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Randal’s Decision Overshadows His Apprentice Win

December 20, 2005 12:04 AM by Joe Blackmon

By all rights, Randal Pinkett should now be spending his days basking in the glory of his Apprentice victory and fielding lucrative product endorsement deals.  However, due to a controversial decision that he made during the Apprentice 4 finale, the only topic that most want to discuss with him is why he didn’t give the thumbs up for fellow Apprentice candidate Rebecca Jarvis to have a job with Trump.

With one brief answer to a question from Donald Trump, Randal went from one of the most respected and admired reality TV contestants of all time to possibly becoming one of the greatest reality TV villains of all time.  Many in the media are not being very complementary to the once popular Apprentice star to say the least.  Some Apprentice fans have even started a website called FireRandal.com.

On Friday, Microsoft Corp. sponsored a free Web seminar (webinar) with the winning Apprentice via Microsoft Office Live Meeting.  While Microsoft personnel did their best to ask Randal a variety of questions, they couldn’t avoid making reference to the fact that there seemed to one dominant topic of inquiry from most of the participants attending the webinar.  Microsoft even flashed the results of a poll they were conducting that showed 68% of respondents disagreed with Randal’s decision.  Reality TV Magazine is also conducting a poll, and at the time of this article, 92% of respondents have indicated that they lost respect for Randal because of his actions.

In the Microsoft webinar, Randal clarified that his position was not to “rob Rebecca of a job with the Trump organization.”  Randal explained “the premise of the show was and the premise of the evening was one for Trump to choose his Apprentice, not for a double hiring, and in as much as we were all competitors and we all came under the rules as they were stated and as he says at the beginning of every episode I will be hiring one of you to be my next Apprentice.”

During parts of the Microsoft webinar, Randal was both complimentary and critical of Rebecca.  Randal often praised Rebecca saying “My hat goes off for Rebecca and I have tremendous respect for her.  And I admire her for her courage and her performance in light of her broken ankle.”  But when asked about one of the most surprising moments for him on the show, Randal described an event that suggests that he might have a lingering grudge against Rebecca for an earlier incident.  After the XM Radio task, Randal suggested Rebecca had given him the indication that they were going into the boardroom believing Clay was the weakest link, but then when “Mr. Trump asked her both who did she think should be fired as well as if you were disappointed and did Randal let you down, she gave a resounding yes, and I think you saw my face, I was like are you kidding me.”  Randal also added, “We were hanging out in the suite and we were friends and now she’s coming after me.  That moment was definitely an eye opening moment for me.”

Randal’s decision might have been one based on thinking that he should not have to share the spotlight as Apprentice, but it actually resulted in his very decision overshadowing his Apprentice win.  It’s a shame that one of the greatest, most successful candidates to ever play the game of Apprentice will probably be remembered more for one single decision not to share than for all the great decisions he made during the course of the game.

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  1. jan Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 3:37 am

    The thing that you people can’t get through your heads is that Randal’s future is not in the hands of overly emotional and sentimental fans that would see a 3-time PM loser like Rebecca get a job even though she did nothing to earn it. You are being totally irrational.

    Maybe you missed Larry King Live tonight? They were all on the show. Trump himself said that his “killer business friends” all said that Randal made the right choice. Now that’s a vote of confidence. These men and women will be Randal’s peers in the future, not a bunch of suck ups that want a pretty yet incompetent girl to get a job despite all her failures.

    This situation with Rebecca reminds me of Trump’s fixation on Amy in the 1st season. However, when it came down to the interviews with Trump’s top executives, they all trashed Amy and said basically that she was nothing but FLUFF and would add nothing to the organization.

    Just like Trump’s business buddies defended Randal, I’m sure that they would have given 3-time loser Rebecca the boot if there were similar interviews in season 4. For all his business savvy, Trump likes the pretty ladies and it gets him into trouble. It affects his judgement. Like it or not people, no matter how much hate you dump on the guy – undeservedly – he’s doing great.

  2. jan Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 3:52 am

    One thing that none of Rebecca’s supporters have been able to explain is why it would have been a good business decision to hire her. That’s the basis of their argument, so why?

