rumors floating around that this would be the season given the multiple firings that there might be a multiple hiring so I certainly left room for the possibility in the back of my mind that would be something that Mr. Trump would do and so it didn’t come as a surprise.  I was hoping that he would have been the one to make the single decision and not put the ball back in my court.”

Based on Randal’s admission of his multiple hiring suspicion and his pre-hiring finale statement indicating that he should be the “sole and single Apprentice,” it is likely that Randal had given a great deal of thought about the possibility and had no intention of sharing the title if it was up to him. 

However, even if Randal’s finale statements were part of a prepared, calculated effort to make sure that he did not have to share the Apprentice title, there are some very compelling arguments that he should not have been asked to make the decision in the first place.  Even though Rebecca was a great candidate, Randal obviously had the better project manager record and was the clear choice for the Apprentice title.  In an interview with Black Enterprise, Randal stated “You wouldn’t ask the gold medalist in the Olympics to share with the silver medalist. Unfortunately for those that wanted to see a double hiring or see Rebecca win, I ended up being the bearer of bad news.”

Randal’s statements ring very true.  Even though many might think the selfless choice would have been to tell Trump that he should hire Rebecca as well, our society is one where we have been taught that there is only one winner.  Could you imagine a football team winning the Super Bowl and then being asked to share the Lombardi Trophy because the other team played really well?  Just think about how much controversy arises whenever the thought occurs that there might be a split national championship in college football. 

If Trump had phrased his question differently, then it might also have elicited a different response from Randal.  Randal’s earlier direction to the previously eliminated candidates to stand and show their support for him as the “sole and single Apprentice” should have given Trump a clue that Randal had no intention of sharing the title.  With this knowledge, Trump could have discretely offered Rebecca a job later.  Or at the very least, Trump could have phrased his question by first clearly stating that Randal was the sole and single winner of the Apprentice, and then asking if Rebecca should be considered for another job in the Trump organization.  However, if Trump had it to do over again, then he probably wouldn’t change a thing.  Randal’s answer helped to make the show the center of water cooler conversations again, which can only mean good things for next season’s ratings.

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14 Responses to “Did Randal Know Trump Was Going To Try To Hire Two Apprentices?”

  1. Jan Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 8:01 am

    Rebecca didn’t deserve to win. Those of you who think otherwise either have very low standards or didn’t watch all 13 episodes.

    Rebecca lost every task in which she was PM, except the one where she was in a 2-person team with Randal (1-2 record) and he was instrumental in helping her to win that task. In the final task Rebecca didn’t raise any money for her charity. Not a penny. Randal’s sponsor told him not to ask the bigwigs for money too but he ignored them, and Randal was UNDEFEATED as PM (3-0). Also, Rebecca’s team once traded her because she was a weak player. — If you can ignore all those facts and still say Rebecca deserved to win or to be hired, then you’re full of it.

    Also, Randal wasn’t hired to manager Trump’s Personnel Department. If Trump still wanted to hire her despite her losing record, he can do so. No other winner was asked that stupid question. She didn’t earn the win. She didn’t deserve to share in it. Randal’s response was perfect. In fact, Rebecca shouldn’t have even been in the finale. The only reason she made it as far as she did was because Trump went on a firing spree this season and fired all of Randal’s real competition. She didn’t deserve to be in the final 2.

  2. Poor business decision by Randall Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 11:01 am

    I am fine with Randall winning — he had a better record, and was highly regarded by the other players. As such, Randall deserved to be the “sole Apprentice”. However, he also opening stated (many times) that Rebecca was a strong candidate. There was not the usual talk (as in previous seasons) of her completely missing the boat (think Tana last time).
    If, as proposed here, Randall thought long about his answer before, he should have had a better response (one that would not have been percieved as selfish). What if he had responded something along the following line? “This is not the Apprenti, so there should only be one Apprecntice. However, Mr. Trump, Rebecca is a talented person and you should consider hiring her somewhere in your organization.” By adding a simple statement like that, Randall would remain the sole Apprentice (which he deserved) and would have avoided appearing selfish. Just my two cents

