#CelebrityApprentice Recap: And the Winner Is … [Season Finale]

Posted on Feb 17 2015 - 12:36am by Dani-K

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*Spoiler Alert* If you haven’t watched the episode yet beware the following recap contains spoilers.

Celebrity Apprentice has crowned a new champion. Pull up a chair and sit down for this two-hour tale that should have been one-hour, except they needed the second hour for all the commercials. After Trump announces to the live audience several times how cold it is outside, like they don’t know that, he tells them that this season was bigger and better (and shorter) than any other season.

We return where we left off last week which was to creating a commercial and presentation for Universal Studio Theme Park. Team Geraldo is nearing an implosion because the kid actors are not where they’re supposed to be. Geraldo tells the kids to keep it moving because they can’t rest on their laurels. Hopefully, Geraldo won’t add motivational speaker for kids to his resume.

Over at Team Leeza they are trying to get a shot near Diagon Alley but the crowd is too big and getting in the way. Luckily, Kevin Jonas turns into Moses, parts the sea of people and they are able to get the shot. Leeza goes back to start the editing process leaving Kevin in charge of the remaining shots. Oh, yeah, there’s also Brandi and Johnny, but who cares.

Back at the live show, Trump introduces Ivanka and Don Jr. who are sitting at the boardroom table with him. Eric who is in the audience. Trump’s wife Melania, who does not look happy to be there, and their children, but there’s only one kid sitting there and apparently he doesn’t have a name.

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Back to the video of the task, Geraldo lets Lorenzo, Ian, and Vivica, edit while he tries to secure the entertainment. He’s reached out to Tony Orlando and cries when he learns that Tony has agreed because his sister was developmentally disabled and this is Geraldo’s charity. Ian thinks the commercial is Geraldo-centric when it should have been family-centric if he had been the finalist. #sourgrapes.

Back at the live event, Trump brings out six of the fired contestants and pulls a John Travolta with Keisha Knight Pulliam’s name. Next out is Gilbert Gottfried, Jamie Anderson, Terrence Owens, Kate Gosselin, and Kenya Moore. Missing are Shawn Johnson and Sig Hansen. Sig is probably getting some Alaskan king crab as we speak and Shawn is probably cursed with yet another moon cycle. Trump asks Kenya if she’s a nice person. Kenya says yes and then says, “You look amazing…Ivanka.” Poor Trump thought Kenya was talking to him.

At the red-carpet event Geraldo shares that as an old guy can still get it up. Great. My ears are bleeding again. The Fox news crew shows up to support Geraldo and he is killing it with donations, but don’t count Leeza out, a couple of big checks are showing up for her too.

Geraldo’s presentation is up first and he screws up the names and projects of his teammates. For the last time Geraldo, it’s I-an, not E-an. The commercial is shown and the Universal executives look interested but Don Jr. looks bored out of his mind. Then Geraldo introduces Tony Orlando without the Dawns and he tells the touching story of his sister Rhonda who had the mental capacity of an 8 year old. He credits Geraldo’s exposé of the institution Willowbrook (think AHS-Asylum) to bring awareness to the poor treatment the disabled were receiving. He sings “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and the entire room joins in. If Geraldo wins, it’s because of Tony.

Next it’s Leeza’s turn. Of course her presentation is flawless. She changed her slogan from the Magic of Memories to Moments of Memories. Good call. Leeza then speaks of her own mom losing her memories and to imagine if this happened to you. All without crying. Leeza thanks Trump for changing her life and giving her this platform. Olivia Newton John comes out and sings her song “Magic.” She sang well but the audience doesn’t join in. It’s a different vibe. Vivica discloses that she has found her girl crush in ONJ. Vivica, girl, you been spending way too much time with Geraldo.

It’s time for the final boardroom. Each of the teammates say warm and fuzzy things about Geraldo and Leeza. Ian says Geraldo is driven and confident. Brandi says Leeza is a leader without an ego. The feedback is given on the executives’ comments. They liked Team Geraldo’s slogan (that was handed to him) but thought the presentation was disjointed. The executives liked Team Leeza’s voiceover, that she covered different theme park experiences, and the fluidity of the story of her charity. However, they didn’t feel like the commercial’s storyline engaged the viewers enough.