    1) Her losing record as PM (2-1)? Her only win was due to Randal.
    2) The money she raised for her charity? She raised nothing…$0, zilch.
    3) The respect of her fellow teammates? Her team once traded her for being a weak player, which she proved was true.

    Rebecca came up way short on every criteria imaginable and she was still a star? Is this a leader?

    Randal doesn’t have any explaining to do. The companies that hire Rebecca will always have to justify why they think hiring someone with such a poor leadership record from the apprentice was such a “good business decision.”

    Since when does going to work with crutches mean you should get a promotion?

    Give me a break.

  3. ED Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 4:00 am

    The interesting thing about all of this is that if Trump had just selected Randal and moved on, we wouldn’t be here analyzing Rebecca’s performance record and revealing every flaw in her supporter’s reasoning and every failure she experienced on the show.

    If Randal is such a bad guy for not hiring her, Rebecca’s the one who will always have to explain where’s the talent that Trump missed out on scooping up. That’s what she said…she’s talent and they made a bad business decision by not scooping her up. The question on everyone’s lips after looking at her record on the show is “where’s the talent?”

    Putting Randal in an unfair position caused the magnifying glass to be placed right back on Rebecca.

  4. JOE Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 6:42 am

    How incredibly stupid and short-sighted of Trump to put Randal on the spot like that.She was a FAILURE.He was GOOD.Everyone knows that being attractive-especially an attractive woman-carries advantages with it in most societies…But at some point,don’t results matter?Affirmative action for the pretty?!Wow.
    And now let’s just throw the RACE CARD out there.Has Trump no grasp of history?How hideously OVERQUALIFIED is Randal as opposed to his mediocre competition?Did Trump intend to send the message that:”Even as qualified as as you are Randal…I find this pretty little white girl to be your equal.”Is that the new math?:5 Degrees and a sucessful business equals one so-so white girl…?
    If I were Randal,my first day on the job would be my last.I’d shake Trumps’ hand and say…”See ‘ya at your next bankruptcy proceeding.I’ll be the one bidding
    on the unecumbered properties at the absolute auction.”

  5. renata oplocki Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 9:33 am

    RANDAL HAS LOST HIS RESPECT IN EYES OF MILLIONS OF VIEWERS. THIS WAS HIS GREATES BUSINESS MISTAKE. NOBODY IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT HIS GLORY, BUT ABOUT HIS FAILURE TO HIRE REBBECA.

  6. randallalltheway Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 9:45 am

    I would just like to say that there is a definite bias in the articles on this website in favor of Rebecca that can’t be justified by the facts .

    Look at Rebecca’s record :

    1. 1-2 as PM . 1 due clearly to Randall .

    2. Defended Toral against the strenous objections of Trump .

    3. No money raised for final project .

    4. Picked New Jersey project when she knew that Trump prefered Atlantic City .

    5. She was the worst runner up over 4 seasons .

    Up until now Trump has made his decisions based on the objective facts . Why the sudden change ?

    Randall distinguished himself far apart from the rest and ESPECIALLY
    Rebecca ; he should not have been put on the spot to share the award just because Trump wanted a , some say , pretty face to boost his ratings . And she stabbed Randall in the back as others have pointed out .

    Really , what is everyone’s obsession with Rebecca . She’s not that hot and you all are just making her more full of herself than she deserves .

  7. kfed Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 11:05 am

    Renata – Again, if you feel it was a great business decision to hire Rebecca, explain WHY she should be hired. Obviously it’s not because she can produce results so let me guess…you want to sleep with her too?

    People are talking about his success! Of course they are talking about this whole debacle too, but it’s making Trump and REBECCA look really dumb.

  8. CF Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 11:31 am

    Some of you people need to wake up and smell the coffee. “He didn’t share…” Please!!!!This was a competition as Trump emphasized repeatedly and there is only to be one winner. There is no sharing a gold medal with the silver medalist. To Trump hiring Rebecca wasn’t about talent it’s about hiring an attractive female into his organization (which he lovest to do). I can gurantee you that if Marshawn or Alla was the finalist he wouldn’t of given it a second thought.

