After Lil Jon and Lisa Rinna were fired in All Star Celebrity Apprentice Episode 11, the final two of Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins began their final task.
Penn needs to cut 9 seconds from his video to get down to a minute. They decide to cut Dennis out of the video and then show the video of him afterward as a bonus. Simple enough.
Trace has secured Tim Tebow with $200,000. Seems not having a team to play for hasn’t phased him.
Now everything has been prepared, and it’s time for the ice cream social and to see who shows up and brings some money.
Penn’s early scores include a check from the former mayor of Las Vegas for $250,000. He is getting a lot of foot traffic while Trace sits there waiting. It’s not long before Trace’s country friends start to trickle in with big checks of their own, including a pair of checks for $100k.
Wayne Newton has managed to make it, and the Blue Man Group are back.
Penn is happy that he’s above where he expected, but Trace is short, now just waiting on Tebow with 10 minutes left. As Trace is about ready to walk away, Tebow arrives.
While Penn takes center stage for his own presentation, Trace takes a different approach, handing over much of the spotlight to Gary Busey as Buddy Holly.
One thing about Trace and Penn is that they both greatly respect each other, and they have nothing but kind words to say about their opponent. This sure is not a rematch of Joan Rivers vs. Annie Duke (where the worse player won because she’s Trump’s friend).
The executives loved the name swurtle and the flavor of Penn’s ice cream, thought his video was clever, loved the brand integration and the use of magic, and felt the presentation was on point. However, the packages blended a bit with the other packages.
They loved Gary singing, which they thought might go viral (memo to marketers on this show: you can’t force viral things… they just happen), and thought the name mashup might reach a different demographic. But maple as a flavor was almost too specific.
Penn raised $503,655. Trace raised $664,000, but Tim Tebow’s $200,000 was late, so his total is $564,000. Wait. I don’t understand. I guess half of Tebow’s contribution still counts? Either way, it’s a pretty close race with impressive numbers from both sides.
Trump gives $20,000 to the charities of Gary, Lil Jon, La Toya, and Dennis.
Walgreens is donating $100,000 to the charity of the best selling ice cream. With 400,000 pints sold between them, the winner is Penn.
Joan Rivers thinks that Penn should win, I think. Ivanka picks Trace.
After having received a lot of flack for firing Lil Jon (which was the right decision), Trump agrees to give $100,000 to his charity.
Apparently, Penn blasted Trump and the show after his last season, but he has since written to him to apologize.
Trump has made his final decision. The All Star Celebrity Apprentice winner is Trace Adkins, who receives an additional $250,000 for his charity, American Red Cross. I thought Penn was a much stronger competitor throughout the season, but it’s hard to deny that Trace has done a great job across two seasons.
Despite Trump’s delusion that this is one of the top rated shows on TV, there are only two shows that NBC has neither cancelled nor renewed. This is one of them. Presumably, they are waiting to see how many shows in their brand spanking new lineup flop in the fall before making a decision on the midseason lineup, which has already prematurely been announced. Perhaps then they’ll stop kicking The Biggest Loser as well.