Guest Author - Kathie LoMonaco
"I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar" - those are the words ringing in my ear as I celebrate my girl, Joan Rivers, taking the title of Celebrity Apprentice (No. 8) - showing everyone that she's a force to be reckoned with and a woman not to be taken lightly - even at the age of 75 - as week after week she showed her mettle in the wild and wooly world of Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice No. 8.
Joan outlasted every celebrity candidate over the past weeks; thus proving to us that age does not have to hold you back - it is not something to be used against someone - especially a person with her experience, her credentials. Joan has always been a survivor - a woman who has taken lemons time and again and made lemonade. She is certainly an inspiration to all of us - especially us Midlifers.
Each week the contestants vied for the chance to run one of Trump's companies for a year; each of those weeks Trump fired someone from the losing team until he selected an apprentice at the end of the line - which in the final week, pitted Annie Duke and Joan Rivers against one another in the final showdown. Annie Duke is the very successful poker player who has won millions of dollars playing poker. She also brought in the most money for her charity during the show. During the course of the show, especially the final weeks, Annie and Joan became bitter enemies, constantly sniping at each other.
It was a climactic ending as The Donald said to Annie - "I guess you know what I'm going to say...you're fired"...then he turned to Joan and said 'you're hired'...the camera was focused on Annie and I caught the look on her face when Donald said 'you're fired'..she was totally dumbstruck!
Joan raised $125,716.39 for her charity, which was 'Gods Love We Deliver'. All totalled, $250,000 went to her charity. According to Entertainment Weekly, the reality show garnered more than 8,000,000 viewers a week!
Among the celebrities gone by the wayside over the past weeks were Dennis Rodman, Herschel Walker, Clint Black (married to actress Lisa Hartman), Jesse James (married to actress Sandra Bullock), Brande Roderick, Tom Green, Brian McKnight. I found McKnight to be egotistical and obnoxious. He seemed to be self-promoting on the show - he seemed to have his own agenda.
It was a rude awakening seeing some of these 'celebrities' with their peculiar personalities revealed as the weeks unfolded - some had such odd behavior and ways about them - at times it was just incredulous to behold. At one meeting with Donald Trump, he called Jesse James a 'stiff' and even voiced his puzzlement at what Sandra Bullock saw in him in the first place - he then concluded that it must be that Jesse is 'good in bed'. It was riveting to watch and hear these kinds of 'put downs' while in the middle of the Board Room discussing the business at hand! Even Trump's 'guest' visitor sitting to Trump's right side commented that they should stick to business after witnessing Trump's remark. But, it's Donald's show - and he does it his way!
Dennis Rodman was acting in true Rodman style showing up wearing a purple gown and matching hat for the last part of the show. No surprises there. Brande Roderick, who had become a puppet for Annie Duke, had bought herself some extra time but in the end she was eliminated as well. I, myself, did think Melissa Rivers did a very good job - but there was palpable resentment from Duke and Roderick as they started excluding her even though she was on their team - ultimately muscling her out of the show.
I have to concur that Jesse James had no personality whatsoever - and I myself wondered what possessed Bullock to choose as a life partner a guy such as James who exhibited such a boring, lacklustre personality time and time again. He was robotic - not to mention downright rude to Clint Black, at one point calling him 'stupid'. Both James and Black hemmed and hawed when asked their opinion in the finale on whether Joan or Annie should win - they were non-committal. Trump was infuriated at their sheepishness in not wanting to take a stand. In the end, Trump was clearly disgusted with both of them.
I had, previous to the show, always wondered what Clint Black was like as a person - now I wonder no more as I saw that he's caught up in his own world - the Clint Black world - but I do still wonder what his wife saw in him other than his looks. He came across as very male-chauvinistic and very rigid in his ways which was exasperating to watch - and I cannot imagine either him or Jesse changing their colors once they were at home in their own surroundings - which begs the question - what was it about these two men that attracted the likes of Lisa Hartman and Sandra Bullock? That is the million dollar question that I will always be curious about...
Can't wait for Celebrity Apprentice No. 9. Who will be the next group of celebrities to be humiliated on national television? Stay tuned and we'll see!
You can catch me on 'Twitter' as KathieBella - and by the way, Mr. Trump - thanks for the 'follow' - I appreciate it!