NBC is speeding through this season's "The New Celebrity Apprentice," throwing in two episodes a night, like it almost can't wait to get it over with.
In just a month, the show has raced through eight episodes and nine eliminations, leaving just seven celebrities after three were cut last night. Ratings have been modest at best, far worse than the last Donald J. Trump version. Having to trudge through two episodes a night doesn't make it more enticing.
Atlanta representative Porsha Williams of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Dish Nation" fame was cut last night after host Arnold Schwarzenegger blamed her for a poor creative presentation during a Harry Potter challenge. Although Carson Kressley was the project manager and should have gone home, Schwarzenegger said he survived based on his strong past performance.
Williams, while solid overall with a great attitude and plenty of creative ideas, landed on the losing end of challenges six out of eight times. That poor track record did her in, although Lisa Leslie hasn't really been any better. Schwarzenegger appears afraid to criticize Leslie, a WNBA player with a fiery competitive drive and a perpetual sour look on her face. In the Harry Potter challenge, Leslie had zero to do with the creative, showing massive disinterest toward Harry Potter (as did most of the celebrities save for nerdy "American Ninja Warrior" host Matt Iseman.). That saved her, oddly enough.
Schwarzenegger over several episodes found Williams' verbosity tiresome. She decided not to fight too hard this tiem around although she appeared tempted to go after Leslie. She clearly respected (or feared) Leslie but loved Kressley, noting they were creative kindred spirits.
Williams ultimately outlasted eight out of the 16 celebrities, which is respectable and far better than many would have expected given her flighty reputation on "Real Housewives." In other words, there's more to her than a pretty face. Unfortunately, she didn't win any challenges and failed to raise money for her late grandfather and civil rights legend Hosea Williams' charity, which is now called Hosea Helps but used to be Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless. (You can still donate here.)
He took pride in his action before Schwarzenegger. To him, the means were worth the end. But none of his teammates were comfortable with his move and Kressley called him on it. Schwarzenegger fired him immediately without even using his signature "You're terminated." He is not a fan of cheating. He simply told Chael "You're fired!" The fighter didn't even get to fly the chopper on camera.
Chael was not repentant, saying he admired his teammates for ganging up on him to drop a strong competitor. If you have stereotypes about MMA fighters, he fit it to a tee.
So here's a take on the final seven:
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