#CelebrityApprentice Recap: #Phonegate [Episodes 6]

Posted on Feb 3 2015 - 8:45am by Dani-K

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The Superbowl and deflate-gate are over, now onto “Celebrity Apprentice” and #phonegate! And that’s in the first hour. The second hour is a mind blower too, but I’m getting ahead of myself. We begin the episode as the teams learn of their new task which involves creating a photobomb and hashtag campaign for King’s Hawaiian rolls. The teams will be judged on creativity, brand messaging and originality. The project managers are Johnny Damon (Team Infinity) and Kenya Moore (Team Vortex).

Team Infinity consists of Johnny, Brandi, Leeza, and Ian. Ian is coming up with ideas, but nobody likes them. Brandi comes up with the chosen slogan “We rise to the occasion.” It’s not exactly, “Finger-lickin good,” but it’s not horrible. Ian scores and helicopter to snap aerial shots of New York city’s iconic sites.

Over at Team Vortex, Kenya has chosen the slogan, “I like big buns.” Geraldo thinks it’s “cheeky” and encourages Kenya to use her buns for the photos because Vivica’s butt isn’t as big. Vivica is insulted, and although this is the year of the booty, being told your butt is smaller isn’t exactly a major insult. Kenya wants to incorporate a baby who also wants buns, into the campaign, but Geraldo hates it.

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In the helicopter, Johnny and Ian snap photos of the Brooklyn bridge, the Statue of Liberty and new construction in Manhattan. On the streets, Kenya and Geraldo snap pics of women’s backsides and Vivica holds Kenya’s coat. Both teams have their concept and photos and both are struggling with memorable hashtags. #thinkoutsidetheroll #wherestheyeast #theresalwaysroomforrolls. How hard can it be?

At Team Vortex, Kenya asks Vivica to work on the presentation for tomorrow, and by the way, can you look something up on your phone. What’s that, Vivica? Your phone is missing? Shock. Surprise. Horror. Where oh where can it be. Vivica says it’s like losing her child. I hope Vivica doesn’t have any children, she gives up pretty easily.

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It’s presentation time and Team Johnny goes first. We learn that Johnny used to stutter as a child so he has wisely chosen Leeza to do the talking. Their photos are impressive and professional and the Statue of Liberty holding a dinner roll on her torch is pure genius (cough, cough). During Team Kenya’s presentation, Kenya speaks to the double-entendre of their concept. Big buns for big buts. Even a little baby wants to get in on the action. After the presentation Kenya suspects they might have missed the mark and forewarns us that she has some tricks up her sleeves. (Please not another double-entendre.)

In the boardroom the teams gather to hear the feedback and throw each other under the bus. The execs like Team Johnny’s photos and thought it complimented the brand. The negative was their hashtag didn’t mention the brand name. For Team Kenya, the positives were the execs thought they were articulate and the pics had the potential to go viral. The negatives, the campaign was not family friendly, and they flat out didn’t like the baby photo, calling it sexual. The winner by a homerun is Team Johnny! That’s five in a row for Team Infinity.

Vivica and Kenya go back and forth with who did what and who didn’t do anything. Again, Geraldo just sits there in the middle wishing he were covering the war in Afghanistan. When Trump presses Geraldo to speak, he says that Kenya came up with the risky slogan and Vivica did very little. So in other words, spare him. The guy who is usually on the losing team.

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Kenya says that Vivica has wild ups-and-downs, has hot flashes and is going through menopause. Vivica then proves Kenya right by going off and calling her a “dirty ass bitch” and a “toxic trick.” Trump asks Kenya why she’s so nasty. Kenya says she’s not. Geraldo tells Kenya she is. Don Jr. points out that Kenya mentioned menopause on national television. Kenya says she only brought it up because Vivica tweeted about it. Here’s the exact tweet:

“This menopause is killing me. I can’t think straight. I’m acting a damn fool half the time. Fifty just isn’t sexy.”

