Last night on “Celebrity Apprentice”, the stars raised a record amount of money and Richard Hatch was sent home, but not before a lot of fussing, fighting and another apprentice leaving the show voluntarily.
The latest challenge was to organize a charity art auction, from artwork they made themselves. That may not sound too promising but they actually achieved something amazing: the highest amount of money EVER raised on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
But did team Backbone win again, despite an angry altercation between rocker Meat Loaf and actor, Gary Busey?
NeNe Leakes was still upset over eliminated contestant, Dionne Warwick, calling her a coward before she left, so Donald Trump had to step in and reassure her. He says NeNe Leakes is a lot of things, but not a coward. He got them right back on track with another challenge: creating their own works of art to sell in their own galleries. They must also each design baseball caps for New Era. The person with the best hat design will win $25,000 for their charity.
Team Backbone’s Project Manager, John Rich, immediately called his people and they guarantee him big bucks, so he gives his team a pep talk and demanded that they each do the same. However, there’s a problem. Jose Canseco explains to Donald Trump that his father’s cancer has worsened and he decides to leave the competition. Richard doubts Jose’s motives but the team decide to create a piece of artwork in honor of Canseco’s family.
Marlee Matlin took charge of Team A.S.A.P., and decides to see how LaToya Jackson will step up. Quite nicely, actually, using her bother Michael Jackson’s death to inspire her artwork. She also donated a very precious and valuable Michael Jackson t-shirt to the cause.
Things quickly go downhill with the boys as Meat Loaf explodes over missing art supplies. He totally loses it with Gary so badly that his team mates are forced to separate them. At that point, Jon Rich actually found the art supplies Meat Loaf accused Gary of taking. Epic fail, Meat Loaf!
Ironically, given their name, Team A.S.A.P. leaves it until rush hour in NYC to set up their gallery! The boys are all done by that point so Meat Loaf opportunity of the downtime to offer Gary Busey a tearful apology for his behavior, admitting that it was completely unwarranted.
With just 30 until showtime, team A.S.A.P. finally arrives at their gallery. But their artwork doesn’t! With 5 minutes to, the truck makes it to the gallery, and the ladies — all in heels — run out to the truck to start unloading and try to hang as much as they can themselves.
Backbone’s exhibition brings in some amazing donations but after a slow start, things get going at the A.S.A.P. gallery.
After the exhibitions, Donald Trump asks about the incident between Meat Loaf and Gary Busey, and Mark and Meat Loaf complimenting John’s management style. La Toya Jackson won the hat challenge and gained $25,000 for her charity.
Then came the really exciting news: the amount of money raised during this challenge is the most money raised on the show, in an entire season! A proud Trump agrees that the losing team will keep the money raised for their own charity.
Backbone’s raised $626,908 but A.S.A.P. topped even that, with $986,000! So the women won despite all their traumas. Trump donated an extra $14,000 to the girls so they raised an amazing $1 million.
Then, in a twist, with Jose Canseco gone, Trump offers to let Marlee Matlin decide if the men can keep all of their players, or if he should fire one. The girls don’t take long to decide that business is business so one guy ha to go.
Given the news, John Rich says that whoever raised the lowest amount of money should go. That is Richard Hatch, but when Trump defends him, noting that he was in prison for a few years, and isn’t as famous as some of his team members, John Rich doesn’t buy that at all. The girls also think Richard should go so Trump asks who was the weakest on the team outside of fundraising, and John Rich cites Gary Busey’s lack of focus. Eventually, though, Richard Hatch is sent home.
Were the team mates right? Should Richard have been fired?