Has tough boardroom boss Donald Trump gone soft? Well, if his grand gesture at the end of Sunday's episode of "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" is anything to go by, then the answer is yes!
It all happened after Team Power lost yet another challenge. When tasked with creating an engaging tourism campaign for South Africa, it was Brande Roderick who led the team to a loss against Plan B's superior ad.
Trump, with this week's boardroom advisor -- former contestant Bret Michaels -- by his side, grilled Roderick about the failure and her odd choice to have Marilu Henner and Trace Adkins face the firing squad with her.
"You're with two people who don't deserve to be fired, wouldn't you agree?" Trump said.
Omarosa made it through yet another episode of the boardroom competition.
By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor
Is it too soon to crown Omarosa the winner of the all-star season of "Celebrity Apprentice"? Sure, she might not be the strongest player, and she's already employed some of her signature low-blow tactics, but the reality TV villain has what it takes to make it to the end -- at least if the current boardroom trend continues.
On Sunday night, for the second week in a row, Omarosa was arguably the weakest link on Team Power, and the project manager wasn't shy about saying so. And despite that fact, for the second week in a row, the project manager didn't bring her back to the boardroom for a shot at getting fired.
"In the history of ‘The Apprentice' -- 13 seasons, top show -- I’ve been surprised, really, a few times," Donald Trump said. "The most surprised ever, EVER was when Omarosa didn't get brought back in the last one with La Toya. That was shocking. I think the second (most shocking) is that you didn't bring back Omarosa (this time). … I think it’s a stupid decision."
But that wasn't Claudia's only stupid decision on Sunday night's show. In addition to not bringing Omarosa back, she thought it would be a good idea to put Lil Jon on the chopping block -- the man executives called the star of the most recent challenge.
Ultimately, it wasn't really important who Claudia picked to stand beside her. According to Trump, it wouldn't have changed her fate.
"If Omarosa were brought back, it wouldn't have mattered," he insisted. "You're the project manager, you failed."
The ultimate "Celebrity Apprentice" face-off is about to begin. The best of the best, the worst of the worst, and all the fan favorites in between are set to return for the show's first all-star season, and according to boss Donald Trump, the quest for the top job is going to be wild.
"It's probably as tough and mean and nasty as we've had so far," he told Matt Lauer during a Wednesday morning visit to TODAY.
That's not hard to imagine given the polarizing personalities ready to clash for another shot at reality TV glory. Bret Michaels, Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman, La Toya Jackson, Dee Snider, Lisa Rinna, Lil Jon, Penn Jilette, Marilu Henner, Stephen Baldwin, Trace Adkins, Claudia Jordan, Brande Roderick and classic 'Apprentice' villain Omarosa are all onboard.
In fact, from what Trump has seen of the unaired action so far, one star is at the heart of many of those clashes.
"A lot of people are not getting along with Omarosa," Trump said to the surprise of absolutely no one who watched Omarosa's first stint on the show. "She's brutal!"
But it's not all about boardroom backbiting. The stars have another big objective.
"They've raised millions and millions of dollars with 'Celebrity Apprentice' for charity," Trump boasted of the all-stars. "I'll tell you, the first night (of the new season), we raised over $1 million for one charity."
See what else the big boss and his daughter Ivanka Trump had to say about the show in the clip above, and catch the charitable acts and "mean and nasty" gameplay for yourself when the all-star season "Celebrity Apprentice" premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Donald Trump has been making his opinions known on Twitter for some time now, earning special attention for posts he made after President Barack Obama was re-elected on Nov. 6.
But now another big celebrity has jumped into the arena and is engaging in a Twitter fight with the billionaire -- Cher.
Cher's not the only one who objects to Macy's involvement with Trump. Over a half-million people have signed a petition asking the department store chain to cut ties with the billionaire, saying otherwise they will cut up their Macy's credit cards.
Stay tuned. With two such vocal and Twitter-happy celebs involved, this feud may not be over.
Ted Nugent said on Twitter: "I cry tears of blood for The Last Best Place & the warriors who died for this tragedy."
By Randee Dawn, TODAY contributor
The election of President Barack Obama to a second term Tuesday night had many cheering in the streets, and the Twitterverse alight with commentary (and his most-ever-retweeted photo, once he posted a picture of himself hugging wife Michelle). But not everybody was so happy.
In fact, some were downright furious.
Donald Trump may have been the most outraged, releasing a stream of Tweets that ran the gamut from calling for a revolution ("He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!" which was later deleted) to declaring, "We are not a democracy!"
That kind of commentary led NBC's Brian Williams to call Trump out, noting the businessman has now "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible." Trump was back at it on Wednesday, firing off a series of tweets aimed at the "Nightly News" anchor.
Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Victoria Jackson also sent through a list of tweets, noting "I can't stop crying" multiple times and that "America died" last night. "Thanks a lot Christians, for not showing up. You disgust me," she tweeted.
Meanwhile, Ted Nugent kept things blunt, tweeting: "Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America." (Typos left as tweeted.) Later, he added, "Goodluk America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools"
Stephen Baldwin felt similarly, tweeting: "2nite Gods Spirit lifted within me&joy came over me, I will serve the Lord, my hope is in Jesus not Obama, Gods wrath is upon US. 2Thes2:11" (Typos left as tweeted.)
"The Middle's" Patricia Heaton, however, was disappointed but kept her comments relatively mild. "Bracing for 4 more yrs of high taxes, high unemployment, high debt," she tweeted, adding later, "At least the president can't blame the mess he's 'inheriting' on anyone else but himself!"
“Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again--just watch,” Trump tweeted.
Perhaps Trump was disturbed by the news that Stewart recently purchased a home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A., just a mile away from the home she once shared with Pattinson.
“He can do much better,” Trump added of the actor.
Trump also gave his proclamations on several other notable people, including NFL star Michael Vick (“a great athlete but not a great quarterback”), President Obama (“just stop already”) and Anthony Baxter, maker of the anti-Trump documentary "You’ve Been Trumped" (“Take a hint and get out of the film business, loser.”).
On Sunday, BBC Two plans to air "You've Been Trumped," a documentary chronicling a battle between residents of Scotland who opposed Trump's attempt to turn a wilderness area into a golf course resort.
So did the business mogul have any praise to dole out? Trump did compliment Mitt Romney, tweeting that the Republican presidential candidate’s “proposed tax cuts for the middle class will spur record economic growth.”
Trump returns to NBC for an all-star season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2013.
Here's more proof that everything Donald Trump does is the biggest and the best: A new documentary about Trump's construction of a golf course is Scotland has only been out in the U.K. for two weeks, but in that time it has become the highest-rated British film of all time on IMDb.
That's right: according to the website's users, "You've Been Trumped" is better than "Lawrence of Arabia," better than "The Bridge on the River Kwai," better than "The King's Speech," better than any other British production ever.
(One caveat: British-born directors Alfred Hitchcock and Christopher Nolan each placed a pair of films higher on the list - but in all four cases, those films were funded, set and shot in the U.S.)
"You've Been Trumped," shot in Scotland and made by Scottish director Anthony Baxter, has a current user rating of 8.5 among what IMDb called "regular users," whose rankings determine the site's charts. That ties the film with "Citizen Kane," "Dr. Strangelove," "Taxi Driver," "North by Northwest," "City Lights" and "American Beauty" (the last three American productions from British-born directors) as the 35th greatest movie of all time.
On the separate documentary chart, it ranks third, just behind the Alain Resnais' 1955 landmark "Night and Fog" and, in an indication of how early enthusiasm can skew the charts, the recent doc about the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team, "The Other Dream Team."
The Donald would no doubt appreciate and even expect the superlatives, if not for the fact that "You've Been Trumped" is a virulently anti-Trump movie. A chronicle of how Trump purchased hundreds of acres to build a golf course on the northeast coast of Scotland, near the location of the 1983 film "Local Hero," it details land grabs, local protests and roughshod environmental practices undertaken with the cooperation of Scottish officials.
Trump, meanwhile, insists that the construction will be "environmentally perfect," while dismissing an angry local with lines like, "He lives like a pig."
"The Trump who appears in Baxter's film is a bully and a blowhard," wrote Sports Illustrated's Michael Bamberger, who liked the movie but thinks the man is slightly more nuanced than that.
The film has won awards at several international film festivals, notwithstanding the fact that Trump himself has reportedly called it "boring."
"You've Been Trumped" will be released in Los Angeles - where Trump fought a few more battles building a golf course in Palos Verdes - on Aug. 17.
Critics, by the way, have been only marginally less enthusiastic than IMDb users. The film stands at 92 percent positive on Rotten Tomatoes, which places it above "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Beasts of the Southern Wild" but below "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Invisible War."
Historians are usually able to look back and pinpoint the factors that caused the greatest of nations to fall into decline. If it ever comes time to dissect what happened to the United States, they will likely boil it down to one word: WINNING.
Yes, folks — when a Charlie Sheen manic outburst becomes an inspirational motto for a nation, it's the beginning of the end. Sadly, historians will likely have other moments to illustrate our cultural collapse, including Kim Kardashian's blink-and-you-missed-it marriage, which generated more money than some cities' annual budgets, and the fact that some people took Donald Trump's possible presidential candidacy seriously.