After I stop laughing long enough to rewind what I’ve missed, Vivica is explaining to Trump about her magically missing phone. Kenya denies taking Vivica’s phone and sending out the tweet. Don Jr. reads Vivica’s prior posts and they all say something about having a blessed day. No one believes that Vivica posted this tweet. Kenya swears she didn’t steal the phone and says she should be judged on her performance. Exactly. You were the project manager. Your team lost. Kenya is fired!

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Moving on. The second task is to develop a jingle for Anheuser-Busch’s Bud Light Lime-A-Rita. The goal is to emphasize their liquid awesomeness and perform it live. Joan Rivers is back to assist Trump. Hi Joan! To even out the teams, Trump sends Leeza over to Team Vortex. Now each team has three cast members. Vortex: Geraldo, Vivica, and Leeza. Infinity: Ian, Brandi, and Johnny. The project manager’s are Leeza Gibbons and Brandi Glanville.

Leeza reminds me of Glenda the Good Witch and floats in bringing her enchanted harmony to the group. Right away Leeza and Vivica click, but Geraldo feels a little left out because they don’t want the Latin theme he suggests. Leeza is thinking more of a catchy football jingle, like: Go, go, go Strawberita! Geraldo adds the hook: Nice, on ice. Everyone is satisfied and Team Vortex gets this task done in record time.

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Over at Team Brandi, Ian has come up with a jingle but must dance it. He essentially sings La Cucaracha, but adds a few different words. Two things to note: it’s already a jingle and the song is about a cockroach! Something tells me this will be an epic fail with Anheuser-Busch. Johnny also whips up a jingle with a R&B feel. Brandi must choose between the two and selects Johnny’s jingle. Ian’s feelings are hurt and doesn’t want to play anymore. If this were a game of marbles, Ian would have taken his and gone home to mommy.

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It’s presentation time and Team Leeza goes first. Their jingle is very catchy. Team Brandi performs next, and though it’s good, it’s not the kind of tune that’ll get stuck in your head. In a private interview Ian says that if they lose, he will be fighting for his life. Translation: he is a cucaracha.

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In the boardroom Trump asks Leeza if they won. She says the team had a great time together and are no longer in an emotional coma after the “Kenya incident.” When Trump asks Brandi about their concept she says they didn’t have one. Oops. A concept? What’s that? Brandi also says Ian is a big baby. Ian proclaims they would have won if they’d just used his jingle instead. Johnny says Ian’s jingle sucked cockroaches was really bad. 

Joan gives the feedback from the exec. She liked that Team Infinity mentioned all four flavors and when to drink it. She didn’t like that the jingle wasn’t catchy and included the word, senioritis, feeling it excluded men. The feedback for Team Vortex was the exec liked the tag lines “Nice over ice” and “For the thirsty in your life” and for the dislikes, there weren’t any.  Leeza wins $100K for her charity that helps families struggling with Alzheimer’s! They dance away to celebrate a much needed win.

Brandi tells Trump she’s not sure what happened and recommends firing Ian or herself, but not Johnny because he’s nice. Trump points out that Ian has difficulty getting along with his teammates, and Ian disagrees with him, ultimately proving Trump’s point. Ian is asked to sing his jingle and right away Trump tells him they would not have been able to use it. Ian starts to back peddle and says he never intended to use that tune and that he never said his jingle was better. Umm, yes you did. Trump croons the two words to Ian, “You’re fired.”

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He tells Ian to leave but asks Brandi and Johnny to stay. Trump explains that he likes Ian’s honesty but dislikes his teamwork. And that he’s going to fire someone else. Boom! Brandi and Johnny go back and forth with how nice the other one is and how they are friends for life. Joan says that if no one is willing to place blame, it should fall to the project manager. So guess what, they’re both fired! Double-boom! Making it a triple-boom second hour.

Tune in next week to see Geraldo, Vivica, and Leeza battle for a spot in the finals. And now for the:

Person we most want to have a drink with: Leeza Gibbons for her spot-on strategy making it this far. I will be surprised if she doesn’t make it to the finals. And if she gets tired of the entertainment news media, Leeza should consider running for office. She is able to think before she speaks. Very rare. (But please don’t choose Trump as your running mate.)

