April 12th, 2010
08:42 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice's' shocking exit

I didn’t see it coming. As competitive as Michael Johnson is, he left “Celebrity Apprentice” without being fired. He informed Donald Trump that he needed to leave to take care of his son.

We don’t know why. He stated he would know more once he landed, but Trump said it wasn’t fair to his team to leave and return. How wonderful to see Johnson make family a priority. More people need to do that when it comes to the professional life vs. the personal one.

I am starting to like Bret Michaels more. He received a text message saying his daughter needed to be tested for diabetes. He knows firsthand about insulin injections, so the mere thought of her enduring the condition upset him. He threw himself into his work. He said that if he learned that she were really sick, he would leave to take care of her. His tears flowed suddenly, but I felt bad for any parent and him who has diabetes and wonders if a son or daughter will have it too. FULL POST

April 5th, 2010
09:58 AM ET

TV Recap: Blagojevich ousted again... on 'Apprentice'

I am convinced that Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois, does not know how to make decisions - the latest episode of “Celebrity Apprentice” proves it.

He and the other project manager, Selita Ebanks, flew to Orlando, Florida, to spearhead this week’s challenge: to create a 3D interactive display for the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter “attraction. They could not communicate with their team until they landed.

When that moment arrived, Blagojevich — well, once he could determine how his phone worked - named Bret Michaels as the one in charge back in New York. FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
08:52 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice's' surprising twist

I didn’t realize Darryl Strawberry was a wimp until I watched the latest episode of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Norton and Lifelock challenged the teams to create a four-page advertorial about protecting consumers online. Strawberry whined as exhaustion gripped him as he executed his tasks this week. Then, when his team lost, he announced he wanted to be fired. Only two others have ever quit. He expressed fatigue. Trump fired him.

How selfish! The contestants on this show play for charities. Strawberry was playing for an autism organization. He never mentioned that. Maybe he’ll redeem himself by donating some of his own money. Want to take bets? FULL POST

March 22nd, 2010
08:26 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice' comedy, but not for comedians

Sinbad made me laugh last night, but not for the reason you might think. As the newest castoff on “Celebrity Apprentice,” his parting advice is what we stick around to hear after a Donald Trump firing.

“Throw them under the bus,” he quipped from the back seat. “Then hug them out in the hall.”

In the season premiere last week, comedian Carol Liefer was fired too. FULL POST

June 11th, 2009
03:20 PM ET

This just in- Carrie Prejean fights back!

This just in!

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean has just released this statement to Showbiz Tonight:

“Let me begin by saying I treasure the opportunity I’ve had to represent the great State of California, and I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the thousands of Californians, and other Americans, I have met and who have stood with me through this controversial firestorm. One of the many enduring things about being Miss California USA was the opportunity to get to meet and know so many wonderful people. I would not be the strong, courageous woman I am today without your support, and prayers.

I would like to thank Mr. Donald Trump and his organization for his support and defending me through the most challenging time of my life. I am so grateful for him, and the opportunity I've had to get to know him. I admire, and respect him. I wish Tami Farrell the best; I know she will do a great job.

I hope Americans watching this story unfold, take away the most important lesson I have learned through all of this: nothing is more important than standing up for what you believe in, no matter what the cost may be. I’ve done my best under the difficult circumstances to handle the vicious attacks with integrity and show respect to others, even those who don’t agree with me.

I worked in good faith to meet my responsibilities as Miss California USA. I have met every scheduled appearance, and responsibility, as recently as May 31st. I have followed the proper protocol requested of me and haven’t made any appearances or speaking engagements without the consent or approval from the Miss California USA or Miss Universe Organizations. I have not signed with any book publisher or taken on any business proposals. As of today, June 11, 2009, I have done everything possible to honor my contract.

I am proud to be an American, and blessed to have had the opportunity to exercise my freedom of speech. I am excited and looking forward to where God leads me in the future. I know He has big plans for me. I am proud to be the strong woman God has molded me to be. I will always stand for the truth, respectfully, and never back down.

Thank you and God Bless.”

For much more on this developing story, don’t miss Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN!

June 10th, 2009
03:41 PM ET

Perez Hilton and Shanna Moakler react!

Reaction to Donald Trump’s firing of Carrie Prejean is pouring in. Perez Hilton, the judge and celebrity blogger who asked Prejean about her stance on same-sex marriage told Showbiz Tonight:

“Better late than never.”

Prejean’s controversial response to Hilton’s question, that she “believe[s] that a marriage should be between a man and a woman” sparked a media firestorm.

Shanna  Moakler, the Miss California USA co-executive director who resigned after Trump initially refused to fire Prejean, tells us that:

“First and foremost, my faith has been restored in the Miss Universe Organization and with Donald Trump. I believed eventually what I intimately knew would come to fruition.”

 We will have much more on Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

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