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Now for a surprise! Geraldo didn’t raise the most money for this task. It wasn’t even close. Geraldo raised $146K and Leeza raised $324K. Having said that, in total, Geraldo raised $725K while Leeza raised $464K for the season. Trumps tells everyone in the boardroom that they are all winners, but then asks the losers to leave.

Back to the live show, Trump attempts to solve phone-gate. He asks Kenya to come clean. She doesn’t and Trump says he believes her. Vivica says once Kenya’s hands start flapping about, the girl is lying. Brandi says that if it wasn’t Kenya, it was her hair or make-up person. Kenya resents this. She is here for charity, people, let’s keep it positive.

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Moving on, Leeza and Geraldo are brought out on stage. Trump tells Leeza he’s shocked that she made it this far. He asks how she was able to get along with everyone. Leeza explains that she stayed in her lane, cut out the crazy, and dropped the drama. If only there was another task because there is her new slogan. Geraldo tells his “Boss” Trump that this was a competition and he had a responsibility to entertain.

A touching profile of Leeza’s Care Connection and Geraldo’s charity Life’s WORC is shown and they each speak about what they would do with the $250K. Leeza will invest back in the families that need the support and Geraldo will help the disabled to live fulfilled lives. Ivanka asks twitter questions to the fired celebrities because they must not have enough commercials and need to stretch things out. Melissa Rivers is brought out for a special, tear-jerking, tribute to honor her mother Joan Rivers.

Trump asks several of the fired castmembers who should win and it’s evenly split. The only shocker is Viviva, who worked with Geraldo at the end, and says she wants another woman to win. Because as we know from watching Vivica all season long she’s all about supporting fellow women, just ask Kenya.

Trump announces that the winner of the Universal Studios task is –  Leeza. Trump gives each of the finalists one minute to pitch why they should be the next Celebrity Apprentice. Geraldo says he’s the not-safe choice. Leeza says she’s the smart choice. And I’m ready to change the channel if this thing isn’t announced soon.

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There’s another  round of commercials and Trump proclaims he’s just about ready to make his decision for this year’s Celebrity Apprentice. But wait, before he does that, he wants everyone to know that because the ratings were so good, NBC has extended Celebrity Apprentice for another season. #conflicted. And now that the shameless self-promoting and back-patting is over, Trump is really finally ready to makes his decision. This year’s Celebrity Apprentice is Leeza Gibbons! Yay Leeza! Nice people do finish first!

 

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  • YAY!! I was very happy Leeza won. Geraldo was too damn pompous and back stabbing. Leeza was professional and didn’t have to throw anyone under the bust to win.

    • RonnieIsBack

      And his azz got shook when he had to fight for his life in the end…he tried to throw shade and Leeza came back swinging hard. I was laughing my azz off.
      Planter’s Peanut down…
      And the audience cracking up everytime he spoke…

    • Dani-K

      I was glad Leeza won, too! It was the right choice. She had more wins under her belt than Geraldo.

  • Trippinhhard

    I glad she won, I bet Geraldo is very angry.

  • >:-|OPINIONATED-deal with it!

    Didn’t watch but glad to know someone with integrity won

  • RonnieIsBack

    Vivica a/k/a Jigsaw will jump on any gravy train she can find at this point. She phucked up her face and now she is even saying Fiddy Cents was the love of her life…bish please.
    She lied and tried to push that lie about her phone..somebody did take it and she got played, but it wasn’t Kenya..I believe Shawn Johnson took that phone. That little hobbit was pissed about Vivica talking smack abou ther period..which was really tacky.
    You know Jigsaw was pissed when Donald spoke up and said he believed Kenya did NOT take the phone either. Chit they have cameras…trust he has the footage..but he got his ratings so he decided to bury it along with Jigsaw’s former face…

    • Guest

      oh stfu, where you there, do you know that she DIDN’T take it?!? The only ones in the room were the transvestite & her slue of hair & makeup artists (that must do hair & makeup for drag shows). So, either she did, or one of her hood-rats took it. PLAIN & SIMPLE. Vivica had it when she was in the room, and it disappeared FROM THAT ROOM. Anyone could have seen it laying on the table, placed a book, their own purse or bag of wigs on it, and scooped it up along w/their own stuff.

      • RonnieIsBack

        That’s right hide behind the “guest” identity.
        You STFU. Were YOU there?
        The only one on that stage whose look was completed by a Drag-Queens-R-Us was Jigsaw/Vivica.
        The only hoodrat on the stage was Vivica/Jigsaw.
        We SAW THAT.

