December 28, 2005 12:14 AM by Joe Blackmon
When we watched The Apprentice Martha Stewart finale, we kept thinking that everything was leading up to Bethenny Frankel being hired. Bethenny appeared to pull off the perfect event on her last task, while Dawna Stone had problems with the program for her event. Martha Stewart also repeatedly questioned if Dawna had vision (which is something that is very important for an employee of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia).
In fact the only thing that Bethenny apparently did wrong on the final task was that she gave a lukewarm handshake to the former candidates that helped her with the task. Of all people, Martha Stewart should have been able to relate to this since in a interview with BusinessWeek she called them “inappropriate contestants” and complained about actually having to hire one of them. If anything refusing to embrace her fellow contestants should have been a good thing about Bethenny in the eyes of Martha Stewart.
However, after all the build-up pointing to Bethenny as the winner, Martha Stewart then turned around and called Bethenny a “show-off” and hired Dawna. While the ultimate job of working with Body + Soul magazine did seem more suited to fit Dawna’s previous experience in the magazine industry, it did seem unusual that she was hired after all the build-up surrounding how she was outperformed on the last task.
Now, the New York Post is casting doubt on if Dawna Stone was really supposed to win. According to the New York Post, Charles Koppelman’s 6 year old granddaughter announced to the cast that Bethenny was going to win right before the finale. The New York Post also suggests that this announcement forced NBC to change the outcome of the show. While Martha’s final decision did not seem to match the review of the final task, we have to wonder why a 6 year old announcing to a private audience of cast members who was going to win would alter the outcome.