Person we most want to throw a drink at:  Team Infinity! I don’t know if Trump has ever fired a 3-person team before, but this needed to be done. Ian’s arrogance is nauseating. Where’s my barf bag? And Brandi and Johnny fawning all over each other, get a room. Glad they’re all gone.

 

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  • Jennymckitty

    Did Vivica ever get her phone back?

    • Guardian

      Kenya may still have it.

    • classycns

      That’s a good question she will have to answer once this is all over. She needs to start working on her answer soon because messy Wendy and others outlets will want to know. Just having a gut feeling is not proof. Vivica is a piece of work and it would surprise me if someone on the camera crew did it.

  • TartLemon

    I completely believe Kenya did that tweeting on Viveca’s phone. Kenya’s trying to kiss up to Donald Trump’s ass was barf worthy. Got worse every episode. “Oh Mr. Trump, I respect you SOOOOO much” “Whatever you say Mr. Trump” coo coo BLECH!!

    For someone who thinks they can make it in show business, Kenya sure doesn’t hesitate to burn bridges everywhere she goes. Blazing bonfires.

    • cait

      I sort of liked Kenya, a bit. But, reading the above blog, shows her to be a nasty, lying, conniving piece of trash ! We’ve not had a series, over here, since Denis Rodman made a total prat of himself by being drunk all the time !

    • MidwestMiddie

      Don’t forget Kenya’s comment about Trump’s family being
      “America’s First Family!!!”
      (Gagging, Barfing and Laughing – all at the same time!!!)

  • This was complete BS!! Kenya was set up and robbed of winning the show based on the REAL toxic trick (Vivica) setting her up.

    • MidwestMiddie

      LOL
      It was Kenya’s ridiculous idea which lost and got her kicked off the show.
      She gets that dubious credit all to herself.

  • cait

    Educate me. Who is Vivica ?

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Hi’ya Cait. Vivica Fox is an American actress. Some her most well known roles were in the movies, Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Kill Bill & Booty Call.

      • Dani-K

        You know, I used to have respect for Vivica. Not anymore. She should have gone on Dancing with the Stars. lol!

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          I still like her, (somewhat), but I really thought she didn’t need to lower herself to that level. Calling Kenya a toxic trick though. Now that was hilarious!

          • Dani-K

            Kenya is very articulate, I’ll give her that. And if she were on Celebrity Big Brothers (if there is such a thing) stealing a phone would have won her the money. But I’m with you, Vivica shouldn’t have gotten in the gutter. Though I’d love to see her go toe to toe with Geraldo.

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Ha-ha! Oh I think Vivica would absolutely shred him. Man wouldn’t know what hit him, until he went to grab his cojones & realize they’ve been amputated! LMAO!

      • cait

        Thanks Tigs, she sounds very accomplished, unlike some of the other “ladeeze” who think stripping off, or dancing round a pole is equivalent to a top degree or a solid acting background !

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          Yes she is Cait. She’s been around a long time & has many accomplishments under her belt. I was sorry to see her go so low & let Kenya get to her the way she did, but then again I would have backhanded Kenya in her smart-mouth a long time ago! LOL!

        • TJ Marcus

          Bahahahahaha @cait, that was funny. Made my coffee hit the floor.
          Just made me think of a new infomercial…..
          The Farrah Abraham school of Christian Pole Strippers & Adult Films.

  • Shelly Jones

    OK. There were how many cameras in that room when the phone went missing? We need some proof. Vivica’s behavior was vile, immature, emotional and just plain embarrassing.

    • Dani-K

      That’s what I’m talking about. Cameras everywhere. And did Vivica ever get her phone back?

  • MidwestMiddie

    Trump keeping nasty, repulsive Geraldo on the show
    to the Finale is just too much!!!
    Tweedledum and Tweedledee – not in appearance but in personalities.
    DISGUSTING!!!!

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    How on earth do you FIRE the team that won 5 in a row & keep the guy who LOST 8???
    WTH! SMDH.
    Shady, shady, shady Donald!
    Imho, Johnny & Leeza should have made it into the top two.

    • TartLemon

      You know, I was wondering the same thing.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        I was stunned TL. Couldn’t believe it. Seems Geraldo is DT’s fave so I guess he gets to stay. Total BS!

