Plenty of drama has gone down on Celebrity Apprentice this season: Catfights in the boardroom, embarrassing breakdowns from the male contestants, Gary Busey coming up with ever more quotable gibberish. But for last night’s season finale where Donald Trump had to choose between Marlee Matlin and John Rich, we tracked everything that didn’t happen — both in the episode and at the live finale in New York City.
Richard Hatch and Dionne Warwick were not in attendance for the live show. Hatch was in jail for still not paying taxes on the $1 million he won on the first season of Survivor in 2000. He now owes $2 million in taxes, and his nine-month sentence comes on top of three years he spent in the slammer. You’d think he’d just give in at this point. It’s unclear why Warwick was absent.
Def Leppard didn’t come on at the right time in the episode. Actually, it was Rich’s fault: He introduced them twenty minutes too early; then, when he realized his mistake, he snatched his guitar and played an impromptu concert.
Meat Loaf didn’t freak out. In fact, he and Busey hugged and made up in front of the live audience. Aww!
Ivanka Trump wasn’t stick-thin, and her husband wasn’t there. We don’t mean that meanly — this was the first time we got to see The Donald’s daughter pregnant, since she announced that she was expecting while the episodes (which had already been shot) aired this season. It was peculiar that Donald went to the trouble of introducing Donald, Jr. and his non-famous wife, but then could only introduce daughter Ivanka and not the father of her baby.
Marlee Matlin didn’t get fired. At least, that’s what we have to think based on what Donald said at the live show, when he hinted that he’d be doing something different this year. When it came time for him to announce the victor, he didn’t use the traditional “you’re fired”/”you’re hired” dichotomy. Instead he announced, “The winner of The Celebrity Apprentice 2011 is John Rich.” Then everyone hugged and Donald said, “Good night, folks!” — leaving us to decipher what he meant.
Matlin hasn’t clarified what might have happened, though she did tweet these messages last night:
We think she’s still working for The Donald in some capacity, though she didn’t rake in the $250,000. Still, there’s a Starkey Hearing gala on July 24, with stars like Matlin, Meat Loaf, and Miley Cyrus attending.