  3. Canadian Man Of Honour and Letters Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 6:53 pm

    DISFORTUNE

    YOU ran a marathon and were the first to cross the line after a grueling race. Be it a slim margin of victory or a large one, how would you feel if the rules were arbitrarily changed to get your approval of the second-place finisher receiving an equal gold medal. Now imagine that marathon lasting your whole life. Competition is inherently discriminatory but the rules should be fair and consistent. Every metric showed that the man from Jersey (Randal) was superior to the lady from Minnesota (Rebecca) albeit some myopic viewers refuse to acknowledge this fact. Let me innumerate.
    1) Randal was, by far, better educated
    2) Randal was, by far, better experienced
    3) Randal had a flawless record and more than equally contributed to Rebecca’s only win
    4) Randal actually produced charity for a CHARITY EVENT. This should not be overlooked – if this challenge had taken place 3 weeks earlier would there have been any question to Rebecca’s firing. Donald might have fired her whole team all over again for good measure.
    4) Randal had a hostile charity delegate that eventually was, herself, won over by his heart, professionalism and equanimity.
    5) Randal also stood up for a weak candidate (Markus)- he voted for his exemption the first week and verbally supported him in another boardroom debriefing (Lamborghini challenge) -the only one to do so.
    6) Randal’s altruism was showcased when he was determined to assist Rebecca to her sole and only win. He said this in unequivocal terms.
    7) He earned the love and support of virtually all of the candidates early on in the series. He maintained this support and admiration throughout a competitive environment. This alone speaks volumes of his value and charisma.
    8) Randal was prescient. “I cannot see why you would not pick me to be your sole and only apprentice” he said early-on during the finale. This was meant to relay his strong belief in his win. (This was most likely why Donald deferred to him at the end of the show).

    These points are incontestable and provide ample proof of his triumph. Accolades (a lesser win) must be extended to Rebecca but not at the expense of a triumph (greater victory).

    As to Randal’s response to Donald’s inappropriately timed query -which effectively diminished the win while the victor had yet to set his arms down from a well won victory salute. The question should have never been asked in the first place.

    Do I believe they were both qualified. Yes. Do you believe they were equally qualified…. see above.

  4. Cam Lane Says:
    December 19th, 2005 at 9:05 pm

    The thing that bothers me about this is that it has turned racial. I agree that Trump handled it wrong, but they didn’t offer it as a slight because Randall is black. It was a controversial new twist. It wasn’t racial.

  5. KH Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 2:12 am

    Randal has the perfect metaphore, but is wrong.
    Randal has won. He had the better resume, but made some real stupid errors in his last task that make some question his wisdom in using all that purchased knowledge.

    This wasn’t taking from Randal to give to Rebbecca. It was letting Randal show his character and loylaty (how much did Trump have to hint about that importance!)

    You just won a race against a friend. You get the scholarship, then the sponsor comes up and says I am so impressed with how both of you ran the race, I would like to give a scholarship to 2nd place too. You say no, then wonder why people stopped liking you.

    In the end we know it was the wrong choice because he is the loser, his choice will cost him most of the spokeperson deals there weren’t part of the win.

    Right now companies are falling all over Rebbecca to hire her.

    By not sharing the lime light, He gave the more important win to her.

    he has the degrees, but as Rebecca said. “He gets lost in the details and missed the big picture.”

  6. henny Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 5:58 pm

    Randall did everything perfect.

    Companies are not falling over Rebecca offering her a high status position such as overseeing the construction of a skyscraper.

    Rebecca didn’t prove herself as well as Randall did and never acknowledged his superior performance… bad character on her part.
    Shes just a sore loser.

    Too bad, Rebecca would have BETTER job offers if she had done the NOBLE thing and acknowledged an honest justified win by Randall which she has never done.

    Yahoo offered her a job… but we all know that its not as high profile as the job at Trump because even Yahoo recognizes that she isn’t qualified enough to be a CEO.

    Congradulations to Randall who earned the respect of everyone he worked with and more importantly all the CEO’s and Business leaderswho told Trump that Randall made the right executive decision.

  7. henny Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 6:02 pm

    oh and Rebecca did miss the big picture which was why she raised no money for a charity .

    She doublecrossed Alla and Trista when she thought up stealing the megaphones and doublecrossed Randall in a previous boardroom.

    The powereful people are backing Randall… Rebecca better see where the road to a greater future for her lies and accept her loss to a better man.

  8. Anonymous Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 6:13 pm

    ….oh and the friend who lost the race can get a scholarship on a later date but the only one on the podium with the gold medal would be the winner.

    If the friend who lost wants to get the same gold medal instead of the silver and declare the race a draw… that friend is wrong and a sore loser.

