Joan Rivers Lashes out at Annie Duke on Celebrity Apprentice



Sunday night marked the second episode of Season 2 of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Last week in the season premiere, Poker News Daily columnist Annie Duke rubbed some of her teammates the wrong way with her direct nature. Tonight’s episode featured a showdown between the World Series of Poker bracelet winner and talk show host Joan Rivers.

The show kicked off by reminding viewers of a comment made by Rivers during last week’s episode. On Duke’s leadership style in the kitchen while baking 1,000 cupcakes, Rivers commented, “Mussolini made the trains run on time, but no Italian smiled at him when they got on and off. That was an Italian train station” Last week, Duke’s fundraising efforts and a successful taste test meant that Rivers’ charity, God’s Love We Deliver, received a check for nearly $126,000. The organization helps those afflicted with life-altering diseases such as HIV, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s feed their families by delivering food.

This week’s show featured Erin Burnett as a guest host, who collaborated with “Celebrity Apprentice” host Donald Trump on CNBC’s “The Billionaire Inside.” The 15 remaining contestants, who are divided into two teams of men (Kotu) and women (Athena), were tasked with creating a new superhero and four-panel comic strip for Zappos.com, which is an online clothing retailer that started up 10 years ago and has grown to reap over $1 billion in annual sales. The contestants, who include Duke, were also asked to produce a costume for their new superhero and pitch their ideas to a focus group of comic book enthusiasts.

The women picked reality star Khloe Kardashian as their Project Manager, the person responsible for leading them to victory or directing their ultimate failure. The men picked figure skating icon Scott Hamilton. The women began their creative process by meeting with Zappos’ CEO, Tony Hsieh, to learn what his company’s brand image was. Duke explained her mindset heading into the important meeting: “The thing I was concerned about was getting information out of him. I’m a poker player. I know how to do an end-around on people.” Duke has relayed in private NBC interviews how she’s been able to apply the basics of poker to the “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Amid the chaos that ensured during the women’s team’s brainstorming session, Duke stepped up to try to provide some order. She recommended, “We should divide into groups. We should have a design group and a script-writing group.” On trying to assume a leadership role, she told “Celebrity Apprentice” cameras, “I’m going to do what it takes to win. That style is probably going to piss off some of my teammates. Your job is to win the task, not worry whether people’s feelings are getting hurt.”

Duke recommended that “Deal or No Deal” model Claudia Jordan collaborate with her on creating a script. The decision rubbed Rivers the wrong way, continuing a wealth of friction between the two. Rivers explained, “Annie has totally taken over and decided that she was going to write the presentation. I thought that was stupid considering I’ve had four plays written for Broadway. You’re an idiot.” Rivers also won an Emmy Award in 1990 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Friction on the men’s team focused on country singer Clint Black versus nearly all of the other members of Kotu as well as Hamilton against comedian Tom Green. Meanwhile, Jordan came up with the concept of a superhero later dubbed “Ms. Z” (the Z aligning with Zappos’ brand name). Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, took credit for the entire concept, but was not publicly called out by Jordan until the boardroom at the end of the episode. Rivers remained hurt that she was not asked to lead the writing team: “Annie – I think she hurt the team tremendously by not using me as a writer. The frustration of not doing what I should be doing is really difficult.” Ultimately, professional golfer Natalie Gulbis donned the outfit of Ms. Z.

On the men’s side, the lack of a plan forced Hamilton to pick a character name at the last minute. The result was “EEE,” which stood for “Everything. Everywhere. Every time.” Growing consternation between Hamilton and Green over the latter’s lack of focus and constant disruptions during the task would carry over into the boardroom. Green questioned the name “EEE” given Zappos’ brand name has no “E” in it.

Jordan fell ill late in the evening on Day 1 of the two-day task and, charged with giving the presentation the next day, asked to go to bed. This rubbed Duke the wrong way. The World Series of Poker bracelet winner explained, “I would have never, in a million years, asked if I could go home for the night. All of us are in a situation where we’re all tired. None of us have had sleep. Whatever you want to say about how direct I am, I work.” The next day, Jordan’s presentation, which she admitted she crammed for at the last minute, was plagued by stumbling in several key spots. She admitted, “If I had to grade myself on my presentation, I probably would have given myself a C.”

In the boardroom, the friction between Rivers and Duke finally boiled over in front of Trump. Rivers quipped, “Annie, you are smarter than everybody. You are better than everybody. You talk even louder than I do.” Trump brushed off the struggle, saying that Duke would be a “diplomat” by the time the show was over. The real estate mogul has stood up for the poker icon in both episodes that have aired so far.

In the end, Hamilton’s decision to name the team’s character “EEE” was too critical of a mistake to overlook and he was fired, as the men lost for the second straight week. As the winning Project Manager, Kardashian earned $20,000 for The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Awareness.

Next week’s episode is only one hour in length and airs at 10:00pm ET on NBC.

