Donald Trump brought us down to the final two in The Celebrity Apprentice Episode 12: Piers Morgan and Trace Adkins. Despite his sometimes rough win at all costs attitude, Piers has been the clear leader almost from the very beginning of the show. Trace hasn’t stood out quite as much but has performed well in his time on the show. Now the two hour finale where we find out who is the winner is upon us.
We start off the show the same way every finale starts off: Trump’s advisers offer him no useful advice and tell him he’s got a tough decision ahead of him.
Piers calls up some more famous British people like Sharon Osbourne. Then he apologizes to Stephen Baldwin if he’s offended him.
Trace has his hands full with the Backstreet Boys. He’s still trying to find wheat grass juice for them. Now he needs black nail polish, which he goes to buy along with three time heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis.
Baldwin’s proving useless in his effort to get rid of tickets.
Trace’s country music stars are on their way to the show. Then he gets a surprise visit from his wife and daughters.
Carol Alt is working on logistics and catering for Piers, who hopes to get the celebrities drunk so they’ll spend more.
When the Backstreet Boys (or BSB as their good buddy Trace knows them) show up, they surprise Trace, telling him one of them needs a knee brace. Oh, and he still needs wheat grass.
Piers’ prize with the Duchess of York gets a bid of $100k from one of his guests. The same guy bids $100k for a dinner with Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, who will be inviting his band to play.
Ivanka buys dinner with Trace Adkins.
The auction from there is just one big blur. It’s not apparent either what is bid or what is offered, but the final auction is a day of shopping with Ivanka Trump. Simon Cowell calls Piers to place a bid. Simon runs this one up to $100k as well. Trace finds this distasteful, but he already knew he was going to lose when it came to money.
Trace still hasn’t found the wheat grass, but the BSB are ready to go on stage nonetheless.
Even though they’re adversaries, the six celebrities who are working on the event stand together to enjoy getting to the end of the process.
Howard Lutnick of Cantor Fitzgerald, who bid on the Osbournes and Fergie, will be matching text donations up to $250,000.
Piers suggests that he would have told the Backstreet Boys too bad rather than bending over backwards for them because they would have shown up anyway since it was for millions of viewers and charity.
Piers raised $376,000 compared to Trace’s $64,000 at the auction. In ticket sales, Trace raised $38,000 compared with $12,000 for Piers, who gave away 20 tickets to his charity in hopes of boosting auction sales. It’s now down to who Trump wants to win. Overall, Piers crushed Trace, which is typical for Piers. Trace takes it personally and indicates that Piers is belittling his donors. Piers asks him to take it back.
Baldwin tries to take the moral road, telling Trump that Piers’ strategy of getting people drunk was not okay with God or something.
Piers asks for clarification of what the game is: being a nice guy or a being good businessman.
Now it’s time for the final live boardroom with all the celebrities. Unfortunately, Omarosa’s there, too. Piers asks what her name is.
Lennox thinks both men are competent. Carol says Piers is great but that she should have been the one against him in the finale. Baldwin says Trace is ten times better than Piers. Vinny Pastore regrets resigning. Trace is easily more popular than Piers with the celebrities. Gene Simmons still thinks Kodak is wrong, even though they’ve doubled and expect to triple their sales based on Hydra’s performance. He also supports Trace.
Trace tells us about his charity, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, which he has been involved with because his 6-year-old daughter has severe food allergies. Piers is supporting the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and of the over $1 million of money raised this season, the lion’s share has gone to them.
And The Celebrity Apprentice winner is… Piers Morgan. While his methods may have been questionable, the results he’s produced speak for themselves.
I have to give Trump, Mark Burnett, and NBC credit for revitalizing this show that previously has been in its decline, even if their bad decisions ultimately caused it to decline. Unlike last year when the show’s fate was unknown, The Celebrity Apprentice 2 has been confirmed.
For those of you either in the UK or curious to see how things are on the other side of the pond, I’m hoping to get started on The Apprentice UK Series 4 coverage some time this week. Anyone looking for more Piers, coverage of America’s Got Talent 3 begins June 17th.