Reality star NeNe Leakes is firing back after she quit “The Celebrity Apprentice,” claiming that Donald Trump “was disrespecting me.”. The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star was the third contestant to leave the show during Sunday’s episode, after singer La Toya Jackson and television personality Star Jones were fired. “I call my own shots in life, I do whatever I feel, and when my gut tells me to do something, I follow my gut feeling,” Leakes told “Access Hollywood” on Monday.
During Sunday’s drama-filled episode, Leakes walked off after 64-year-old Trump moved her to the men’s team so she would no longer have to work with arch nemesis Star Jones, but the move left Leakes’ new team frantically trying to find their team member.
But when her teammates, rapper Lil John and country singer John Rich called Trump to let him know what was happening, he decided to dial her up himself.
“I’ve never called anybody but I’m calling you because I think you have great ability,” he told Leakes during the show. “If you quit, it’s going to follow you for the rest of your life. For you to quit at the end is stupid.”
But Leakes didn’t care, and decided to leave anyway.
“I felt like it was a toxic situation for me and for my own sanity and health reasons and everything else, I decided to leave the show,” Leakes said. “”I felt he was disrespecting me. I’d rather be around people who love and care for me. I don’t want to be in toxic situations, So, I decided to say, ‘Bye,’ because I don’t think you have to be backstabbing and lying and manipulative to raise money for a charity… we’re not on ‘Survivor!’”
Later on in the boardroom, an upset Trump launched into an epic tirade about her departure.
“The fact is she left, she quit, she gave up. To you, NeNe, I say, you’re fired. And you’re a quitter. And Star Jones kicked your ass whether you like it or not.”
But don’t think this will be the end of Leakes, there’s more to come of the sassy reality star on the next season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
“We’re shooting our fourth season,” she said. “We’ve been shooting for about three weeks.”
“The Celebrity Apprentice” airs on Sundays on NBC.
Donald Trump Talks New Recession-Friendly Season Of “The Apprentice”. Times are very different than when “The Apprentice” first aired in 2004. Nearly everyone was hit hard by the economy. Even host Donald Trump, who experienced sluggish sales for his Trump Tower in Chicago and failed to pay a $40 million loan, and whose Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. Cut to 2010 and “The Apprentice” is suddenly a very different show. All of the contestants have been adversely affected by the economy. Among them, recent college graduates having zero luck in the job market, 40-year-old former breadwinners who recently lost their jobs, and even a truck driver with a Masters in Engineering. “We have people who went to the best schools and who don’t have a job and people who once had really good jobs,” Trump told our source. “In one case, someone who has five kids and now has zero income coming in. It’s both sad and educational. Some were really high flyers and now they’re down and out.” “We weren’t looking for people who were feeling sorry for themselves, but the common factor in the casting of the show was people who wanted to fight back,” said show creator Mark Burnett. The prize also seems more lucrative than ever, with the winning contestant landing a job in the Trump Organization with a six-figure salary. The opportunities for the remaining 15 are endless as well, with Project Managers earning one-on-one interviews with top executives and corporate headhunters. The past few years, Trump has been busy with the hit “Celebrity Apprentice” spin-off, which scored charity wins for Bret Michaels, Joan Rivers, and “America’s Got Talent” judge and Larry King replacement Piers Morgan. But the new season of “The Apprentice” gives a much more real glimpse at corporate America today, reflective of the current state of the world and thereby more relevant than ever. It’s the first non-celebrity “Apprentice” since 2007 and, like most of its contestants, the show is also looking for a fresh start. “We have had so many requests from so many people because of the times, because obviously the country is not doing well and economic times are not good,” Trump told our source. “When we first started ‘The Apprentice,’ it was a big hit, but that was also in a different world. Times were booming. Now times are the opposite of booming. So many people wanted to see this show reflective of the current times and that’s what we’ve done.” “The Apprentice” airs Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT on NBC.
Donald Trump Offers Cash Deal For NYC Mosque. Donald Trump wants to end the controversial NYC mosque that will be built near Ground Zero by offering to buy the property. The real estate mogul and “Apprentice” star says he has offered the owners the full amount they paid the property for plus 25 percent. In exchange for his offer, he asks that the mosque be built at least five blocks from the WTC site, according to our source. And while Trump doesn’t think it was a good business deal, he is doing it because “it will end a very serious, inflammatory, and highly divisive situation that is destined, in my opinion, to only get worse.” However, the lawyer for the investor in the real estate partner that controls the site doesn’t think it’s a sincere offer. He told our source that Trump’s offer is “just a cheap attempt to get publicity and get in the limelight
Jeremy London, Rachel Uchitel, Janice Dickinson Enter Celebrity Rehab. Surviving an alleged kidnapping is one thing; surviving rehab with Dr. Drew Pinksy is another. Jeremy London, who calls his drug addiction a “day-to-day struggle,” has signed on for the fourth installment of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, VH1 announced Sunday. Joining London are former-model-turned-reality-TV-whore Janice Dickinson,The Hills trouble magnet Jason Wahler, former Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel (yes, really), fallen former teen idol Leif Garrett, Frankie Lons (mother of singer Keyshia Cole) and oil heir Jason Davis. Filming for the upcoming season had been postponed because producers couldn’t lock down a strong enough cast.
