Celebrity Apprentice Recap: Brandi Glanville Strips Down To Lingerie And Has Panic Attack, Plus Two Stars Fired
Monday’s double episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice” featured two challenges, some lingerie, and one charitable boardroom move that made “Apprentice” history. Get the full recap here!
For the first task, the contestants had to develop a four-page fitness editorial to be featured in the “hot and healthy” pages of Cosmopolitan, as well as on their body app, with judgment based on originality, creativity, and overall presentation. Johnny Damon stepped up to lead the men, while Jamie Anderson took on project manager for the women, putting two athletes at the helm.
Anderson, an Olympic snowboarder, was “really excited” to lead the charge, wanting to spotlight natural beauty, and fellow Olympian Shawn Johnson wanted to take an Olympics spin. Brandi Glanville, though, worried it wasn’t glam enough, and Kenya Moore believed sex needed to play a role. They ultimately decided to focus on how to tone up all the places men love to touch, though Moore and Glanville clashed on how responsibilities should be divided. Moore was voted out as a model, and became angered when her nemesis was nominated. “You want a stick figure in your ads, when you can have all this woman?” she complained. “B*tch is dumb as rocks.”
As the shoot got underway, there was some confusion over what exercise poses were needed, prompting Moore to lose patience with Anderson, and then get frustrated when Glanville didn’t want to shed any of her clothes. The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star eventually gave in, wearing just her bra to give the pictures the sexy factor they were after. Meanwhile, Vivica Fox and Kate Gosselin earned Anderson’s ire for taking hours on their shopping trip and missing three quarters of the shoot. Leeza Gibbons worried the finished piece wouldn’t be cohesive, with some aspects focusing on sexy moves and others embracing more of the Olympic theme.
The men hilariously paged through old Cosmo issues (with Ian Ziering quipping that his wife needs to read it so they could “bridge the gap” on things that are hard to discuss), and Damon embraced Geraldo Rivera’s idea to do a selfie-based concept, with the Terrell Owens’ slogan, “Love Your Selfie Naked.” The baseball player, however, became quite uncomfortable as Rivera used him to demonstrate how Damon and his wife should pose for the spread, leading to some awkward visuals and the line, “Please tell me that was your thumb.” Damon and his wife Michelle were tasked with modeling some sexual poses while partially-clothed, with Owens and a fitness model taking on exercise moves, in addition to the footballer developing a diet plan.
Lorenzo Lamas took it upon himself to direct the shoot, and Ziering once again butted heads with Rivera when the talk show personality “hated” the actor’s personal essay on pole dancing. “I don’t, like, hate the guy,” Rivera said. “I just think he’s kind of a brick.” He went on to call Ziering’s shoot with a pole dancer “cheesy,” and then stripped down to his boxers in an attempt to, um, make things sexier. Owens quipped, “I admire him for his enthusiasm, but he could’ve kept his pants on.” Still, it was decided that Rivera would recreate his infamous nude selfie photo, even though Lamas worried it wouldn’t “appeal to the demographic.”
At the presentations, the judging panel for the men were all smiles, and Ziering was super confident. Johnson was similarly convinced the women pulled it off, but Moore still worried it wasn’t sexy enough. Back in the boardroom, Rivera admitted it was hard for the guys to approach this kind of challenge, and Moore declared herself the female “star” of the week, and Anderson backed her up, crediting her for leading the shoot and overseeing the pages. Glanville, however, deemed Moore “evil,” and the two traded barbs once more, with Anderson sticking by Moore.
It was eventually revealed the judges loved the guys’ concept and that they authored the written parts, but felt there was a lack of “specific takeaways.” As for the girls, it was said they used good buzzwords, but had a “disconnect” among their pages that made it feel like three separate pieces. Damon and his team were declared the winners, scoring a payday for the Johnny Damon Foundation. The women’s loss, of course, gave the opportunity for more sparring as the contestants tried to assign blame, and Anderson held the “Housewives” responsible for dividing their concept instead of going entirely with the Olympian idea.
Anderson attempted to defend herself, saying she became a team player and chosen to listen to the two women who actually read Cosmo, and noting that as a project manager, she didn’t want to cause trouble by demanding to have her way. Moore, Glanville, and Kate Gosselin were among the names thrown out for firings, as each lady gave their professional and sometimes personal reasons. But forced to keep two people with her in jeopardy, the athlete chose Moore and Gosselin. Moore was quite angered that Glanville wasn’t selected, and Johnson then admitted she made the wrong decision and should’ve chosen Glanville, even trying to get Donald Trump to call her back to be fired.
