May 17th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice': Down to the final two

With three firings in the first hour, this week’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” took me through a fantastic range of emotions.

It began with laughter. The five contestants - Holly Robinson Peete, Curtis Stone, Sharon Osbourne, Maria Kanellis and Bret Michaels - were celebrating their survival in the game.

The phone rang. Donald Trump announced he would fire someone immediately. Their “save me” speeches followed.

Maria Kanellis made what Trump considered a locker room comment - and I agree - about Curtis Stone and a stench he once left behind. Fired!

Enter the original “Apprentice” winner Bill Rancic and last year’s “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Joan Rivers, who returned to interview the final four. They proved to be tough and great assessors. They asked the questions we viewers had all season.

To Peete: You may have raised the most money, but you have the most losses as project manager. Why are you still here?

To Stone: Why do you consider yourself a leader if you have only stepped up once as project manager?

To Michaels: Will you be able to focus?

To Osbourne: You’ve been ill. Will you be able to handle the work?

It was their assessment of Stone - that he was a one trick pony - that caused Trump to fire him next.

Osbourne burst into tears. She had made a surprising statement earlier about Peete that would’ve made me get rid of her then. She wondered aloud if she has a right to fight a mother who is fighting for what her child endures.

Osbourne was emotional all night. She sounded like she believed she had failed her charity, failed herself. So Trump fired Osbourne.

Way to punch a person when they’re down, Trump.

The final two are Peete and Michaels. Did anyone predict that at the beginning of the season?

Their final challenge is to create a new Snapple flavor, a TV commercial and print ad that must incorporate their charity’s message.

Summer Sanders and Darryl Strawberry returned to help Michaels. Strawberry still seems lazy to me. Curtis Stone and Maria Kanellis returned to aid Peete.

Who do you predict will win next week’s finale? Holly haters, do you think she has a chance? Post your comments.


soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. marquee.blogs.cnn.com

    Celebrity apprentice down to the final two.. Awful :)

    April 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sunflower

    Ya'll can speculate all you want but it is The Donald who will make the final decision. I also hope Bret wins but I am very much afraid that it will be Holly. However Bret has accomplished alot and should be very proud of himself and all he has done for his charity. See you in Biloxi Bret. Rock onand good luck.

    May 19, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Di

    Tea: Who is the winner?

    May 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    ROCK ON Bret.....ROCK ON!!!!!!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tea

    Remember, there is no "i" in team.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the floacist

    Holly should win.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. moon627

    Too bad Bret got stuck with Darryl but at least he got Summer who is good at this stuff. And Holly will do fine with Curtis and Maria.

    As much as i want Bret to win i bet the winner will be Holly – she is a smart lady who knows what she's doing. she doesnt come across as nice as Bret who likes to please people and gets kinda crazy which is what we like about him. :P

    I think Trump respects Holly for her fund raising and wanted her for the end show but he likes having Bret for the fun factor and the ratings.

    May 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tea

    this thing is rigged. there is a spoiler on the nbc site that gives away who the winner is. i threw up in my mouth a little when i read it.
    what a steaming pile of crap. won't be watching again.
    helllllllo HBO!

    May 17, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. no name

    Brett should be able to do this with his eyes closed. Holly is a big fat phony.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. guinevere

    1) Dave is right. It's a freaking terribly-written sentence. Yeah, you can figure out what it's supposed to mean, but it's terribly written. When are internet "journalists" going to figure out that we hold them to a higher standard when it comes to grammar and syntax? (With good reason! Because most of them are PAID to write!)

    2) Anne – TN, assuming that everyone who wants Bret to win is a white male is very small-minded on your part. Just because you're rooting for Holly and you're an African-American woman doesn't mean that everyone who's rooting for Bret is a white guy. (See what I did there, with my assuming things about you?)

    May 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anne - TN

    Oops!!! Holly...not 'Halle'...sorry about that!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anne - TN

    Let's be fair about this....it appears that "Brett" is the favorite choice of the majority of posters...I wonder...are you all "white"? Men?
    In all fairness guys...Brett the winner? The guy is all over the place and has only proved himself by working "under" the management of someone else.
    Don't get me wrong...I do like the guy, however...in terms of having proved themselves over and over throughout the show...
    Brett should be "Fired"...congrats to him for getting into the final two.