        Twirl on that.

        • Guest

          You are one jealous b’tch. roflmao. Sorry your Transvestite Hood-rat was called out on the carpet, on LIVE/National TV, for being a THIEF. bahahaha.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        STFU??? Hold up “Guest”. No reason to get nasty. You have a difference of opinion, fine but don’t come here guns-a-blazing & expect people not to respond in kind.
        If you can’t play nice little girl, then take your toys & go home. & if ya gonna be that nasty don’t let the door hit ya where that good Lord split ya!
        Bye Felicia!

        • Guest

          oh, fk off crunt. “No reason to get nasty” — roflmao. I was responding to the hood-rat l Kenyass lover Ronniel, who called Vivica ALL kinds of names, then called Shawn a Little Hobbit. So, darling, sit down and STFU I said. Have a nice day now! (Waiting for your response, you just can’t STFU, can you? lol)

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

            Awww, You mad Boo? Go get yaself a cape, so then you can Super-Mad!

            & btw, your Mama should have swallowed. Now go crawl back to Mummy & Daddys basement troll-bish.

          • RonnieIsBack

            LMAO!

          • RonnieIsBack

            And apparently you can’t STFU either (or spell).
            First I suggest you get a better grasp of the King’s language
            Then complete your application at the Underground Railroad Lovers of All Things Vivica and Hoodville, Inc.
            No longer feeding this troll.
            #ByeFelicia!

        • RonnieIsBack

          She is a nasty Guest…who can’t spell.

      • RubyT

        I think I read somewhere that vivica is suing Kenya. I believe that she, or one of her people, took the phone and tweeted. I really hope she is able to prove it.

      • Seriously, please don’t attack Ronnie. We can all agree to disagree in a respectful manner.

        • Dani-K

          We tease because we love…sort of. LOL!
          Hugs to Ronnie

    • Dani-K

      I used to really like Vivica, but I guess you never know what a person is like beyond their acting skills. Being on CA might have been a career ender for her. Dancing With the Stars probably won’t even take her now.

      • RonnieIsBack

        Vivica has always been a ghetto hood mess and loves to keep it real….real stupid and it is a shame too. She is/was a good actress.

      • classycns

        Vivica was on Dancing with the Stars a few years ago.

        • Dani-K

          Oh. I guess you can tell I don’t watch that show. Did she do well? It seems that she would be pretty good at dancing.

          • classycns

            Actuall she did pretty good. I think she could have gone further if she had a bigger fanbase..

    • Dave

      When Donald was asking the cast who they thought who should win and some of them actually said Geraldo, it made me wonder if they had been asked to say Geraldo out of a sort of “kindness.” Truth be told it really was not close at all. Leeza was amazingly good throughout the series and Geraldo caused trouble for a lot of people but always managed to slip through the cracks and get another chance. His arrogance and touchy attitude was shocking.

      • Dani-K

        I agree. Not a close call at all like there have been in the past. But for a second, I think Geraldo thought he was going to win it.

      • RonnieIsBack

        I agree Dave. He was already looking like he was going to cry or have a meltdown. He knew he had lost. Leeza was the best at the game.
        Did you notice Geraldo was trying to say to The Donald “well people don’t like you and you are successful” but he cut him off…

    • Yolie

      If Donald Trump had picked Geraldo as the celebrity apprentice I could have puked. It was so obvious who the winner should be. Geraldo needs to go back to his cave.

    • CoolBreeze15

      Exactly! Seems to me Ronnie you have an obsessed stan named Guest. LOL! All these urban, low budget blogs out here that are not team pretty or team twirl, and yet these losers come here to mess up the peaceful vibe of the commenters here.

      • RonnieIsBack

        It’s pathetic.
        Not flattering at all.

        • CoolBreeze15

          No it isn’t!

  • RubyT

    The best decision he could have made. I admire Leeza for staying classy and positive. On a side note, though I can’t recall what shot it was, I swear I saw Marla Maples talking with Leeza in a crowd. I’ve read that Trump has little to do with their child. Maybe that child..boy, isn’t it…was at the finale. Perhaps that’s why Milania looked so sour.