    This competition wasn’t even close. Randall was 3-0 as a PM while Rebeca’s only win as PM came the courtesy of Randall. She was often on the losing team, and most of her fellow competitors didn’t respect her.

    This was totally unfair for Randall. Instead of enjoying his victory he now has to constnatly defend himself about making the right call.

    IMO Apprentice is yet to crown an Afircan American winner. How can you feel like a winner with all this drama. Ironically, season 4 winner might become the biggest loser of them all. Loss or reputation that he worked so hard to build.

    For those people that are down on Randall because he didn’t share his title, don’t be a hyprocrite when you hit the lottery. Make sure to split the winnings with the person who stood behind you in line when you were buying the ticket. Make sure you “share”!

  9. Greg Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 11:52 am

    YOU SAID: It’s a shame that one of the greatest, most successful candidates to ever play the game of Apprentice will probably be remembered more for one single decision not to share than for all the great decisions he made during the course of the game.
    I SAY: It’s a shame that one of the greatest, most successful candidates to ever play the game of Apprentice is the ONLY apprentice to be asked to share his title with one of the LOSINGEST apprentice EVER and the ONLY project manager to earn $0 in a task.

    Randall is the Best Apprentice that Trump doesn’t deserve.

  10. Sasha Davenport Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 12:17 pm

    Trump did the right thing in hiring Randal. Randal has the education and the work experience to back him up. In addition, his performance as a Project Manager was stellar. And like Randal said, it was “The Apprentice” and not “The Apprenti.” If Trump wanted to hire two apprentices, he could have done it in the first season when he chose Bill over Kwame. Did he ever consider the option then? NO! And, more importantly, would he have asked Bill to share the spotlight? NO! So, he shouldn’t have felt the need to ask Randal. In addition, considering the HUGE ego that Trump has, we all know that if he had been in the same position, he would’ve refused to share the spotlight, too. Hell, it’s hard for him to share the limelight with the candidates on the show!

    It is true that Randal made some mistakes with the final task; fortunately, they were mistakes that he was able to overcome. However, his past performance had been outstanding, whereas Rebecca’s had been lackluster. There’s a popular saying that sums up Randal’s performance: past behavior/performance is indicative of future behavior/performance. Rebecca had won only one task and that was with the help of Randal! And then on top of all that, Randal had always been on Rebecca’s side even after she turned on him in the boardroom after the radio station task. Remember, she said that he didn’t give 100%. So, tell me, who turned on who? I think it would be Rebecca because prior to going into the boardroom, Randal thought they were both on the same side. And the reason Rebecca is upset now is because she knows what it feels like to be on the other end. When playing a game, you have to fight to the end! No holes barred!

    Becoming “The Apprentice” is the same as being hired for a major position at any company. So, why would anyone want to have someone hired in the same position as them? That’s like asking any president or CEO to share their position. Now, if an individual knows first hand that it’s a shared position, that’s different. However, I don’t believe anyone would want to share a key position with someone else, especially if told that it’s going to be that way “after the fact.” And regardless of what people say, I believe if Rebecca had been asked the same question of Randal, she would have said NO. On the other hand, if she had of said yes, then people would have complained that she shouldn’t have been asked that question. And they would’ve also moaned about her having to share the spotlight when the other apprentices’ didn’t have to share their glory.

    Now, let me get back to Rebecca. As I just stated, she probably would have said no. Rebecca was all about “self” as anyone would be in playing the game. There are times when you have to look out for yourself, especially when trying to get a position that you’ve been vying for for weeks, and that’s just what Randal did. The only reason “white America” is upset is because Randal is BLACK. You all just need to get over yourselves and realize that sometimes you’re going to lose because it can’t always be your way! It’s not always YOUR WORLD!