    Winner...hands down...Halle Robinson-Peete...straight up top of the class hard working woman!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Laura

    I understand you WANT Brett to win, but Holly is just more focused and dare I say smarter than Brett. I have to say Holly for the win! Trump will see how much $$$ she has raised and in the end that is what he cares about!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kay

    I'm hoping Holly wins. I don't understand why folks are saying she's mean and is a b%^%ch, she is fighting for her charity. That's what you are SUPPOSED to do! She has raised the most money for her charity..which is what you are SUPPOSED to do, it's the point of the show. Brett does seem to be a nice guy, but he is so unfocused, let a nice looking blonde walk by and he totally gets off task. Is that who you would want to work for your company? It has nothing to do with who's the nicest, it's about who can get the job done. Holly has won more money than anyone in the history of Celebrity Apprentice..EVER. Like her or not, she's already set and broken records. GO HOLLY!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Isabel

    This is in response to Samantha's ignorant question. Do you sleep with your foot in your mouth. Grow up!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  16. justin

    jeanette, if you want to learn about poison go buy OPEN UP AND SAY AHH LIVE. bret and the boys put on a great live show. Bret will win ca.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Southern Belle

    Dave, before you go attacking other bloggers and showing your own ignorance in the process, you should fread ALL the entries; then you'd know the the other person is correct, and you are wrong!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Tom Archambault

    Apparently, there are still those who are unaware that Brett Michaels wears a hairpiece and extensions thus the bandana.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Pam

    Brett....You'll win hands down !!!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Southern Belle

    Trump made a mistake by firing Cyndi. Why didn't he see that Cyndi stating that Holly picked the color for the walls meant nothing - that it was Cyndi who decorated the room and MADE the room, and that's the only part of the apartment that the judges liked? They hated all the decorating that Holly did! Holly should have been fired on that task. Holly doesn't deserve to be in the final 5, much less the final 2.

    Either way, Holly is a horrible person. She thinks of herself as nice and charitable, but she's NOT.

    If Summer has been able to rein in Bret and make him focus, he will win. GO BRET!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Mary

    Think business, folks. LOVE Bret to death (focus is sometimes overrated) – want him to win. BUT, remember Trace Adkins vs. Piers Morgan – nice guy with class vs. Mr. "do anything it takes to win". Winner? – Piers. Donald Trump did not get where he is by being nice. His kids don't respect people who aren't hard core either. He even fired Cyndi for being truthful about painting the room red being Holly's idea. The only saving grace would be if the Snapple execs adore what Bret comes up with. It would be awesome if the "nice" guy finally finished first.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Max Jartos

    If I were to hired someone for a job or a task.....it would be Holly ALL THE WAY. But, Trump likes to make things not so obvius. By the likes of the show last night....Brett was bumbling around ....while Holly was doing great. Watch Brett win. SIgh. :(

    May 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Derrallene Studeman

    Mike has always stayed focus and is respectable to all.......He is strong and has been a strong leader and participant......

    May 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Dave

    NOt to bee too picky here but, you wrote:

    "In the final three we have: Peete. A woman who’s had cancer, and that is her charity. A man with diabetes, who has a daughter with diabetes, and that is his charity. Is one charity better than the other? Not in my opinion – most people support what matters to them."

    Now, first off you only mention 2 and not 3 people here....

    2nd – Peete does not have cancer nor is that her charity. Osbourne had cancer. Peete's charity is Autism and specifically the HollyRod foundation.

    Lastly, you are correct. Most people will support what matters to them.
    I cannot support this blog if you cannot put forth the effort to edit yourself.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. DIANA

    I told myself that if Holly was in the finals I wouldn't watch. I can't stand that woman. I'm hoping that Bret wins. He played like a winner throughout the competetion. I liked him ias a performer n Poison and love him as a person during the show.

    GO BRET!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Victoria Hastings

    It's how Brett and Holly apply all they have learned in their final task!

    May the Best Man Win!!!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  27. SJ

    Steven – I never heard of Bret Michaels before either. I don't listen to that kind of music. That being said, I really like him on the Celebrity Apprentice and I really hope he wins. I do think Holly is smart but she is a horrible person to work with. She is rude to people unless it serves her purpose to be nice. She will stab anyone in the back. I agree that she has a great charity but the way she lives her life is that "the ends justifies the means". She thinks it doesn't matter how she treats people as long as she gets the money she wants for her charity. She is just not a nice person. Brett is a great guy!

    May 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. joe

    I can't help but wonder if everybody would have vote for Brett, if he haven't gone trough all this health problem lately!

