Host Donald Trump berated Michaels on a number of occasions, questioning why would anybody come back to compete after winning the show already.
As it turns out Trump was so fired up about Michaels return that when Team ‘Power’ lost, he took the opportunity to send the rocker packing.
Soon after the show aired rumors started circulating that the 49-year-old Michaels broke down in tears following his firing.
Radar Online says a source close to the show said, “Bret was crying and totally distraught.”
Michaels, not to be outspoken, told the New York Post, “I don’t remember having a bawling fit. I remember saying ‘You guys f—ed me!”
Michaels, claiming producers weren’t happy having a past winner on the show, insists that he was distraught over his inability to make more money for his charity, the American Diabetes Association.
According to Michaels, he had a “man to man” talk with Trump and thinks the world of The Donald.
When Maher was on with Leno, he made a trumped-up demand from The Donald, saying he would donate $5 million to the charity of Trump’s choice, if he proved that he was not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.” This referring to Trump’s promise to donate $5 million to charity, if President Barack Obama would provide his passport applications, birth certificate and college records, to prove that he was a naturally born American citizen.
The Celebrity Apprentice host had his attorney send a letter to the comedian along with a copy of Trump’s birth certificate, demanding that the $5 million be distributed evenly between five charities: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“He promised me $5 million for charity if I provided certain information,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” on Monday. “Well, I provided the information, he didn’t pay. So today I sue Bill Maher for $5 million for charity.”
Trump gave Maher until noon today to make good on his pledge. No word yet, if Maher came through.
“I don’t think he was joking,” Trump added. “He said it with venom. That was venom. That wasn’t a joke. In fact he was nervous when he said it. It was a pathetic delivery, but he said, ‘I will give’ and I said I will accept, so let’s see what happens.”
You can read Trump’s demand letter here.
Country music star Trace Adkins will compete on behalf of the American Red Cross during Donald Trump’s latest round of Celebrity Apprentice.
Not only is Trump bringing back Adkins, but he’s bringing back an “All-Star” cast including actor Stephen Baldwin, magician and illusionist Penn Jillette, DJ artist and rap star Lil Jon, NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, actress and author Marilu Henner, singer La Toya Jackson, TV personality and actress Claudia Jordan, actress and author Lisa Rinna, Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick, reality star Omarosa, and crazy man Gary Busey.
I know Omarosa really isn’t considered a celebrity. At least according to Piers Morgan who competed with Omarosa and Adkins in season 7’s Celebrity Apprentice. Omarosa and Morgan’s fights were legendary and made for some great reality television. Trace Adkins and Peirs Morgan went head to head in the season finale with Morgan taking top honors.
I attended a conference soon after the airing of season 7 where Omarosa was appearing in one of the vendor booths. Finding it hard to believe that two people could hate each other so much, me and my wife chalked it up to editing. However, when I asked her what she thought of Morgan she went on for at least 3 minutes on the evils of Morgan.
So back to Trace Adkins . . .
Adkins is a recent addition to the Red Cross Celebrity Cabinet after his family was helped out by the organization after losing his house in a fire. He’s currently the organization’s spokesperson for the 2012 Holiday Giving Campaign, encouraging people to “give something that means something” this holiday season.
“When my home was claimed by fire last year, Red Cross volunteers were among the first on-site,” Adkins said. “They looked after my family when I couldn’t be there and offered help. We were fortunate because we could replace the things we lost but that’s not always the case for every disaster victim. That’s when the Red Cross steps in. I am supporting the mission of the Red Cross and hope to help them reach more people in need,” Adkins said.
Adkins, a long-time supporter of members of the U.S. Armed forces, recently recorded several radio PSAs for the organization’s Holiday Mail for Heroes program with his new song, “Tough People Do,” which will appear on his upcoming album on Show Dog-Universal (release date and title to be announced). People are encouraged to send holiday cards through the program and the Red Cross will distribute them to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
“We are excited and very grateful that Trace Adkins’ will be playing ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ on behalf of the American Red Cross,” said Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. “We appreciate Trace’s remarkable commitment to the Red Cross and those we serve.”
Trump is currently taping the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, but it will not be airing until March 2013.
I’m pulling for Adkins to win it all this season, but I certainly hope to see the darker side of all the celebs, including Omarosa.