        • TartLemon

          I even thought Brandi was good but didn’t ris tot he same level as Leza, Viv and Geraldo. Maybe after Kenya was fired, Brandi wasn’t needed anymore for contrast? I’m really no Brandi fan anymore and refuse to defend her, but like Kenya even less.

          • Dani-K

            I’m totally bummed that Kenya and Brandi are gone. What’s there to dish about now. Geraldo? Oh, please.

          • misstc

            If Geraldo wins the whole shebang, I will never watch CA again. He was awful throughout the whole season!

    • Dani-K

      I’m thinking it was planned from the beginning that Geraldo would be around until the end. I’m still convinced that he should have been fired and not Kevin Jonas.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        Ita Dani. Geraldo was not my pick for the final four at all. Feel like the fix was in from the beginning because Trump likes him. I call BS. LOL!

      • misstc

        Hey, don’t they bring back a fired contestant anymore? They did bring back LaToya from the dead – wonder why Kevin Jonas wasn’t also??

      • ER

        Definitely agree with that.

  • Chloe

    Vivica is trash. Her behavior last night was deplorable. In the history of the show, I’ve never heard such ghetto words used in the boardroom. I’m done with Vivica. And I don’t believe Kenya stole her phone. Vivica tweets ghetto stuff all the time.

    • misstc

      I have a mild suspicion that Vivica might have set this whole thing up also. She panicked all over the room looking for her phone (while it could have been in her pocket) all along and then play victim to a tweet she herself could have sent out-setting Kenya up to take the fall. Mind you, I CAN”T stand Kenya-but with both of these women, it’s something I expect. However, Kenya did say she had a trick up her sleeve & this could be it.

    • CoolBreeze15

      Vivica has apparently always been trash, we just didn’t know! I was informed that she’s been ghetto since the 80s! LOL. She definitely didn’t make herself look good in that boardroom, that’s for sure. She should have tried playing the victim but instead she resorted to a hoodrat. Just goes to show you you can star in all these box office hits and still be a common, insecure, bothered hoodat with a few coins LOL

  • Sandy Mersinas

    Its pretty clear that Leeza will be the Celebrity Apprentice! So glad the two trashbag housewives are gone!!!

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Hi Sandy. Welcome & happy posting.
      I feel like Leeza should win too. She kept it classy & still played the game better than all of them! Imo. She really deserves to win.
      Wish she & Johnny were the final two.

  • ER

    I agree there is obviously something going on with Trump keeping Viv, Geraldo and Leeza. However, I do think they were the strongest of those left. It was evident that Trump came into the boardroom with the intent of keeping V, G and L. There was really no reason to fire Johnny. Leeza should be Celebrity Apprentice…she has played a major role in every task she’s been involved with.

    • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

      Hi’ya ER. Welcome.
      I wanted Leeza & Johnny to be the top two. I thought they were the most deserving of the win. Other than DT’s favoritism toward him? I can’t see why Geraldo is still on.

    • Dani-K

      I agree that Leeza should win. If Geraldo wins…it was rigged.

  • Addie2U

    Some are saying that it was Shawn Johnson that either took Vivica’s phone or somehow broke into her account & tweeted the message (in retaliation for Vivica’s comment about her being on her cycle).

    • RonnieIsBack

      I think she did and I think she told Kenya. Kenya just didn’t rat her out. It was funny as hell to see Vivica go Menapausal…

    • CoolBreeze15

      I’ve always wondered about that! Shawn was the FIRST one to realize Vivica was a HOT mess when Vivica said she was on her period, just tacky and classless.

  • ER

    Thx Tigerlily…Geraldo is still there because he is controversial and a friend of DT’s. Makes for good ratings.

    • RonnieIsBack

      yup..he sucks at the game and is a big brat.

      • Guardian

        His EGO! I think he should have been fired for damaging the audience when he stripped down to his underwear.

        • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

          That was just all kinds of wrong! LMBO!

        • Dani-K

          His ego, ugh! He gave himself credit for starting the selfie trend. If anything he was a cautionary tale. The partially nude selfie he took got him fired from a few speaking gigs in 2013.

