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The Apprentice 7

Apprentice films Trump hiring and firing each finalist in case NBC opts to not air live finale

The awkward and anti-climactic finale for The Apprentice last night may have been that way for a reason: The show filmed Trump hiring both Brandy Kuentzel and Cliff Robertson, so they’d have footage to use in the event that NBC didn’t order a live finale. I learned of this from someone close to an The …

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Anticlimactic finale to a decent Apprentice season ends with Brandy’s win

Brandy Kuentzel became the seventh non-celebrity winner of The Apprentice after Donald Trump chose her over Clint Robertson, and will now work with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and their brother. That happened after a relatively flat finale that featured both Kathy Griffin and Liza Minnelli. This season was pretty great, from a confrontation about …

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More rich people watch The Apprentice than any other show, except The Office, 30 Rock

The Apprentice isn’t really popular at all among most viewers, but it’s the third-most popular show among people who make more than $100,000 a year. Since this season focuses on people impacted by the recession, maybe we can extrapolate that rich people like to watch Donald Trump fire already fired people again? Or maybe they …

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Trump confronts lying Annad over cheating, forgets how much he hates Khloe Kardashian

Donald Trump fired candidate Anand Vasudev on The Apprentice 7 last night after Anand was confronted about violating the show’s rules, lied about it, and then confessed he both lied and broke the rules. Unlike the surprise firings such as Trump’s bizarre public shaming of Khloe Kardashian, this was both rational and amazing television. Speaking …

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Masha threatens Donald Trump for calling her a liar: “you knew I was telling the truth”

Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy is fighting back online after being fired from The Apprentice on last night’s episode. She posted a video to YouTube addressing Donald Trump directly and suggesting that he has privately acknowledged to her that she was unfairly accused of lying. Mash ends by asking for him to clear her name and adds, “if …

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Donald Trump and “the strongest group of words I’ve ever heard on The Apprentice”

Donald Trump is fond of superlatives, which are the best and most important phrases ever, but when he said last night that he’d heard “the strongest group of words” ever on The Apprentice, he wasn’t just full of shit. Those words were spoken by Clint, who was eviscerating David, the freakish, obnoxious contestant who always …

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On strong Apprentice, project manager actually pulls obnoxious teammate off a task

The Apprentice‘s ratings are insanely low–3.836 million viewers last week–but this has been a pretty great season, especially because of the cast. And that continued last night, when the teams had to open a dog day care business. During that task, we saw what I think is a first, unless I’m repressing a memory: A …

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Apprentice’s Mahsa quit job in Brooklyn’s DA office after her notoriety forced a job change

The Apprentice 7‘s Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy resigned Monday from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office two weeks after being demoted over her celebrity. She’s the abrasive contestant who Ivanka Trump said “was brutal” and is “so unprofessional,” in addition to having “a terrible attitude.” The D.A. “decided to transfer Saeidi-Azcuy to a lower-profile position in the office’s …

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Return of the regular Apprentice is just as good as the show was at its peak

It’s been more than three years since we’ve had an edition of The Apprentice with non-celebrity candidates, and since the regular-person version ended with a weak season, I was skeptical about last night’s return of the show. But Donald Trump’s competition returned in fine form. The show overplayed it recession theme a bit–Trump pretending that …

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Celebrity, regular Apprentices will both air next year; NBC fall has just two reality series

NBC has just two reality series on its schedule this fall, while The Celebrity Apprentice 4 and The Apprentice 7 will both air during NBC’s 2010-2011 season. However, the recession-themed regular version doesn’t yet have an airdate, while the celebrity version will debut in March 2011. An NBC press release says the regular version, along …

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Regular Apprentice will return to NBC with a flimsy connection to the recession

The non-celebrity Apprentice will return to NBC for a seventh season, the network just announced. Just under a year ago, NBC posted and removed a casting notice for the regular edition, which hasn’t aired in three years. There’s not been official word about the return date, but it will probably air in the fall. The …

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