So, I make no secret that reality shows are not really my thing, but the 2011 cast of “Celebrity Apprentice” was something I could not ignore. LaToya Jackson, NeNe Leakes, Star Jones, Dionne Warwick and Lil Jon featured all in one season has got to be chronicled, and who better to do it than us?
Many of us watched the 42nd annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony on Friday night, where the historic civil rights organization honored the achievements of people of color in the arts. Now, tonight, I imagine even more of us will tune in to see what image these five high-profile African-Americans will project as they work to avoid hearing that always cringe-inducing phrase, “You’re fired!”
We’ve already seen the previews of Star and NeNe going at it, and they both were candid about their mutual dislike for each other on the TJMS. And while “Celebrity Apprentice” is really about the 16 celebrities competing to win $250,000 for their favorite charities, the thing that will keep people tuning in each week is mess – and Donald Trump and NBC are hoping for plenty of it. Why else would they assemble such an assortment of contestants that also includes David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Gary Busey and Jose Conseco? And Trump has said already of Star and NeNe, “If you think Omarosa was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Am I judging? Nope. I’m just hoping the next two hours lives up to the hype.
I’ve got on my Team Star T-shirt, and I’m ready to watch and blog – and I want you to chime in too. You know me – I’ll change alliances at any time, I might be wearing Team LaToya before the first commercial.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
9:00 p.m.: Hey, it’s the Fly Jock. I’m sitting in front of my TV and ready to watch!
9:02 p.m.: Who’s scarier: Meat Loaf or NeNe?
9:03 p.m.: Lisa Rinna says she has a knife … I think she used it to perform her own plastic surgery. Yikes!
9:04 p.m.: Who’s had the most work done: David Cassidy, Lisa or LaToya?
9:07 p.m.: We need a drinking game. Any suggestions?
9:09 p.m.: Pinky is going to be a problem, I predict.
9:11 p.m.: Star has jumped out of the gate! I’m wearing the right t-shirt so far.
9:12 p.m.: Can Lil Jon take off the glasses?
9:14 p.m.: Can Dionne’s psychic friends tell us who will win? ASAP ain’t working.
9:17 p.m.: Hmmm … I think Lisa is sneaky. What do you guys think?
9:22 p.m: How old is Dionne? It’s hard to teach anyone over 60 technology.
9:24 p.m.: “The Partridge Family” was nothing like this, huh, David?
9:26 p.m.: Richard Hatch needs to be shut down. Who will step up to the plate? Come on, Jose! You can always use the steroids as an excuse!
9:29 p.m.: Did you ever think you’d see Lil Jon and Gary Busey riding in the same car? And this does NOT count as church!
9:32 p.m.: Did NeNe say she greased her ass?
9:33 p.m.: They don’t call her Star for nothing!
9:35 p.m.: Are y’all still with me? Who are the biggest divas so far?
9:36 p.m.: I hear you, THG2006. Richard Hatch is an a-hole!
9:37 p.m.: EbonyDiva75 calls the cast a bunch of Muppets. Don’t put that on the Muppets, girl!
9:41 p.m.: Those flyers ARE too busy! It’s pizza, not a symphony!
9:42 p.m.: I would be afraid to eat anywhere Gary Busey was.
9:43 p.m.: Pizza with a Purpose. She almost bit us.
9:44 p.m.: Why is Dionne at that cash register?
9:46 p.m.: Uh-oh! It’s Dionne vs. Star?! Didn’t see that one coming!
9:47 p.m.: Okay, I’m thirsty. Take a drink every time someone says something negative about my girl, Star.
9:52 p.m.: Poor David Cassidy. Where’s Danny Bonaduce when you need him?
9:53 p.m.: Shirley? Laurie? Those little kids? Somebody from “The Partridge Family” has got some dough!
9:58 p.m.: Closing two hours early? Did Star make the right decision? What do you guys think?
10:00 p.m.: I hear you, Brewerda … Why won’t Lil Jon yell his trademark “Yeaha!?” And why isn’t Dionne outside singing, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”
10:02 p.m.: “Listen at dis?” Come on, NeNe!
10:04 p.m.: How does Marlee know Star yelled? I’m just asking.
10:06 p.m.: Star should have driven herself!
10:08 p.m.: I sure hope Justin Beiber is watching this. He could be David Cassidy in 40 years!
10:12 p.m.: I wonder if any of these big spenders have donated anything to Haiti?
10:13 p.m.: Who’s going to win: Backbone or ASAP?
10:14 p.m.: Uh-oh, the ladies didn’t make it to the fire house. Is it Star’s fault? Or is it Lisa’s?
10:15 p.m.: I’m with Nataliedrake. Why DID it take so many ladies to deliver those pizzas?
10:17 p.m.: I’m switching reels for a second … Why wasn’t Denzel Washington at the Image Awards? And how do you think Janet Jackson felt to see that Justin Timberlake was nominated? I’m just asking. Now. back to “Celebrity Apprentice!”
10:18 p.m.: Are y’all watching “The Event” tomorrow night?
10:19 p.m.: Star is pretty confident! What is that on NeNe’s shoulder?
10:20 p.m.: Lisa is about to throw Star under the bus. Take a drink!
10:21 p.m.: Did she call Lisa “a little girl?” Whoa!
10:26 p.m.: Well, so far, NeNe and Star are cool.
10:30 p.m.: Now the guys are having a cat fight.
10:32 p.m.: David needs some Pamprin.
10:33 p.m.: Richard may need to be called by his nickname.
10:36 p.m.: David better be praying for a Partridge Family reunion.
10:42 p.m.: Big Jose might be going home too. Maybe he and David should leave together and get a room.
10:44 p.m.: Donald is driving the bus that’s rolling over people!
10:45 p.m.: I see the ladies are playing the drinking game, too.
10:46 p.m.: So, Richard is going home?
10:51 p.m.: Smooch, smooch, smooch … Dang, Jose and David!
10:54 p.m.: David is getting tinier and tinier.
10:56 p.m.: David will be sitting on Jose’s lap in a minute.
10:58 p.m.: And David gets fired! I wonder if the Partridge Family bus is outside.
11:00 p.m.: Jose has to be a bad man just to wear that jacket!