  • RonnieIsBack

    Glad Trump fixed that tramp..she was up and leaving and all Thanks Mr. Trump and he went SIT DOWN!
    Loved it. and fired her skanky azz along wiht her lakey Johnny…
    Great recap Dan!

    • Dani-K

      Thanks Ronnie! Did you watch Wendy? She only had 3 of the 4 fired on. Brandi wasn’t there. I wonder whose choice that was?

  • classycns

    Receipts please. Phonegate is the same as textgate. Lying ass Apollo lied for 2 years that Kenya tried to seduce him in a Beverly Hills hotel. Without proof all of them RHOA country bamas believed the twice convicted criminal without any proof. What’s funny it that anyone that follows Kenya on social media knew she was in Africa at the time. TMZ has not been able to find one pic of Kenya at the Beverly Wilshire let alone with Apollo. LOL. What I do believe it’s that Kenya knows who stole Vivica phone and sent the tweet but she’s not saying and I wouldn’t
    either. She’s saving it for the reunion. Lose, lose for Vivica.

    • Dani-K

      A lot of the fired cast members will be back for next week’s episode. It will be interesting to see if the phonegate topic is still going strong.

    • CoolBreeze15

      LOL! Exactly! People LOVE to paint beautiful women as worse than they are with NO PROOF. Yet people from Nene, Phaedra, Porsha, and Kandi’s past have ALL come out publicly and said some stuff about them and everyone just glosses over it like it’s nothing. It’s crazy to me. There are so many double standards for attractive and opinionated people. There’s plenty of negative stuff out there about Vivica considering her rep isn’t so squeaky clean so I don’t put it pass Kenya to blast her at the reunion. I’m sure it will be quite epic like that Wendy Williams interview she did today. LOL!

  • classycns

    One another note: I think we as the viewers are being set up. Could this cat fight between Kenya and Vivica be the catalyst to bringing Vivica on to RHOA as a replacement for Nene’s departure? It’s possible since Kenya was brought on for the same reason. Just think if Nene’s “acting” career has taken off in Hollyweird Nene would still be friends with Kenya, Marlo, Cynthia and Peter. They were all Nene’s biggest supports.

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Anyone else think Brandi seems a little zoned out in her THs and the boardroom? She’s no way as lively as on RHOBH. She seems on something to me. She does nothing but moan about people on her team.

    • Chloe

      She seems sedated, I agree.

      • Dani-K

        I agree as well.

  • CoolBreeze15

    I’m definitely Team Kenya! It’s amazing how many people think she took that phone, even her fans, but you know what, I’m still on her side because Vivica rubbed me the wrong way after her thirsty negative tweets and Instagram posts on social media last year about Kenya! It was crazy! Like woman, let it go! She’s almost 51 years old, with horrible plastic surgery, and she does act like she’s menopausal! You see Shawn kind of picked that up earlier on and Vivica needs to own the fact that she was out of line with Shawn as well! Some things you just don’t say! Sorry to see Kenya get fired but I knew she would eventually but unlike Nene, she stayed to the end. She didn’t run away like a coward b/c of the pressure. LOL. For that I respect her!

  • CoolBreeze15

    What I found hilarious was how Brandi thought she was going to stay after Trump fired Ian and that other guy and then Trump said, “you’re fired!” LOL! Brandi really thought she was special laughing and giggling when Kenya got fired and then Ian. Anybody realize how BORING the show got once Kenya left? I’m certainly not checking for it next week that’s for sure! I’ll wait til the finale. ☺ But unless there is PROOF Kenya stole the phone she didn’t steal it in my book. In fact, Kenya told someone on Instagram that an item of hers was taken but she never accused anyone of anything. She could have easily accused Brandi and Vivica but she didn’t. Wendy Williams was right. Kenya is SMART. She’s playing chess. Vivica needs to grow up, move on, and get out of her feelings. That’s why Lisa Raye stopped messing with Vivica. She realized she was fake and phony, everything she accuses Kenya of being.

  • CoolBreeze15

    There’s always that one hater constantly posting negatively about Kenya LOL. Well, Kenya’s haters are certainly nothing to look at and admire facially that’s for sure.