    Oh, and why didn’t Trump overrule Randal? Well, it’s simple. He knew there was no way possible he could get out of hiring Randal, especially since he had screwed over Kwame and Kevin, both of whom had been qualified candidates as well. Rebecca’s credentials were good, but Randal’s were SUPERIOR! It’s hard to beat someone who has five degrees and valuable work experience. This is most important because in the past Trump has criticized candidates for having too much education and not enough work experience or too much work experience and not enough education. Trump was also probably afraid of more backlash from the Black community. Moreover, I’m quite sure he didn’t want to appear to be a racist.

  11. Claire Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 1:44 pm

    Rebecca was traded from the women’s team not because of he in ability to work but because of the women’s teams childishness.

  12. BWF Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 3:10 pm

    I do not understand all of the fuss that is being made about Randal’s decision. He was chosen by Trump to be the next Apprentice. When a baseball team wins the World
    Series, the losing team is not offered an additional World Series championship. There is one Wimbleton male singles champ each year. Rebecca was a fine worker, but she did not have the winning project manager record that Randal
    had. He was named the Apprentice because he was the best candidate.

  13. ed Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 4:03 pm

    Rebecca only made it to the finale because trump went on a firing spree this season and got rid of Randal’s REAL competition. She was in the finale by default. Way too much is being made of Rebecca.

    On Larry King, Trump couldn’t even come up with good reasons for why he liked Rebecca (though we know). You know that when that has happened, the man has lost his way.

  14. Trudie Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 4:42 pm

    Anyone who supports Rebecca supports mediocrity. . . she was riding on Randal’s coatails the entire competition and if she had not been sacrificed by Alla, she never would have made it to the finals. Randal, on the other hand, earned his wins through hardwork, integrity and intelligence, was 3-0 as project manager, 4-0 if you consider that Rebecca didn’t raise a dime. . . anyone supporting Rebecca has turned this into a race thing. I doubt if Rebecca was black anyone would be upset. Viewers who didn’t like Randal were jealous of his education and professional accomplishments. Trump would be stupid not to hire someone like that into his organization, much less meet someone like that. Randal can generate Trump money someday and I see Rebecca in the form of a trophy wife, like Melania, more than a self made billionaire. As far spelling, some of us aren’t secretaries, we run organizations and hire good people. The anti-Randal comentators would never survive in the business world. Why should Randal share his win with someone who is not in the same league with himself, in fact, there were very few in the competition that were worse than Rebecca. He was the Michael Jordan of the Apprentice competition. Maybe Michael Jordan should give up his wins to less qualified and less proven players just to be nice. Competitors know when to be diplomatic and when to go in for the kill. If he’d shared the title with Rebecca I would have called him a quitter and after 13 weeks of interviewing that would have really let me down because quitters a) never win and b) never become Rhode Scholars and get 3 degrees from the most competitive university in the United States. Randal, your a star. . . let your haters be your motivators. Your teammates throughout the competition always respected you. You’re a class act Randal.

  15. Prince Akbar Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 9:20 pm

    Someone tell me what is it about Rebecca that justifies calling her true “competition” to Dr. Pinkett. She was 1-2. He was 3-0 on the show. She has a BA degree from an average college University of Chicago. He has 5 degrees including 3 from one of the toughtest colleges in the world, MIT. She has 2 years work experience. He has 13 years experience as an entreprenuer, the most recent ventures is a multimillion dollar consulting firm. She broke an ankle that heals. He lost a grandparent FOREVER. Why all the sympathy for such a below average, sub par, barely out of college simpleton? Also, Trump boasts about her loyalty to Toral. Yet he said nothing of Kwame’s loyalty to Omarossa in season 1? Double Standards. He also fired 4 people for not rising a dime of money, and he acts kind to her after she raised NOTHING for charity! Had Dr. Pinkett been white, and Rebecca been black, this would not even be a conversation right now. Funny what race believes in handouts now.

  16. Adam Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 9:56 pm

    University of Chicago is an “average college.” That’s funny. Studying economics there is like studying engineering at MIT. U of Chicago has 10 Nobel prize winners in economics. It’s not the same as electrical engineering at MIT but it’s close if they introduced advanced calculus in their undergraduate classes. Don’t know but would not be surprised if they used a little calculus to do the econ thing. The University of Chicago is probably the jewel of the midwest.