    • Lucy94

      Donald has a daughter with Marla, Tiffany. He is very much involved in her life and she is definitely part of his large family. Geraldo said on Fox this morning that all of his children were there last night and that it was a big family affair.

      • Dani-K

        The son is named Baron and I completely forgot about Tiffany. Glad Trump pay$ attention to her.

      • Chloe

        That’s good to know. The other kids seem to live in the shadows of the two popular ones.

      • RubyT

        Had to look tiffany up online. Everything I found states that she is not close to her father, but that she is close to ivanka. She also says she’s glad to have grown up in California away from that spotlight. I think Donald is lucky his children have good mothers.

    • Dave

      So happy Leeza won. Geraldo is so full of himself, and he never really did a great job. He was just in the top two because he’s buddies with Donald.

    • Dani-K

      So you noticed that Milania looked unhappy to be there too. I was wondering if it had anything to do with Miss Universe sitting a few chairs away who told Trump she wants to be on the next Celebrity Apprentice. Hahaha.

      • RonnieIsBack

        I think she has a bitchy resting face….
        That was funny though

        • Guest

          Well look at you, yet again, putting someone else down/calling them names. I bet you are so fking ugly as much as you say everyone else is: it’s call PROJECTING. I feel so sorry for you, I also bet EVERYONE in your life can’t fking stand you, and only tolerate you, secretly wishing you’d just disappear. So much hate you have for Ms. Universe. So sad……ya jealous, much?

          • RonnieIsBack

            Please take your less than GED version of psychology and use it on someone else who would fall for that mess.
            Listen STAN I know you are in love with me, but trust:
            I’m Just NOT THAT INTO YOU.
            #ByeFelicia

          • CoolBreeze15

            Probably one of those deranged Lipstick Alley simps. There’s a font on that site that is OBSESSED with trying to bring Kenya and her fans down.

  • Dave

    Leeza turned her back on Kate after the announcement as Kate approached to hug/congratulate her! There has been nothing in the press this morning which surprises me because if I caught it I would expect everyone did!

    (I didn’t see Kate being nasty during the season, but did see a comment this a.m. referring to how unpleasant she was, e.g: sending a member of the crew back for a ‘straw’ with the water being served.)

    • Norrth

      I stopped watching DWTS when Kate was on. She kept making every comment about herself as a person or her life. The panel commented on her timing to the song Paparazzi, and she went on about how she had no choice but to hide from the paparazzi they wouldn’t leave her alone. Her partner should have been paid DOUBLE.

  • Yolie

    I saw just a few minutes of this last night, where 8 folks were sitting at the table across from Donald. The camera kept panning from Leeza Gibbons to Brandi Glanville. I was noticing how similar they looked. Plastic surgery is making a lot of women in Hollywood look like sisters or even twins. And I wonder if someone runs into someone that they haven’t seen in a while, do they mistake them for someone else?

  • classycns

    Any tea on whether Leeza and Brandi are still friends? Just curious.

    • Dani-K

      Brandi likes to tell anyone who will listen what a hard worker she is, but I didn’t really get that impression from watching Brandi help Leeza. I’m sure Leeza and Brandi are cordial.

      • classycns

        I am not impressed with Leeza and will not support any of her projects unless she admits that she was wrong for prejudging Kenya based only on her info from Brandi. I don’t trust anyone that can turn of a stranger without all the facts. And if she had all the facts and still sided with a racist then shame on her.

    • itsjustme

      Leeza was on Wendy Williams this morning. Wendy asked her if she was friends with Brandi. Leeza said she became friendly with many of the people. When asked about going to Brandi’s open house she said she and her husband went not knowing they were going to be filming RHOBH. When they arrived and saw all the cars she was surprised. She said they only stayed about 15 minutes. Now it sounded a lot more shady than I just described it, it was actually kind of funny to hear how she explained it

      • Chloe

        Brandi doesn’t have friends and use people for camera time just like she’s using Kim now.

      • Norrth

        That’s just not cool. It sounds like a set up and not fair to Leeza and her husband. That would make me rethink calling Brandi a “friend”.