Trump agreed it was a mistake to led Glanville slide, and he and Gosselin wondered if her young age affected Anderson’s perspective. Moore pointed out she won Miss USA at 22, and was capable of making business decisions, so that should be no excuse for Anderson. The snowboarder still tried to plead her innocence and pin things on Moore and Glanville, but Trump told her, “You do have a certain amount of indecision and you have made some mistakes. Jamie, you’re fired.”
For the second task, the teams had to open a wedding boutique to sell bridal gowns and make as much money as possible, with the victory based on the total money raised. But before they could get to work, Trump changed up the teams, mixing the genders for the first time this season. They were now: Ziering, Owens, Gibbons, Moore, Glanville, and Damon versus Rivera, Gosselin, Lamas, Fox, Johnson, and Sig Hansen, with Ziering and Rivera stepping up as project managers. This marked Rivera’s second time as a team leader, and he was determined to trump Ziering (no pun intended).
Ziering attempted to motivate his team by explaining his charity, the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, and then vowed to deliver at least $185,000 from his contacts. His new teammates got to work making calls for donations, but he worried that Glanville was isolating herself. She was actually dismayed to see Moore seemingly kissing up to Ziering, and wanted to keep her distance to avoid drama. There was also concern over Owens’ progress or lack thereof.
As decorating got underway, Glanville was again MIA, and she called Ziering saying she was having a “panic attack” and had to leave, and promised to do her emails from her hotel bed. Owens labeled her a “quitter,” and Moore wasn’t surprised but quite pissed off, though she gloated at seemingly getting under Glanville’s skin. The reality star returned the next day, however, and felt “vindicated” when her money started pouring in. Moore, meanwhile, worked on helping prospective buyers with fittings, and Ziering used his “Chippendales” pals to woo women on the street. He was later overcome with emotion when $165,000 from one of his donors came through.
Rivera, confident with his new team, was convinced he could top whatever Ziering raised, but everyone was surprised when Gosselin, who didn’t bring in anything during the last fundraising challenge, promised $50,000. Gosselin admitted she was “worried” her money wouldn’t come in again, but also believed they needed to do something to draw people into their store over their competitors’. So, the reality star enlisted celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson to give bridal hair makeovers, and Gosselin even volunteered to don a gown with Rivera as her groom.
Rivera got some checks from his “Fox & Friends” colleagues, and a $100,000 one from billionaire Stewart Rahr alone. The clock was ticking as Gosselin waited for her donor, and Owens, on Ziering’s team, was struggling to get his money, too. Both Rivera and Ziering pushed, and Owens noted that he couldn’t force people to give and felt uncomfortable repeatedly asking people. And then Gosselin’s check, ultimately for $30,000, finally came through.
In the boardroom, Ziering and Rivera were both convinced they outraised the other. The actor said he had a strong team, but noted there were some “personal issues” with Glanville, who insisted it didn’t have to do with Moore, who in turn said her nemesis “checked out” because she couldn’t take the pressure. On the other side, Gosselin said she was “in awe” of Rivera’s business sense. But who won?! Well, with a grand total of nearly $600,000 raised and a difference of JUST $2,500 between the teams, Trump, for the first time ever in 14 seasons, asked the project managers whether they wanted to make wagers. Ziering and Rivera had to decide whether they would split the money between both their charities regardless of who won, or go for broke, knowing that whoever lost, their respective philanthropy would get nothing. While that meant they each had a chance of getting almost $600K for their charity, they opted to split instead of risking losing it all.
It was ultimately revealed Ziering’s team raised $292,547 to Rivera’s $294,780, making the journalist the victor, and giving him his portion for Life’s Work. Trump, however, added to each total to make it $300,000 even for the two respective charities. Everyone seemed to agree that Ziering, who raised the most on his team by far, more than did his part as project manager, even though they lost. He tried to argue that no one let him down, but Owens and Damon, however, brought in small amounts compared to the rest of their teammates, and Ziering said the football player’s total was actually a little lower than the baseball player’s by a few thousand. Not surprisingly, he kept the two sports stars in the boardroom in jeopardy with him.
Ziering was upset that either guy had to go, and they all understood it wasn’t “personal.” Owens said he had someone that didn’t come through with at least $5,000, an amount that would’ve been enough to give their team the win. The athlete said he was disappointed, but refused to throw the unnamed person under the bus. Trump made clear he couldn’t fire Ziering, both for his fundraising and his “wise” decision to split the winnings. Ziering voted for Owens, and Owens agreed that he failed. Trump then said, “Terrell, you’re fired.” What do you think of tonight’s eliminations?