  17. Jacques Says:
    December 20th, 2005 at 10:59 pm

    I just found a new site that supports Randall.

    Go to : http://www.randalfans.com

  18. Bonnie Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 12:26 am

    Re: Re: Randal & Rebecca
    First, let’s let go of the race issue here. It’s not about race.
    I don’t care if Randal was purple and Rebecca was green and I don’t think anyone else does either.
    Going into the final task I thought Randal was a shoe in. Instead, I witnessed a role reversal. Randall crumbled. He showed he wasn’t up to a multi-functional task with a short time window. If it wasn’t for his great support staff he would have failed. Also, it took a reeming out by the Outback Steak House rep to get Randall to think of the big picture. Rebecca on the other hand surprised me by going after the task with a vengence. She showed a gut instinct for leading people on a big task without becoming a “she witch”. It’s very difficult to outperform a person who has that gut instinct. No degree from a college can match that. Rebecca reminded me of a young Trump. She didn’t go over the Yahoo people’s heads, which was wise. They saw the folly in their refusal to ask for donations and fessed up with 100K..half for Randal and half for Rebecca. It was this role reversal that set the stage for so many people rooting for two winners. At the end we had a man who did well during the regular more simple tasks, but was not perfect…remember the poster error, but bombed during the bigger finale, and a woman who was luke warm during the regular tasks but emerged as a late bloomer who took charge, even while on crutches, to show excellent team leadership, even with a previously difficult employee. It was this complete role reversal between Randal and Rebecca, happening for the first time on The Apprentice, that led to the idea of two winners.

  19. jnik Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:24 am

    You Rebecca fans out there need to ask yourselves: If the races had been reversed, how many of you would have supported the winner “sharing” his prize with a clear loser? How many of you would have cried “Reverse Racism!” and “Affirmative Action!”? We do ourselves no favor by pretending the race issue isn’t there. We need to put it on the table and talk about it. Randal, to his credit, never played the “race card” once. The poor fool thought he could succeed by being the best. But Trump really wanted to hire the pretty white girl (that’s all she brought to the endgame) But he couldn’t flat out hire the Loser without exposing himself as a racist. So he hired the winner and expected Randal to say “Yassuh, boss!” and be satisfied with half a loaf. Wrong! The brother actually showed that he is a man, and white America can’t stand this uppity negro who seemed so nice. He should have told Trump, “If you want the loser, she’s yours! I’m outa here! Take the job and shove it!” Whites would be happy with a (still) all-white “Apprentice”, and blacks would have a hero who stood up to Mr. Bad Hair.

  20. Dr Albert Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:27 am

    Why not hear it directly from the 3 participants?

    The Donald and R&R was interviewed on the Larry King show. Go to
    http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/

    Here’s an example:

    KING: Randal, the obvious, why did you say no?

    PINKETT: Well, Larry, you know first let me just say that I have a tremendous amount of respect for Rebecca and I think she’s outstanding. And, as she mentioned, you know, we worked extremely well together on the last few tasks and I think we both had a high level of mutual respect for each other.

    But, at the same time, you know, I believe that the competition was indeed about selecting “The Apprentice.” You know nothing I said that evening, as some may have interpreted, precluded the possibility of Rebecca still joining any organization, including the Trump organization.

    But for that evening I believed that much like other finales, we’ve had three previous apprentices. None of the three have ever been presented with the opportunity to hire their adversary and I felt like I sufficiently distinguished myself, having worked extremely hard, much like Miss USA or Michael Jordan or any other competitor that I had distinguished myself as “The Apprentice.” I think my record really spoke for itself.

    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.

  21. Chandra Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 8:54 am

    Awww, Randal’s upset because we won’t see how great he is? You dug your grave buddy, now lie in it.

    I won’t even say sorry but Randal can spout that bullshit “we had to follow the rules” excuse all he wants, fact of the matter is that he was being a selfish, spoiled baby who wanted the spotlight too himself. Well, you have the spotlight now punk….do you really want it? Rebecca’s going to be remembered as a great contestant who got the shaft and went on to bigger and better things.