The group will undergo 21 days of intense detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center. Episodes are set to premiere later this year. Wahler was one of the first tapped for the show. The 23-year-old reality trainwreck was arrested for the seventh time last month for allegedly hitting a woman at a party, booked on a DUI back in March and jailed in September 2009 on assault and drinking charges.
The oft-busted Garrett, meanwhile, is currently embroiled in a heroin case in Los Angeles. The wildcard is Uchitel, who, sources confirmed to E! News just last week, is also in the running for a slot on another reality show: Donald Trump’s forthcoming installment of Celebrity Apprentice.
Fr 5/14: Donald Trump, the Jonas Brothers on theTHE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. One of the most popular teenaged groups of the 2000s, the Jonas Brothers crafted hook-filled power pop anthems in the vein of McFly, Hanson, and the Modern Lovers. The young New Jersey natives (while readying their 2006 debut, brothers Joseph, Kevin, and Nicholas Jonas topped out at 16, 17, and 13, respectively) were reared in the city of Wyckoff under the tutelage of musical parents. Nicholas showed a particular flair for singing; by the age of six, he’d already begun a modest career as a Broadway performer. The young vocalist also took an interest in songwriting, even co-writing a Christmas tune in 2002 alongside his father. Several years later, his soulful voice had wowed enough executives at Daylight/Columbia Records to warrant a solo album, and Nicholas began writing original material with help from his two brothers. The siblings’ songs impressed the president of Columbia, who ultimately signed the trio in 2005. The Jonas Brothers’ full-length debut, It’s About Time, was released in August 2006. Featuring the songwriting talents of Desmond Child and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, the album peaked at number 91 on the Billboard charts and earned the siblings a modest audience, particularly among fans of Radio Disney. Nevertheless, the Jonas Brothers were dropped from Columbia’s roster in early 2007. They bounced back by signing with Hollywood Records, a Disney-owned label that helped the group exponentially expand its fan base. An eponymous sophomore album, Jonas Brothers, arrived in August 2007, supported by a number of Jonas Brothers appearances on the Disney Channel’s various programs. The band also toured in support of the record, selling out shows coast to coast — including a stop at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, which was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history. The reality television show Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream documented the band’s life on the road, and the band’s TV presence was furthered along by Camp Rock, a 2008 Disney Channel television movie that featured the brothers and up-and-coming star Demi Lovato. The movie was watched by nearly nine million viewers and launched the Jonas Brothers’ next single, “Burnin’ Up,” which helped whet demand for the release of A Little Bit Longer later that year. In 2009, the trio released Music from the 3D Concert Experience, along with a live concert film of the same name. Later that year, they released their fourth studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times
Mo 5/10: Laura Bush, Donald Trump, Limp Bizkit tonight on the THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. The rap metal outfit Limp Bizkit was formed in Florida in 1994 by vocalist Fred Durst and his friend, bassist Sam Rivers. Rivers’ cousin John Otto soon joined on drums, and guitarist Wes Borland completed the original foursome (later supplemented by DJ Lethal). After Korn played the Jacksonville area in 1995, bassist Fieldy got several tattoos from Durst (a tattoo artist) and the two became friends. The next time Korn were in the area, they picked up Limp Bizkit’s demo tape and were so impressed that they passed it on to their producer, Ross Robinson. Thanks mostly to word of mouth publicity, the band was chosen to tour with House of Pain and the Deftones. The label contracts came pouring in, and after signing with Flip/Interscope, Limp Bizkit released their debut album, Three Dollar Bill Y’All. By mid 1998, Limp Bizkit had become one of the more hyped bands in the burgeoning rap metal scene, helped as well by more touring action this time with Faith No More and later, Primus as well as an appearance on MTV’s Spring Break ’98 fashion show. The biggest break, however, was a spot on that summer’s Family Values Tour, which greatly raised the group’s profile. Limp Bizkit’s much anticipated second album, Significant Other, was released in June 1999, and it and the accompanying video for “Nookie” made the group superstars. Significant Other debuted at number one and had sold over four million copies by year’s end, also helping push Three Dollar Bill Y’All past the platinum mark. Durst, meanwhile, was tapped for a position as a senior vice president at Interscope Records in early July. However, in the midst of this massive success, controversy dogged the band following that summer’s performance at Woodstock ’99. In the wake of the riots and sexual assaults that proved to be the festival’s unfortunate legacy, Durst was heavily criticized for egging on the already rowdy crowd and inciting them to “break stuff.” Not only was at