Friday, March 07, 2008

Piers vs. Omarosa

I'm not ashamed to say that I have enjoyed Celebrity Apprentice about as much as anything else on television right now. Okay, it's not on par with The Wire, or Lost, but still, I can't believe how entertained I am each week with this silly little show.

I'm giving Celebrity Apprentice those high marks in relation to very low expectations entering the season. Plus, the emergence of Piers Morgan as one of my favorite reality show contestants ever.

I've watched every season of The Apprentice, but when it was announced there would be a celebrity version, I was less than enthused. That was before I saw the list of those selected.

Tito who? Nadia Comeneci? Omarosa from season 1? Hoo-boy, that's some list. Carrot Top and the Joe Isuzu guy were unavailable, I guess.

But, since it was Trump, who is always entertaining on this show -- intentionally, or not -- I gave it a try, and without a doubt, this has been the best season ever.

The main reason: The ongoing battle between Piers Morgan and Omarosa. It's been a thing of beauty. And, now that Omarosa has been fired, I'm hoping the fun doesn't go away.

Lost in all of the drama this season is the fact that Morgan has been dominating the field, and should be a shoo-in for the finals. Morgan has been the runaway star of the show.

I never paid much attention to his work on America's Got Talent, and on the heels of Simon Cowell's success on American Idol, I dismissed Piers as a cheap knockoff of Cowell. You know, the nasty Brit who is hard to please, blunt, and booed lustfully by the audience.

After having watched him work his way through Celebrity Apprentice, I love this guy. And it isn't just Omarosa that he's handled so well. He arguably had the best line of the year a few episodes ago when confronting Vinny Pastore (The Sopranos) in the boardroom.

Pastore was upset that Piers called him a fat Italian.

Pastore: "You called me a fat Italian!"

Morgan: "I did not call you a fat Italian. I called you a very fat Italian."

Cheeky nutter.

I loved the way he stood toe to toe with desparate wanna-be star Omarosa after she attacked his family, and his parenting skills about a month ago on the show.

This week in the boardroom, she claimed he was a homosexual. Trump asked Piers -- who was watching back in the suite -- if he wanted to come in and defend himself. Morgan headed straight to the boardroom and planted a kiss on the cheek of a petrified Trace Adkins.

Even Trump cracked up at that one.

Moments later, Omarosa was sent home packing, after suffering the worst defeat in Apprentice history.

And Morgan moved up another notch on my "guys I never thought I'd enjoy watching on TV, but am suddenly now rooting hard for to win a charity reality show" list.

Cheers, Piers.

Here's Omarosa getting desparate, and then getting fired.

Piers vs. Omarosa in the boardroom from episode 7 (part 1)

Piers vs. Omarosa in the boardroom from episode 7 (part 2)

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