    May 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. celebapprent

    There is a misrepresentation in this article. Peete's son has autism to which the Holyrod foundation was created. Osbourne is the one who fought cancer.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Diane

    I hope it is Bret Michaels

    May 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Justin

    Why did they give Holly the 2 people that were just fired earlier in the same episode? Meanwhile, Bret gets stuck with people that were fired weeks ago and therefore – not as good of players.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ANNE

    go bret. she should have been gone a long time ago. shed throw her mother under the bus before shed admit shes human and has faults

    May 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. albert

    just no sympathy decision for brett because he had that serious brain bleed condition and he's lucky to be alive. i think holly robinson does have more savvy and more class, then again , joan rivers won last year and she has not class at all lol.. a real toss up but i think holly will win it.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Spucky

    Ok, I can't stand it anymore: To all of you below who think that the author made a mistake by referring to Peete as a cancer survivor, please re-read the article. It says, "Peete." That's a period, ending the one-word sentence, and is a simple reference to the paragraph immediately preceding that one. To better explain, I think the author's thought was: "Who's left? Peete (period) A cancer survivor... (Osborne)(period) A person for whom diabetes is an everyday battle (Michaels)(period)"

    May 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. let's be real

    Zak, I wouldn't really call Bret the whiner... look at what he's been through. Think about that next time before you type something behind your computer while drinking the Starbucks frap you probably bought off your mommy's money.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jeanne

    let's ROCK Donald....it should be Bret, but Donald can't/won't give it to him because of his hospital stay, he will feel like he gave it to him out of pity.....although i beleive he should win....who cares about passion fruit anyway, it s--s..... although he should have made snapple poison.....goos luck bret, i'll be rooting for you....

    May 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Therese Morse

    I want Bret to win – he has never been negative or treated his co-workers with disrespect. He has been the most creative. I thought the way Holly treated Cyndie was disgusting and she treated her that way from the begining. I really liked and respected Sharon – she is quite a lady. Go Bret. . . . . .

    May 17, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jane

    I vote for Bret! He's so nice, and deserves to win. He's awesome!

    May 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Punky

    Bret is going down:

    #1 He didn't fight for the Passion Fruit. Major mistake or FAILURE
    #2 His whole spot campaign time was spent chatting up the BABES!

    You can't win the big prize if all you think about is chicks and you don't have the wisdom to understand when you are talking flavors with a CHEF, you have to play HARD ROCK Ball.

    Bret has failed. These two errors will come back to haunt him bigtime.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Carol

    GO BRET GO!!!

    YOU DESERVE TO WIN..regardless of what anyone thinks you have been a reall "stand up" guy!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. kittybling

    You guys know it's gonna be a sympathy vote...

    May 17, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Kathy

    Bret Michaels for the win...Holly just seems too sure of herself.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Denise

    Go Holly. She will win... Bret can not stay focused on the task. Both are representing two very deserving charities. Either way a great charity will win.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Go Bret!!

    I'm really hoping the abysmal outlook for Bret's Snapple project was just a red herring by the producers, to get us to tune in next week. Hopefully he will pull off the victory – I would SO love to try his Diet Snapple product and would definitely buy it.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Metoo

    People...READ the article correctly.

    "In the final three we have:
    (1) Peete.
    (2) A woman who’s had cancer, and that is her charity.
    (3) A man with diabetes, who has a daughter with diabetes, and that is his charity."

    Periods and commas! Although I think it would have fared better with a semi-colon.

    Anyway...I hope Bret wins. He's played the whole game with class.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  46. MJ

    I would like to see Bret win. I agree with scott. Bret has a strike against him in getting Strawberry on his team. Bret is creative and smart. Diabetics all over are lucky to have him representing them.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Snuffy

    Brett is cool, talented and creative. Holly is tough, resilient and a professional business woman. Holly wins this!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  48. JJ

    I want Bret to win ... he is a great guy and extremely compasionate about this charity. Holly care so much about her charity too. But she can be very mean just to win. That's not how you play! I vote for Bret!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. cool_dust

    Holly! Holly! She knows the game and she is playing it to the max. Go Holly!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Julybaby

    They've got the facts straight folks – context clues: "In the Final THREE we have: Peete (1; Peete). A woman whose had cancer...(2; Osbourne). A Man with diabetes (3; Bret)..."