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29 Comments

SLO

AND … while we’re at it ……
How about that Joan Rivers!!!! I LOVED the piece on Joan River’s charity “God’s Love We Deliver”… they do such important work! It was great to see Joan out with her organization and helping deliver a meal to a client who can’t cook for herself. What a great comfort for that mother to not have to worry about meals for herself and her daughter! It is a wonderful organization supported by an amazing celebrity. Check out their website at http://www.glwd.org.
GO JOAN!


zigmund

f u joan rivers


John Delight

Annie Duke is absolutely disgusting. This week (April 19), she tried to play the sympathy card (no pun!) stating that Joan Rivers called her “Hitler.” Use you brain, Annie; Joan merely made a comparison to demonstrate that people who are bad beneath a seemingly agreeable facade can fool many people with their act — Trump was singing his tired old strain about finding it hard to believe that an attractive female could be anything BUT nice (doesn’t he EVER learn???). Annie’s phoney act is unbelievably transparent. People in her world rallied to her cause to help her to raise money for her charity, but Melissa Rivers pegged it: Annie BULLIES people who are eager to brown-nose her, as she has a HUGE flapping mouth, and wields some power in her field. Running at the mouth singing her own praises this week while taking complete control of the task cooking in the kitchen, and taking advice from NO ONE, she ranted that she cooks three dishes in the time it takes chefs to cook one, she raised however many kids, has a great career, and gives great b—jobs — a class act this lady is NOT. One day, hopefully SOON, someone will come along and screw her ugly face into a sidewalk. She’s pure, unadulterated trash in an obnoxious, multi-faced bitch.


amy hall

GO JOAN IS RIGHT! NOBODY EVEN KNOWS THAT BEETCH ANNIE, CAN’T STAND HER. JOAN HAS A HEART, AND IS SUCH A BIGGER TALENT, BUSINESS WOMAN, EVERYTHING. GO POUND SAND, ANNIE, NOBODY LIKES YOUR MEAN SASSY GAMBLING ASS ANYWAY. BIG DEAL, GAMBLING, BAD FOR THE PUBLIC, BAD FOR ECONOMY. SCREW YOU.


Mike

Joan Rivers is a good example of the persecuted jew hahahahahah.I wonder if she realizes how stupid her and her daughter are showing themselves to be. She should have been fired from show when she was head of kotu,but Trump afraid the jews might boycott him


Clare

Annie’s father is Jewish. If I were her I would find the comment disrespectful despite the fact Joan is also Jewish.

If you really think the Hitler comment was appropriate, go to the Auschwitz memorial.

I find Joan to be too personal. Crying is for the weak, it is only a game after all. Annie Duke’s tactics would be terrible in the real world, however she uses them in the context of a game. When it comes to this competition anything can and should go.

I doubt she is actually that terrible since she apparently has no shortage of friends.

And as for Annie Duke having clout…well that comment was made by somebody who knows nothing about the poker industry. She is actually not that high profile having last won something major in 2004. I doubt she could actually tell somebody like Hellmuth or Bloch what to do if they disagreed. No one person can have that much power in the industry, its not like Hollywood folks. They are at the beck and call of their backers, were it not for them, a lot of them would be back to hustling at casinos.


gloria

i think Joan Rivers should sit her ugly butt down and act like a the old lady that she is
I think that she and her ugly daugther melissa are two asses. They are jealous of Ms. Duke,who is acting like a lady.
They are very rude calling people names.If i look like those 2 plastice face women, I would hide my face.


colleen

FIRST OF ALL ABSOLUTELLY NO CLASS AT ALL JOAN JOAN DID ALL THE NAME CALLING AND SHE IS THE WHITE OLD TRASH MELISS
A WAS A WHINER AND BITCH ! GEE I WONDER WHY SHE LOST !! OH YEAH SHE HAS JOAN AS A
MOM ! BAD EXAMPLE


Jim

I remember watching Joan back in the day, she was a good comedian but today she is disgusting, her face looks like a mask and her arms like a 90 year old, flabby. Her daughter would not have a career if it weren’t for her mother, another no talent person thinking do have talent.


chris

it doesn’t matter how joan looks ; she made some nasty comments, but in the end, she saw right through annie, and that was annie was very manipulative


Shelly

I have never really known much about Joan Rivers and no-talent daughter Melissa, but wow these women are like ugly, angry cats. I hope Annie Duke kicks her face-lifted a** and shows her how to compete fairly. I never liked watching poker before, but I’m now a big Annie fan.


Kenny

I agree 100% with Shelly


amanda lynn

annie is gross, i havent seen many women more unattractive than her. joan is a little agressive, but she cares a lot about everything she gets involved in. i sincerely hope joan wins and annie goes home embarrased. she made a real ass out of herself.


Karla

THE DONALD KNOWS CLASS, BECAUSE HE IS CLASSY. WAY TO GO JOAN. WE ALL ARE SO PROUD OF YOU.
AND AS FOR (ANNIE DUKE) NO-ONE WANTS YOUR BLOOD SUCKING CHEATING DISHONEST MONEY, GO PLAY YOUR GAMES SOMEWHERE ELS.
WE LOVE YOU DONALD TRUMP AND JOAN RIVERS YOUR THE BEST.