least one mosh pit rape reported during the group’s set (in addition to numerous other injuries), but the ensuing chaos forced festival organizers to pull the plug in the middle of their show. Even though Limp Bizkit’s performance took place the day before the infamous festival closing riots, the band was raked over the coals in the media, who blamed them for touching off the spark that inflamed a potentially volatile atmosphere. Undaunted, Limp Bizkit headlined that year’s Family Values Tour, with the newly controversial Durst grabbing headlines for periodic clashes with Bizkit’s tourmates. During the Napster flap of 2000, Durst became one of the most outspoken advocates of online music trading; that summer, Limp Bizkit embarked on a free, Napster sponsored tour. All of this set the stage for the October release of the band’s third album, Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Wes Borland left the band soon after, necessitating a long search for a replacement guitarist of comparable value; finally, after going almost three years without a new album, the band released a disappointing record, Results May Vary. Borland returned after its release, and the band issued The Unquestionable Truth, Pt. 1 in 2005, and album that was roundly ignored even if it was marginally better than its predecessor. The Bizkit then released Greatest Hitz, a 17 track career survey that included all the hits from their heyday
Joan Rivers Stars In Season 2 Of TV Land’s “How’d You Get So Rich?”. Some of the wealthiest people in the country will soon be hearing a question from the originator of “Can we talk?” “How’d You Get So Rich?” will premiere its second season on TV Land at 10 p.m. ET/PT May 5. Hosted by comic Joan Rivers, the reality show profiles various millionaires and their respective rags-to-riches stories. The legendary comedienne announced her excitement by press release in a typically humble fashion. “I want to be the first to say, I’m so happy to have me back hosting for a season that is bigger and better than last year’s,” Rivers said. “We have billionaires this year that started with nothing. And one millionaire literally washed his clothes in a river. Another, who had a black and white logo on his first product because he couldn’t afford color. These stories are so inspiring because, if these people can do it, any of us can.” Rivers also joked about the potential of the show for her love life. “The only thing that can make this show even better is if one of these Richie’s turns out to be beyond wealthy, single, with no living relatives… and gets really turned on by a television hostess who uses a walker at home,” she said. TV Land President Larry W. Jones said he finds the people profiled to be “truly inspirational.” “These are folks who are living the American Dream, including one millionaire who was homeless and collecting bottles and cans to buy food and another who pushed a food cart outside the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv,” he said. The season premiere focuses on billionaire John Paul DeJoria, who went from living in poverty to becoming the co-creator of the hair salon products empire John John Paul DeJoria,Systems in 1980, going on to launch Patrón Tequila in 1989. “Make a great product and then you’re no longer in the selling business, you’re in the re-order business,” DeJoria said. The episode will also feature an appearance by tycoon Donald Trump. The star of “The Apprentice” will give viewers his own tips on making and keeping money.
Donald Trump is bringing back the old “Apprentice” without the celebrities to help the economy. NBC has announced that the original non-celebrity version of the reality show will return for a sixth season featuring contestants affected by the recession. After the original “The Apprentice” premiered in 2004, it has spawned eight seasons, two of which featured celebrity contestants. Aside from the upcoming “Celebrity Apprentice,” the show’s ninth season, NBC will also be bringing back the original “Apprentice” from creator Mark Burnett and executive producer and star Trump. The returning show will be giving opportunity to 14 candidates who were hit by the dwindling economy. The Donald said, “We’ve got to do something about the economy and this is a terrific way to provide jobs as well as business lessons along the way.” “NBC, Mark Burnett and I hope this economic downturn can begin a turnaround, and we’ll do our best with ‘The Apprentice’ to see that it starts happening. I’m proud to be putting people back to work, and to positively change the psychology of America.” The show is currently looking for potential contestants. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by either attending one of its nationwide open calls or by email.
Former WWE star Umaga, real name Edward Fatu, has died at the age of 36 after suffering a second heart attack, wrestlingobserver.com is reporting. Fatu was taken to a Houston-area hospital after his wife found him unconscious with blood coming from his nose earlier today.He had returned from Australia just a few days ago after wrestling on the Hulk Hogan tour of the country. He was released from WWE in June after failing a drug test and refusing the WWE’s offer to attend drug rehab. He is probably best known for headlining a Wrestlemania against Bobby Lashley in a match where WWE owner Vince McMahon put his hair on the line against the hair of Donald Trump.