    May 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. scott

    Who thought bring Strawberry back was a good idea. Brett has one strike against him right there. I hope he wins because you can just tell he is a kind man. I wish him well on the show and in real life.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. EHERR

    Holly Peete does not have cancer as the article states. Her charity is for Autism. I hope Bret Takes it! He is a little kooky but is far more creative than Holly

    May 17, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Denise

    Bret will win this. I had guest him and Sharon for the finaly. Pretty close. He is a hard worker and can – will get that money for his charity.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  54. JUSTME

    I would like to see Bret win. He seems like a real genuine nice guy that is very passionate about his charity. He has never been nasty or ignorant to any one. YOU GO BRET!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Susan

    Peete did not have cancer, her son has autism, Osbourne has cancer, get your facts straight.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Jayne

    Don't tell me Bret isn't a fighter, after all he has been through. He is so sincere and kind as well

    May 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Steven

    Jeannette,

    You've never heard of Poison or Brett Michaels before the Apprentice? Have you been living under a rock for the last 25 years or are you 8 years old??
    :)

    May 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Holly

    Bret is far from a whiner, he is a winner in every sense! He was treated as the underdog from the beginning and look at him now! He is a nice guy and does whatever it takes to get the job done. He doesn't need to throw anyone under the bus....need more people like him out there in the world! Holly is a very smart woman but needs to work on her people skills.

    Darrell Strawberry is sooooo lazy...he has been very little help. He came back to redeem himself...as what.. a lazy person???

    We pray for you Bret..hope you win!!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Joe

    Bret is the most creative, but can he put it all together? He is the emotional favorite. Holly is competent but a bit boring. I picked Bret by week two and I think it was the right pick.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Zak

    HOLLY all the way!

    Bret is the whiner!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  61. christina

    BRET, BRET, BRET. WHAT A GUY, EVEN ADMITTED THAT HE DOESN'T WANT TO WIN BY THROWING SOMEONE UNDER THE BUS. A REAL FIGHTER IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD. TO BE ABLE TO COME TO A LIVE FINALE AFTER A MAJOR MEDICAL PROBLEM THAT ALMOST ENDED HIS LIFE IS REASON ENOUGH IN MY BOOK. GO BRET.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Debby M.

    Go Bret!! I want him to win for sure! Not sure if he had it all together during the Snapple challenge though and am concerned that Holly will win!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  63. AW

    I hope Bret wins!!! Holly is a rude Bi $%h!!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Pam

    You've got it all wrong, Peete is playing for Autism – not cancer that was Sharon. Brett is obviously the underdog in this race -

    May 17, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Lisa Buck

    Brett Michael's has my support all the way! I have Type II Diabetes (aka Insulin Resistance) and my husband has Type I Diabetes; I know all about the high's & low's Brett has faced & will continue to face every day. Good luck Bret!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Diana Copley

    Bret all the way

    May 17, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  67. Robin

    I hope Bret wins I have been pulling for him since the beginning and Holly is just plain mean and hateful!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  68. Chris

    I'm rooting for Brett, but I think Holly will win. I haven't liked Holly since the beginning. She will stop at nothing to win. She will throw anybody under the bus. I'm sure she was thrilled to death when Maria stole a sample of Brett's Snapple. Too bad they don't realize that he has a 2nd flavor! That might be his saving grace!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  69. linda

    BRET MICHAELS WILL DEFINATELY WIN!!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  70. Spackler

    Go Bret!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  71. Spazo

    I would bet on Bret Michaels being the ultimate winner...Holly Robinson-Peete is too much of a whiner.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  72. Spazo

    I would bet on Bret Michaels...Holly Robinson-Peete is too much of a whiner.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  73. Tammy

    I want Bret to win. Holly has been nasty...I don't care if its for a charity-you don't make friends or fans by just being plain nasty...

    May 17, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  74. VAHMSM

    Bret Michaels deserves to win it all. He is the only one that has been calm and focused this whole season. He is just a decent man and I am pulling for him all the way. In my opinion Holly has been nothing but a "B" this whole season.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  75. Klynsit

    Did you mean Osborne has had colon cancer and that is her charity? Peete's charity is autism because her son has it.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  76. Jeannette

    Before Apprentice, I was not familiar with Bret or his band Poison but I gained a great deal of respect for this man. He really is a good leader and at the same time a nice person. People what to listen to him. With all he's been through, the diabetes, the appendectomy and the brain thing and to still be strong, he deserves to win.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  77. Samantha

    Does Brett sleep with a bandana on his head? thats my question...

    May 17, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  78. Its me

    Holly's Got this!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  79. Sharon Rhoden

    GO BRET MICHAELS, GO!! YOU HAVE OUR TOTAL SUPPORT!

    WHAT A GUY!!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  80. Deb13

    I would like to see Brett win this, but Holly has the most business savy. Bret failed to use any strategy when negociating for the flavor "passion fruit" and at times he appears disorganized and confused. Love him, love him, love him but Holly will win this.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |

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