Lola

Joan won cause it’s all about how you play the game. She did it passion and shown some humanity.
But Trump ain’t stupid neither. He had to choose Joan, if not America will see him as another one of those heartless money grubbing machine.


scottg

f joan and her stupid ugly daughter…..annie won but trump had to pick her old alien ass to keep good


chuck

Annie: I’m glad you didn’t stoop to name calling, mud slinging, insults and such. There is an old saying ” you can’t elevate yourself by trying to bring others down” – Joan obviously isn’t beneath the ruthlessness of ”whatever it takes to win” is the RULE to play by. Joan Rivers displays the skill to ‘cut people off in traffic” , shove people out of the way to be first in line, a personality that will expect politeness to come her way while dealing out disrespectful behavior to others. Annie got to the finals, raised the most money for her charity, and earned the respect of people who applaud holding the ”character line” so ANNIE WON- joan won the title , ANNIE CAME OFF THE BIGGEST WINNER – and SAVED HER CHARACTER IN THE PROCESS !


sharon

Both Joan & Annie did some mud slinging. Annie didn’t call Joan names, but she said some terrible things like “Joan needs to die!” And she said “I’m going to crush her!” Personally, I didn’t like Annie because of her arrogant, bossy, know-it-all attitude. So I’m glad Joan won. Also, I liked Joan’s charity.


llcj

I wonder what would have happened if Joan had called Herscal the “N” word. She got away with everything else…?


knowledge…

Guess who Blaine Trumps uncle is? BTW she is Board Vice Chair of “God’s Love We Deliver”, Joan’s charity…

http://godslovewedeliver.org/pdf_files/annual_report.pdf


RknRbn

Annie, if I were you, I would have ALL of your poker players that donated SOOOOO much money boycott Trumps casinos and anywhere that Joan Rivers was at. Let there money talk for them. They did so much and was attacked in many ways. And Donald let it happen. I will never watch his show again. It is unfair and evidently has nothing to do with business. Joan Rivers walked out of the show and should not have been allowed back. I would never allow an employee to walk out like that and then come back. She could not keep her trap shut, made vicious personal attacks on people that were not even there, yet they continued to be kind enough to donate lots of money. Annie you acted with grace and were the winner in most peoples eyes.


tessa wend

I am so frustrated and disgusted with last nights show. Joan was a terrible person, cutting up everybody like she does best, i think that she completely embarassed herself. i think trump sunk pretty low this season, annie was wayyyyyy better raised wayyyy more money and wasnt there to start childish crazy behavour like joan. joan should be abosultely ashamed of herself. Annie brought it till the end in a proffesional respectable manor. This is the last season of the apprentice i will ever watch again, the show was completely rigged for joan to win. if joan didnt piss the decorators off so much(which we all know happened) joan would have won. well probably not because trump favoured joan anyways. but annie i can feel your frustration you did an amazing job!


BABETTE

JOAN, TRUMP AND THAT LITTLE CREEPY OFFSPRING OF JOAN ROSENBURG IS A LITTLE GUTTER SNIPE!! HAHA…THEY ARE DISGUSTING.

AND IF ANYONE IS HITLER…IT’S THEM.

LOVE LIVE ANNIE DUKE.


Ashley Brown

Donald… You’re Fired! That was so unfair. I could not believe that Donald said something to Jesse about using the word Stupid, but it was okay to bash Annie. Why? Because she’s a poker player. Donald you own a Casino for Christ sake. You treated her like a prostitute. Guess what Your double standard makes you a pimp. Annie never once flashed her education in front of the players and she tried to keep it respectable. If she said something outside of the boardroom she had every right. Oh, and play the tapes back the event planner quit because of Joan. I will never watch again. You blew it.


lillian andrews

ANNIE DUKE SUCKS BIG TIME!!!!!!! GO JOAN!!!!


Naveen Raj

Annie Duke is a loser with no class!!! She deserved to lose!!!!!


Tyson Adams

Anyone who agrees Annie Duke deserved to win, check this group out. I spent about an hour outlining every reason why Annie won, why Joan was out of line, and even why Trump and Mark Burnett acted corruptly. I think it’s a great read, and a group with a great goal. Check it out!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=80015373955


Anonymous

Annie is a manipulative, back stabbing, self absorbed bitch!!! Yes, the decorator did leave partly because he was upset that Joan had backup, but, he used it as an excuse because he was under qualified and over whelmed… He couldn’t deliver and he knew it!!! Joan Rivers is a class act… She is classic. Who ever even heard of Annie??? NO ONE!!! What, she won a tournament years ago….I agree, Melissa over reacted when she was fired. Period. I used to like Clint Black, but, he too, like Annie is self absorbed. I think the only word in their vocabulary is “I”!


Anonymous

The idea of a pathetic creature like Joan River having the audacity to criticize others is simply unbelievable. Joan is such a sick bitch that drove her husband to suicide!!..And speaking of being deceitful and two faced— This woman had more face lift than the entire cast of the Golden Girls …..And her incompetence as a mother is reflected in her daughter who is a complete basket case…..


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