There’s a new model agency player in town and the name is Trump. Owned by mogul Donald Trump, Trump is lining its board with hot new faces and the results are exciting. With these breaking faces shooting everything from Italian Vogue to Harper’s Bazaar to Numero and Allure, Trump is clearly here to stay. Signing here gives you the advantage of “boutique” management, mixed with a savvy that will surprise you coming from an agency this new. The Trump crew has worked hard to make their mark and they are hungry for the inspiring new talent that will take the agency to its destined spot in the upper echelons of the industry. Their models include Vogue regular Lisa Cant, stars Polina and Hye, rising stars Julia I., Katia P., Ekat and Atong and supermodels Tatjana Patitz, Pat Cleveland and Isabella Rossellini.
It’s official: Ivanka Trump is off the market! The 27-year-old real estate heiress announced her engagement to New York Observer owner Jared Kushner, 28, on Twitter Thursday. “I got engaged last night … truly the happiest day of my life!!!” Trump tweeted. A rep for Kushner confirmed to Gawker that the Twitter post was real. The couple, who are both the offspring of wealthy real estate families, have been dating for two years, but split briefly early last year, reportedly because of Ivanka not being Jewish. But it seems the heiress is appeasing the Orthodox Kushners, and since the July 2008 reconciliation, has been reportedly studying to convert to Judaism under Rabbi Haskel Lookstein at Kehilath Jeshurun Synagogue on the upper East Side. While rumors circulated that Donald Trump was not happy about his daughter’s choice due to Jared’s dad Charles Kushner’s 2005 stint in jail for violations of tax and campaign-finance laws, Trump tells Us Magazine, “I’m very happy about it. They make a magnificent couple.” And it seems Ivanka thinks they’re perfect together as well. “Jared and I are very similar in that we’re very ambitious. That’s what makes it so amazing to be in a relationship with someone who is supportive of that,” Trump told New York Magazine. “I’m happy for him when he is in the office working late. I know how good that feels when you sit down and return e-mails.” Hopefully they will take some time to turn off their BlackBerries and plan what will surely be an out-of-this-world wedding!
Comedian Joan Rivers was hired by mogul Donald Trump and poker champ Annie Duke was fired on the final faceoff of the reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.” Rivers beat out Duke on Sunday’s finale by planning a better fundraising gala — and, maybe, by launching better zingers at her rival. Rivers won $250,000 for her chosen charity (God’s Love We Deliver, which brings meals to the seriously ill who are homebound). She also won sweet revenge against her bitter adversary, with whom she swapped many less-than-charitable words as the season wore on. NBC’s over-padded three-hour broadcast eventually led to Duke being summoned to the decisive boardroom session, aired live from Manhattan’s Museum of Natural History. There, she heard the dreaded verdict from host Donald Trump: “You’re fired.” But before that, as she and Rivers sat across the boardroom table from Trump, the fur continued to fly. “You are a two-faced person,” Rivers railed at Duke. “You have said I’m a cancer. You said you hoped I would die. You never said it to my face!”"For six boardrooms,” said Duke, holding tight to her composure, “I sat here and acted professional.” “Professional-ly,” Rivers corrected her. “And there’s only so much a girl can take,” Duke continued. “You’re not a girl anymore, darling,” Rivers shot back. “You’re a woman.” Rivers and Duke were the last of 16 celebrities who started the season vying for the title of Celebrity Apprentice. Each week two teams of celebrities competed in performing different tasks, and Trump would fire someone from the losing team. In its eighth season, “Celebrity Apprentice” has displayed remarkable stamina as a reality-show infomercial whose mission, in the form of a contest, is to plug brand names. Last week’s challenge called for the celebrity contestants to come up with the winning jingle to promote a certain brand of tuna. Sunday’s finale was built around a photography brand piggybacked onto product placement for a popular theater production.”Celebrity Apprentice” is also dedicated to breathing new life into the brands of the celebrity participants themselves, who, as this season began, included Olympic figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton, comedian Andrew Dice Clay, former “Monster Garage” host Jesse James and TV personality Khloe Kardashian. For the final task, dueling project managers Rivers and Duke were assigned to create a pre-theater party and silent auction, sponsored by Kodak, for patrons attending Cirque du Soleil’s “Wintuk.” Project teams were composed of previously fired contestants including former football great Herschel Walker, Playboy pinup Brande Roderick, country music performer Clint Black, former NBA basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman, comedian Tom Green and TV host Melissa Rivers, reunited with her mom, Joan. Difficulties (and enmity between the teams) spiked when Rivers tangled with the design firm that had been hired to assist both teams. The company pulled out on Rivers’ team — and Duke’s team, too. “This woman needs to die,” Duke seethed as she tried to fix a problem she blamed on Rivers. But now that the game is over, can the rift between them heal? In the show’s final seconds, Rivers rose to her feet and gave Duke, still seated beside her, a hug.