    And by the way Randal, please stop saying “We’d love to have her at the Trump organization…”. You’re not kingshit of the world buddy, but you are the king dipshit.

  22. rob Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 9:37 am

    Randalls crying???

    Oh, if you mean all the way to the bank!

    Losers support Rebecca.

    Winners support Randall.

    Rebecca will be remembered as the contestant with the worst record and the ONLY project manager to earn $0 on a task.
    Pathetic.

  23. shandra Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 9:43 am

    Good luck to Randall,

    He’s not only the best apprentice ever on the show but also the only one to win EVERY time as a Project manager.

    Too bad Rebecca couldn’t raise money for Yahoo and Trump had to shame them into donating money.
    I guess it was Trump who should have been Project Manager instead of Rebecca.

    Rebecca: You’re Fired!

    Randall: YOU’RE HIRED!

  24. rain Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:19 pm

    This whole thing with Rebecca reminds me of Trump’s fixation on Amy in Season 1. What solved that problem was the interview session where the final 4, of which Amy was one, were interviewed by Trump’s top executives. They all UNAMIOUSLY trashed Amy and said she was totally FLUFF. One of them even called her a “Stepford Wife!” Even Trump’s executive assistant chimed in to deliver her criticism of Amy! It was hilarious.

    For all of Trump’s brilliance in business, he has a thing for the pretty ladies and it affects his judgement. Sometimes his own staff have to step in to put a stop to it.

    The only reason that Rebecca got to the final 2, despite her losing record, was sheer luck because – 1) There were no interviews with Trump’s execs this season (guess why) and 2) Trump went on a firing rampage and fired all of Randal’s real competition.

    Rebecca didn’t even deserve to get as far as she did. She was 2nd by default, and a DISTANT 2nd at that. She should be glad. Get over it.

  25. ken Says:
    December 21st, 2005 at 2:51 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.

  26. amy Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 11:58 am

    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.

  27. joseph Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 1:44 pm

    You tell ‘em Amy!
    The truth ain’t pretty but its the truth.

    Rebecca has to learn the lesson of earning her job and not have someone give it to her as a gift.

  28. cant we get along Says:
    December 22nd, 2005 at 9:52 pm

    add boy randel, good luck.race had nothing to due with winning. so stop whinning randel supporter.

  29. James Mannan Says:
    December 23rd, 2005 at 3:00 am

    A week out on this thing what it all really boils down to is this. Trump turned to Randal and asked him to make his first critical decision as the new Apprentice. And he blew it. Blew it big. Nuclear-style blowing it. “Way bigger than any paltry mistakes any of the candidates made during the season” blowing it. Marcus style blowing it. Omarossa style blowing it. Yes yes you can argue that he had a right to do it, but what he did was disasterous from a PR standpoint. Now Donald Trump, well frankly he ain’t the smoothest character out there–we kind of expect him to do the awkward thing. And note DR was trying to be a nice guy and Randal basically made him look like a chump. You think the boss was happy? Randal’s defenses of his mistake make it seem he still doesn’t get what happened (though frankly I imagine he’s just a little too proud to admit he was wrong). Too bad. Life will go on for all of us I suspect.

    By the way–didn’t Rebecca already ask for a job in the Trump Organization? She needs to ask again? Huh.

  30. Killer B Says:
    December 24th, 2005 at 1:52 am

    Well, here’s my take on this whole thing:

    1) R&R really need to learn from two other noted “friends” from another season (namely Troy and Kwame): “Business is business, friends are friends. Don’t use them in the same sentence.” T&K can trash the hell out of each other in the boardroom, and still be the best of buds!

    2) If it weren’t for the fact that Rebecca told Randal that she was going to single out Clay, I’d say she would have done the right thing in the boardroom. The mistakes that Randal made with the XM radio task were pretty big (although Rebecca as a leader didn’t do so hot, either).

