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Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Meatball Madness

March 03, 2013 10:08 PM by Veronica Dudo

What does meatballs and celebrities have in common? It’s the first challenge the 14 celebrities take on during the premiere of NBC’s hit reality TV series Celebrity Apprentice. Donald Trump returns to the boardroom with an all-star cast from past seasons along with Ivanka Trump and Piers Morgan. Fundraising on both teams sets a new record for a first task and impresses The Donald! Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and Paul Teutul Sr. all make appearances! Keep reading to find out who is the first celeb to hear, “You’re Fired!”

Right out of the gate, the 14 returning celebrities must create and sell meatballs in a fundraising competition for charity. The celebrities divide into two teams. Bret Michaels’ team name is Power and includes Brande Roderick, La Toya Jackson, Omarosa Manigault, Lil Jon, Claudia Jordan and Dennis Rodman. Trace Adkins’ team, Plan B includes Stephen Baldwin, Lisa Rinna, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Gary Busey and Penn Jillette. Brande Roderick is the Project Manager for Team Power and Trace Adkins is the Project Manager for Team Plan B.

The drama starts already when La Toya Jackson starts commenting about the number one villain in reality TV history, Omarosa Manigault. La Toya says she doesn’t understand why Omarosa is on the show because she isn’t a celebrity! She also adds that Omarosa is evil and mean and she doesn’t want to be around that kind of person!

The challenge begins and after making their meatballs, both teams have special opportunities to appear on Live with Kelly and Michael. Brande selects Lil Jon and Bret Michaels to represent Team Power while Trace Adkins selects Marilu Henner and Penn Jillette to represent Team Plan B.

Donald Trump reveals that Kelly and Michael liked Brande’s team’s meatballs the best so Team Power wins an additional $20,000 to be totaled into their donations.

With Brande at the helm, Team Power is hard at work selling meatballs and making calls for donations. Paul Teutul Sr. and former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Straub show up and make donations to Team Power. Omarosa is the cashier, in-charge of collecting and keeping track of all of the donations. Meanwhile, Team Plan B has a very different approach. Trace Adkins’ risky strategy is to tap into their resources—collecting donations from friends. Trace even puts: “Closed for Private Event” signs on the doors. However, he pulls in a $100,000 donation from a single donor.

In the boardroom, Donald Trump announces that Team Plan B rose a little over $419,000 without selling a meatball! As for Team Power, they raised slightly under 250,000, with Brande singlehandedly bringing in about $132,000. In the end, Donald Trump tells Trace Adkins he will have the honor of bringing his charity–the Red Cross–a check for $670,000.

Now, the real battle begins as each celebrity on Team Power squirms hoping to keep their place in the competition. Brande’s managerial skills are not up to par but even Donald Trump admits that she still raised a ton of money. Things get really out of control when Donald asks each celebrity how much they raised and after adding up their answers, the total is over the actual amount! Brande, the Project Manager defers to her cashier, Omarosa who can’t even give the exact amount that everybody brought in. Donald, Piers and Ivanka quickly grow annoyed with the conflicting totals. Team Plan B is watching from their suite all of the drama unfold and agree that Omarosa is throwing Bret under the bus. Brande brings back in Bret Michaels and La Toya Jackson who according to Omarosa raised under $20,000 each but they maintain that they brought in more than that. Donald Trump chooses to fire Bret Michaels.

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11 Responses to “Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Meatball Madness”

  1. Grammaw Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 5:10 am

    It doesn’t matter – Bret is STILL a winner!

  2. Susie Smith Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Bret Michaels should NOT have been fired. Brande should have went head to head with Omarosa in the board room. Brande should have been fired, first because she did not take control of finances as a leader and second she was afraid of Omarosa out-talking her in the boardroom. Trump keeps Omarosa for the trouble she causes. He enjoys a continual brewing argument.

  3. Vionet McCombs Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    It’s a shame that Mr Baldwin did not contribute – so it’s only fair that when his turn to b project mgr rolls around that nobody contributes either

  4. John the Movie Guy Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Bret Michaels should not have been fired, it was a vendetta set by the Donald because Bret rejoined the show as a competitor. Here’s a celebrity who cares passionatly about his charity and wants to continue to raise money for the charity and find a cure for diabetes. What does the Donald do? Ridicules him and then ultimatly fires him. Oh Brande was safe, she messed up big time but she could never have gotten fired last night because she brought in the most money?!?!?!? Get Real!

  5. sher Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Omorosa was determined to get Bret Michaels fired from the get go. I’m sure she sabotaged her team just so she could get him kicked off. Never cared much for Piers Morgan, but I’m with him on this one.

  6. Jane Sanges Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I have watched every episode since the beginning, and I have the utmost respect for Mr. Trump (I’m 63, so have experienced many of life’s ups and downs). But I really disagreed with him firing Bret Michaels….just didn’t understand or agree with that decision!

  7. Deb Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Fired Bret Michaels who tons of viewers LOVE..Stupid decision. He should have fired Brande

  8. Maria Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Brande should havew been fired. She had no idea what her team did or did not do. Omarosa should be fired for being a bare faced cheating liar. Bring back Brett.

  9. terry Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Absolutely not…this decision was THE most ridiculous Trump has ever made. I WILL NOT WATCH THE SHOW AGAIN THIS SEASON!

  10. crystal Says:
    March 4th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    To bad….I was only going to watch this show for Brett because I like on the previous season. I guess he saved me the whole season to watch something else !

  11. Ann Says:
    March 5th, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I was very annoyed at Trump firing Bret…and Bret’s face looked so down when he was leaving…Trump should have accepted that Bret wanted to return and raise money for his charity…


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