  9. Dr Van Tharp Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:13 am

    I encouraged you all to read the transcript of Larry King’s interview with the Donald, Randal and Rebecca at http://transcripts.cnn.com/

    Here’s an example:

    KING: But upon further reflection couldn’t you also say, you know, good business is teamwork? She was terrific. We worked together. I’ve got a chance here organizationally to be above it and say OK.

    PINKETT: Right. Right, well hear what I’m saying, Larry. All I said was that if you’re going to hire somebody tonight that did not preclude hiring her the next day or two days later.

    So there’s still — I mean I still left room for the possibility of her joining the team. Nothing I said precluded that. My comment was that tonight in particular is about hiring “The Apprentice,” so what I’ve done is not contradictory with what you’ve just said at all.

  10. ken Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:53 pm

    Sure, Rebecca can say she would have hired Randal. She can say anything she wants AFTER THE FACT. However, since she LIED to Randal during the XM task about who she was going to label a weak player in the boardroom and then LIED to Trump about Randal’s performance on that task, I don’t believe for a moment that she would all of a sudden become so sweet and allowed Randal to share in her UNDESERVED win had the tables been reversed.

    Did you see the look of betrayal on Randal’s face after the XM boardroom? He said that’s when he learned about Rebecca’s deceptive nature and from then on he knew better. Notice that afterward, during the Microsoft task when they were the only 2 players on the team, that Randal still kept it above board and helped his team (i.e. Rebecca) to win. Class act.

    Rebecca is unethical, conniving and incompetent. She got to the finale out of luck & pity and she’s still playing the pity strings.

  11. Beverly Robinson Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 5:12 pm

    Trump made it obvious that he really wanted to hire Rebecca! Everytime he complimented Randall, he complimented the lesser qualified Rebecca twice. Based on Randall’s credentials and performance record, Trump didn’t dare not hire Randall. So he punks out by dropping the decision on Randall! Shame on him!

  12. Beverly Robinson Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 5:13 pm

    Trump made it obvious that he really wanted to hire Rebecca! Everytime he complimented Randall, he complimented the lesser qualified Rebecca twice. Based on Randall’s credentials and performance record, Trump didn’t dare not hire Randall. So he punks out by dropping the decision on Randall! Shame on him!

  13. Beverly Robinson Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 5:14 pm

    Trump made it obvious that he really wanted to hire Rebecca! Everytime he complimented Randall, he complimented the lesser qualified Rebecca twice. Based on Randall’s credentials and performance record, Trump didn’t dare not hire Randall. So he punks out by dropping the decision on Randall! Shame on him!

  14. amy Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 12:00 pm

    Rebecca’s supporters are so stupid…
    1) Why would Randal be threatened by such a poor performer as Rebecca? She lead as PM on 4 tasks (including the finale) and the only task she won was due to Randal (1-3 record). Randal was undefeated at 4-0.

    2)Rebecca has backstabbed Randal more than once, most notably in the boardroom after the XM radio task. She tells him beforehand that she’s going to label CLAY the weakest player and then flips in the boardroom and says that Randal was the weakest and should be fired. She clearly intended to broadside him in the boardroom. SHE was trying to get rid of her toughest competition. Notice that even after that when he had to work with her on the Microsoft task in a 2-person team, that he still kept it above board by helping his team (i.e. Rebecca) to win. Randal is a class act all the way.

    3) She didn’t raise a penny for her charity in the finale! She says that Randal doesn’t see the big picture, yet she MISSED the big picture that the purpose of the event was FUNDRAISING. Even Trump said that the charity was the client.

    4) The only one to stand up for her at the finale was Toral. Randal had the respect of most of the cast.

    So let me see…After rightfully winning, Randal should have helped a lying, backstabbing, loser like Rebecca (that couldn’t win even one task without his help) to get a job that would have been equal to his? I’d have kicked that incompetent beeyootch to the curb too. Selfish? You are ridiculous!

    You’re obviously in some fairytale land. In real life, you don’t help incompetent backstabbers to land a job of any kind, never mind a plum 6-figure job the same as yours. You might do that stuff for FRIENDS!

    Basically you’re saying that if Randal had done what you wanted, everyone would be happy? I’m glad he stood up for himself. Better to be talked about because you’re strong than because you’re a weak pushover.

    In the past, all apprentice candidates got job offers – even the losers. For heaven’s sake, even that witch Omarosa still has job offers coming out the wazooo 2 years later. So, it’s no surprise that Rebecca has received job offers. However, because she is inept, she will get herself in a big job and flounder like a fish out of water.

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