    3) Randal was a star from day one. He was so much of a star that the entire fourth season was almost pointless, since nobody could really compare to him, education or ethics. They should have just handed him the job before the season started…or at least have someone else comparable in the competition…

    Conversely, Rebecca was not a star from day one. She alienated the other women early. She basically pulled a Kendra (stepped up near the end), but didn’t have a Tana to make her look better–but had arguably the most qualified candidate ever to…perhaps motivate her. So basically, she made a MAD comeback (and the Donald admiring her looks and feeling sorry for her on crutches wasn’t exactly water under the bridge…).

    It also helps that she is probably one of the best boardroom masters on the show…

    Her team in the final task, however, vouched for her (even if you don’t include Toral). Therefore, that says something about how much she grew up as a leader during the season. I do recall one of her team members stating to Donald Trump that she is the oldest 23 year old he’s ever met.

    Unfortunately, she matured about four tasks too late…

    4) For the first time ever, the final tasks ended in a draw. R&R basically did enough right and wrong to make their tasks appear equivalent. Rebecca had a smoother event, but raised no money; whereas Randal had a sloppier event, but raised money (keep in mind, though, that $11,000 in a celebrity auction is chump change). I am kind of curious about how much money those goodie bag pamphlets actually raised…

    5) As for the final result, I do agree that Randal made the right decision. However, EXECUTING that decision was his biggest mistake. From a PR standpoint, he should have reiterated how much he respected Rebecca, stated that he had nothing against her, and stated again that he believes that there should only be one Apprentice. In his defense, he did have only a split second to make that decision.

    Rebecca, OTOH, should have been mature enough to see it from that perspective. Unfortunately, The Apprentice blurs the line between competition and job placement, so there is a bit of ambiguity regarding whether a double hiring is right or wrong.

    6) I think both R&R knew about the possibility of the double-hiring (especially with Randal’s “single and sole apprentice” reasoning). Rebecca probably knew that she couldn’t fight Randal’s education and PM record, so she was probably hoping for a double-hire.

    7) They both need to mature a bit if they are going to be successful in the future. Randal made a PR mistake in the execution of his decision, so he’s paying for it (somewhat unfairly, but again, this was more of a communication problem than an ethics problem). Rebecca needs to stop looking at herself as a victim. Otherwise, these execs from Yahoo and other companies that want to hire her may change their mind, and she’ll ultimately end up throwing those opportunities (and perhaps her life as she knows it) away because she wanted people to feel sorry for her…

  31. Dennis Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 3:45 pm

    To everyone defending and endlessly recounting the reasons Randal won, to you I say bravo, you are correct, but you missed the point. Randal won the apprentice and should have, my God, talk about cred. He blew it when he denied someone possibly their greatest moment for absolutely no reason and with no sacrifice. Everybody watching at home could see this coming a mile away. Multiple firings, something new, OK then, multiple h_ _ ings, right? Oh Randal, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  32. Afirmative Action Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 5:30 pm

    Anyone find it interesting his entire multimillino dollar company only has
    “brothers” aka african americans.

    Can anyone point out a large consulting company with only one exclsuive
    race from the secretary to the executives? Fk anyone that says it’s time an
    African American won, if he was trump the company wouldn’t have a non
    african american and never would.

  33. Kmoney Says:
    December 27th, 2005 at 6:07 pm

    I watched the series and I have to say that, from the beginning, it was plain to see that Randall would make it all the way to the final. Even if his education and business successes were unknown previously, you could see that he had what it took to prevail and be the next apprentice. He didn’t resort to backstabbing, setting another member up to fail or doing just enough not to get fired–he did his part in each task. If you took just Randall and Rebecca’s performances and put them down on paper and compared each bullet point, it would be clear that Randall came out on top in every category. As was previously mentioned by another person, if you are hiring for a CEO position at a company and all the candidates applying for the position knows that you are only interested in 1 person, the best of the bunch, that is what they are out to prove themselve as being. Randall proved that he was the best candidate for the job and should not be put down because he chose not to share his position. How are you going to ask the person that is hired if he wanted to share his position with the runner-up, the person that he out shined to win fair and square. A distant runner-up who only succeeded at 1 of 4 tasks—and that 1 was with your help. If you were that newly hired CEO, you can’t tell me that if asked, you would agree to share your position with a runner-up–someone whose final grade was a “25″ in school that’s an “F”, I’ll say again, that’s an “F”. I bet you would do just what Randall did—I know it and you know it. I give big props to Randall. Just looking at the way he handled himself, tells me that he is destined to be a big success in the Trump organization.