No wonder the Occupy Wall Street protest avoided the 1 percent's crazy sibling — Hollywood.
KEEPING IT KLASSY: Some things are meant to last one season: bright pink flip-flops, a relationship with George Clooney, the McRib at McDonald's. But not marriage. And while celebrity marriages can flame out quickly, the implosion of Kim Kardashian's 72-day union with Kris Humphries was all the more spectacular because of the hype that preceded it: the 20.5-carat diamond engagement ring, the engagement party, the three wedding-day gowns, the two-part TV special — even Kate Middleton would have said, "Enough already!" It was more distasteful because it was filmed for her reality show, garnering her more cash than gifts. By the end of the year, the backlash was so strong, she headed to Haiti for charity work, looking to improve her bruised image. Or, perhaps, to find hubby No. 3.
IF THIS IS WINNING, LOSING MUST REALLY SUCK: Celebrities have meltdowns in public all the time, yet we hadn't had a really epic breakdown since Britney Spears shaved her head bald. Maybe that's what made Charlie Sheen's collapse so transfixing. He gave us everything we expected in a train wreck — and more: Custody battles! Jittery interviews! Goddesses! And of course, "WINNING!" Watching his daily dose of acting crazy was more entertaining — and addictive — than any episode of "Two and a Half Men." But we overdosed when Sheen went on his stand-up tour, which basically gave him a pass to go on rambling diatribes on foolish people's dimes. Sadly, even as pathetic as it was, it still had more live vocals than a Britney tour.
TODAY'S WORD OF THE DAY IS "EWWWWWWW": We didn't realize Justin Bieber had reached puberty, so it came as a shock when Mariah Yeater claimed he was the baby daddy to her months-old son following an alleged romp after one of his concerts — when she was 19, and he was just 16. A paternity suit was filed, DNA tests were bandied about, all while Maury Povich salivated from the sidelines. But, alas, we never got a chance to see Bieber do the customary pimp-walk strut to the phrase "You are NOT the father!" Yeater withdrew her paternity claim as her story started to collapse and Bieber took a paternity test. We would have preferred that Biebs prove his manhood with a passable mustache.
THE DONALD WOULD RATHER BE EMPEROR: Donald Trump got the media buzzing when he announced his intention to run for president — maybe. To burnish his credentials as a conservative Republican, he seized on the so-called "birther" bandwagon by stoking doubt about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship. In the end, Obama released his Hawaiian "long form" birth certificate proving he is indeed a "natural-born citizen," as the Constitution requires. And, unfortunately, so is Trump.
WHY CELEBS SHOULD FLY IN PRIVATE JETS: Because they cannot behave themselves on commercial flights. Alec Baldwin was kicked off a flight for refusing to stop playing a cellphone game while the plane was parked at the gate. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong was denied a seat because of his sagging pants, and Gerard Depardieu urinated on a plane ahead of takeoff, apparently unable and/or unwilling to hold his bladder until he got the OK to move about the cabin. Next time you see a celebrity on your plane, instead of asking for an autograph, ask for a seat far, far away.
PROOF THERE ARE NO SURPRISES IN LIFE: Kat Von D broke up with Jesse James, saying she was shocked — yes shocked! — that James, who was unfaithful to Sandra Bullock during her Oscar campaign, had also allegedly cheated on her — with 19 women.
TONE DEAF: At just 13, Rebecca Black became a sensation — and laughingstock — of the Internet, thanks to her hard-on-the-ears tune, "Friday," which her parents paid producers to make, along with the now infamous video on YouTube. Seemingly oblivious to the wonders of Auto-Tune, Black's nasally warbling became embedded in the brain like a bad virus. And yet she sounded better than any LMFAO tune.
LOOK, IT'S CHRIS BROWN — DUCK!: Chris Brown's star, seemingly forever tarnished after beating then-girlfriend Rihanna, was on the rise when he decided to go on "Good Morning America" to perform and talk to host Robin Roberts. But Roberts' decision to ask about the Rihanna incident got under Brown's skin. After the interview, he trashed his dressing room, even breaking a window. Yet people continued to buy copies of his comeback album. Apparently, fear is the best motivator.
WAS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE THE SEQUEL TO THE FILM "TWINS"? When Maria Shriver announced that she was divorcing Arnold Schwarzenegger after 25 years of marriage and a stint in the California governor's mansion, we thought it was because she'd finally seen those tiny Speedo pictures. But then we learned that not only did he cheat on her with the family housekeeper, but he and the housekeeper had a son together around the time Maria gave birth to their child, also a boy. Guess it wasn't the wisest decision to let Schwarzenegger be in charge of giving out the employee bonuses.
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