      • classycns

        Thx, I was just wondering because she sided with Brandi regarding Kenya and even made negative comments about Kenya on a few occasions. Leeza negativity towards Kenya was based on lies from Brandi. I’m sure with all the negative (but true) press that Brandi has gotten in the last year that Leeza has learned to vet her friendships better. The negative between Kenya and Brandi was from racist comments that Brandi made about Black people. Kenya was
        the only person that called Brandi out for being a racist and I believe that is
        the main reason why Brandi hates Kenya. Now with being sued by Joanna Krupa for her vulgar remarks should make Leeza and anyone else want to distance them from Brandi.

        • CoolBreeze15

          This is why I can’t respect Leeza, I don’t care who she is. Why would she side with trash if she wasn’t trash herself?

    • Chloe

      So happy for Leeza, representing SC. She has lots of compassion and so glad she won. The moving tribute to Joan Rivers, very tasteful and sweet.

  • Chloe

    Thank God the Donald called his one right. Leeza was super. Geraldo Is a good person but is so arrogant. It is always about him. He really should have been fired early on. If he would have won I would never watch show again. I still want to know what happened to Vivica’s darn phone.

    • Norrth

      I would like to know what happened to that phone, too!

      • classycns

        I don’t think The Donald or Vivica will ever let it be made known. They were all playing with the viewer’s intelligence when they blamed Kenya without any proof or eyewitnesses. The viewers started asking questions such as; did any of the staff or production team see anything? If the camera crew were “worth their salt” there would be camera footage of either Kenya or someone else at least taking the phone. I believe that if it happened there would be footage of it. That is the reason why The Donald is now siding with Kenya. I’m sure he questioned all the CA production and he couldn’t find one person to even say they saw Vivica phone taken let alone blame Kenya for it. The production team doesn’t have a dog in the fight so it wouldn’t be feasible to lie for or against Kenya.

        Vivica acts like she is having a mid-life crisis or a nervous breakdown so I will go out on a limb and say that Vivica was drunk or high and sent out the tweet herself. Regretted it and them blame her (in her mind) nemesis Kenya. LOL. People drunk tweet (she is friends with Brandi) all the time so it’s not impossible to believe. JMHI.

    • Dani-K

      I wish Trump would have said. “Vivica, did you get your phone back?” and she would have said, “As a matter of fact, I did find my phone.” Just seems weird to leave it in limbo like that.

  • Norrth

    Kenya stole the stage with that look of hers! I didn’t get to watch the whole show, but was happy to hear that Leeza won. I saw the part where she was nervous that Geraldo would get to call some of his billionaire friends. It’s so hard to watch a mismatch like that.

  • BeachSpin

    YAY! Glad that Leeza won!

  • CoolBreeze15

    Omg Kenya looked like a goddess at that reunion! I think the winner was predictable but kudos to Leeza. Keshia got fat and that dress looked like it came from Wal-Mart! I’m glad Kenya stayed classy and didn’t let Maleficent get her out of character and I’m also glad Trump gave Kenya her props. Ian and Terell looked nice. OK I wasn’t really here for anyone else.

    • RonnieIsBack

      LMAO!

      • CoolBreeze15

        LOL! I tell it like it is. ☺

    • Hahahahaha!!!

      • CoolBreeze15

        Hey Seuss! Finally realized who I was huh? LOL

  • CoolBreeze15

    Oh yeah, Ivanka is a pretty girl! Gilbert is hilarious! Kevin is cute for little young teens lol

  • CoolBreeze15

    Someone told me word on the street is Kenya and Vivica stayed at separate Trump hotels. LOL! Heard old fox Botox trash Vivica continues throwing shade at Kenya on Twitter. For that hold hoe to be so international, why is she so bothered??? NONE of the other CA contestants, including psychotic Brandi, has done that for the past year. I wish Maleficent put as much thought into getting GOOD work! I guess she has to come after another beautiful sista b/c those BET chitterling circuit plays ain’t cutting it!

  • CoolBreeze15

    Anybody else remember how Trash Fox stabbed Geraldo in the back? She said she felt Leeza should have won and Geraldo was her team mate! Maleficent is FOUL!

  • colleen

    Wowie wow wow wow! Ivanka’s red dress with jeweled shoulders I’d to die for! Little Liza Gibbons…who knew she would be such a calm, collected, Powerhouse? I know she did a magazine gossip show but don’t know much about her. Where do these non A- listers come up with these huge donations?

  • Gabby

    I don’t even watch this show but I’m just glad Kenya or Brandi didn’t win. I heard Kenya even stole another contestant’s cell phone. Congratulations, Leeza!