  34. Shyla Says:
    December 31st, 2005 at 3:02 pm

    Rebecca was the loser. Randall was the WINNER. No winner ever has been asked to share the prize with the LOSER. So, why is Rebecca – so ordinary and also incompetent by comparison to Randall being elevated to his circle. No other winner is ever asked to share his winnings with the LOSER. PERIOD. RANDALL IS THE SOLE WINNER.

    I think all this bellyaching about Rebecca is due to the fact that Randall is black and Rebecca white. It is a classic case of racism and I would like to clarify that I am neither black nor white.

  35. Dara Says:
    January 2nd, 2006 at 12:38 am

    Will you morons please quit using the word “share”? Trump never asked Randal to share anything. Rebecca’s salary would not lessen Randal’s salary. She would not have been sitting at a desk in Randal’s office. She wouldn’t even be working on the same project. Her being hired would not lessen his victory. He won the competition.

    In fact, he blew his nice-guy image right out of the water. I guess he doesn’t want to pretend anymore. He is obviously no nice guy!

    Frankly, I loved Randal until the last competition, where I thought he blew it big time. Yet Trump chose him. I can live with that.
    Even though Randal lost his cool several times during discussions regarding the last task! Rebecca kept her head, in case you didn’t notice.

    But, Randal pissed me off. What you and I think doesn’t really matter, though.

    Trump, George, and Caroline all agreed that the decision was VERY close. Randal should have acquiesced to Trump’s suggestion. That would have been a smart business decision. Let the boss be generous. Then, people would still be saying what a nice guy Randal is. Smart and nice.

    As it is, Randal’s selfish decision, which would have cost him nothing, will probably hurt his career. I’ll be surprised if Trump keeps him longer than a year.

  36. heather curtis Says:
    January 2nd, 2006 at 7:28 am

    trump putting randal on the spot is just trump being a businessman. this “controversy” was staged so that more people will talk about the show. now that a lot of people are talking about it, it just means that more money will be pouring in on the next season.
    reality tv is really just about playing with people’s emotions.

  37. BabyG Says:
    January 10th, 2006 at 4:07 am

    I am a full supporter of Rebecca. Sure, I would have chosen Randal if I had to choose one, but that was not the case. Rebecca would have gotten the job with Trump had Randall not been selfish. No matter what anyone says, and no matter how many “wins” or “losses” Rebecca had, no one can deny that she presented herself exceptionally well. She is an amazing leader, she has great organizational skills, she is a team player, she gets her message accross better than I’ve heard anyone do, and she deserves a high ranked position due to her accomplishments and potential. She’ll make it big either way, but its real unfortunate that the end decision was put on Randal just moments after he was in the bliss of being hired. If you are reading this Mr. Trump… hire Rebecca!

  38. mojo Says:
    January 14th, 2006 at 3:14 am

    BabyG – I feel sorry for any company that would hire someone for a job despite the fact that she failed every opportunity they gave her to prove herself. Rebecca failed every task but then said “hire me anyway because I’m pretty and spunky.”

    It’s probably a prelude to what she’ll do on the job anyway. She’ll fail every task she’s given but then expect to score sympathy points and still get the promotion because she talks a good game – oh, I mean that she “presents herself exceptionally well.”

    Tell Rebecca to just look for some “fluffy” job where she doesn’t actually have to deliver anything. She can just look pretty.

  39. Jordan Says:
    June 7th, 2006 at 10:01 pm

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  40. abajan Says:
    October 28th, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    NOW I understand why it’s so difficult to locate Apprentice Season 4 on the official NBC site.

    In Barbados, Apprentice 4 is the one that’s currently airing and it’s down to Rebecca and Randall.

    Well, curiosity got the better of me and so I searched the official site for the winner. All I could get was a message stating that the “page no longer exists”.

    Figures.

    I guess Trump is showing his true colours (no pun intended).

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