Fired Apprentice candidate begging Trump; rejected candidate suing Trump

Immediately after Donald Trump fired Martin Clarke on the first episode of The Apprentice 6, Martin said, “This is unheard of,” as if Trump had never fired anyone before.

What’s really unheard of is that Martin is now practically begging Trump to give him a second chance. He’s launched a web site that’s creatively accessible at givehimachancetrump.com.

Besides a bio and information about his projects, a big fiery logo says, “Give Him a Chance Trump! Vote for Martin Here!” But clicking that just opens up a window that asks for comments and your name, e.mail address, and phone number–as if any idiot would just give that information away with no explanation about how it’s going to be used.

Meanwhile, a 49-year-old man is suing Donald Trump, executive producer Mark BUrnett, and others for age discrimination. Joseph Hewett says “he was quickly brushed aside as a potential contestant on ‘The Apprentice’ TV show after interviewing for a slot in 2005 because, at 49, he was considered too old,” according to the New York Post.

He “wants to get class-action status for his suit” so “thousands of rejected ‘Apprentice’ applicants would join him as plaintiffs,” assuming there are thousands of other rejected old farts like him.

Donald is Sued for Ages of Sin [New York Post]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.