Supermodel Cheryl Tiegs knows when she’s out of her league, and not in a good way. She could barely make it through one episode of Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” before begging to be fired. The Donald accommodated her.
How the beauty got mixed up in this group of misfits, has-beens and reality show yahoos is a mystery. “Celebrity Apprentice” occupies one of the lowest rungs of realty television, and usually draws straight from the D-list.
This season’s contestants include Lou Ferrigno, memba’ him? He hasn’t had a real acting job since he played the Incredible Hunk on TV back in the 1070s. He’s joined by American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and assorted reality show crazies, like New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice.
The first challenge pits the men against the women, making and selling celebrity sandwiches. The team that sells the most, plus tips wins. All the money will go to a charity picked project manager Paul Teutul Sr. of “Orange County Choppers.”
Venezuelan model Patricia Velasquez, 41, who once dated comedienne Sandra Bernhard, also seems a little to serious for this crowd. She takes on project manager duties for the women. Her team also includes former pop queen Debbie Gibson , mob daughter Victoria Gotti and commedienne Lisa Lampanelli. (Never, heard of her either?)
The men of “Team Unanimous,” Star Trek trooper George Takei, magician Penn Teller, Michael Andretti, father of race car driver Marco Andretti and Twisted sister Dee Snyder star selling at their carnival themed sandwich stand. They attract a crowd soon enough.
But Paul, who bragged that he could bring in some big donor pals, fails to produce. Clay is left to hustle at the cash register. Hey! He’s pretty good at it, getting customers to up their donations for their “Chopper,” ham, prosciutto and mozzarella.
The girls, “Team Forte,” go with a celebrity theme and start working the phones. Victoria’s on the phone, too, but it seems she’s drifted off on personal business, Lisa scowls. No jokes here. Cheryl is already frazzled, and all she has to do is separate the cheese slices. Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza and Patricia seem to have the high-end connections.
The ladies knew how to draw a crowd as well, and some high rollers Wyclef Jean and Russell Simmons, rolled in. Simmons bought a veggie burger for $10,000.
Back in the boardroom Cheryl and Victoria are on the bubble for the ladies. Paul disses George and says he’s too meek. He also picks Arsenio Hall for no particular reason. Hmmm.. both of the minorities. Sounds like Paul is spending to much time in the chop shop. But he saves the day.
One of his big donors comes through with $305,000, giving Team Unanimous a total of $332,120. The women, in contrast, earn $126,962–they lose. One of their team has to go.
Patricia talks up Dayana, Teresa, Aubrey and Debbie. That puts the spotlight on Cheryl. Patricia blasts her for not hustling and the two squabble over how much money Cheryl actually raised. Even Trump growls at Cheryl: “Don’t let her interrupt,” when Patricia cuts her off. By now, Cheryl is just not feeling it.
“I don’t know if this is right for me, to be honest with you. I’m actually more of a quiet person.” Or did she think she was too above playing the game?
In any event, Trump knows an opening when he sees one and seeing Cheryl lacks a Trump-size ego, gives her the heave-ho. Oddly, Cheryl was pretty gung-ho before the show started. Check out the video below.