It was clear that Trump was going to hire both of them. That's why he asked them to pick their assignments FIRST (remember, he said it might help his decision). When they each picked different jobs, the path was clear. Why he just didn't say, "you're both hired" is beyond me. Maybe Burnett said no, but I doubt it. So if he didn't do it when he should have, he should never have done it at all. Yes, Randal was a dick to say what he said, but if he had said yes, Trump would only have had seconds to make up his mind, as time was running out. So, he missed his first opportunity to do a double hire, and then, when asking Randal, he was basically saying he wanted to hire Rebecca. But there was only 10 seconds left. I am sure he clearly expected Randal to say yes and when Randal said no, Trump was probably so dumbfounded that he was at a loss for words -- and time -- and bailed. So, Randal was a jerk, but it was Trump who blew it.

steve at December 16, 2005 08:09 AM

Well, we all knew that Trump was an asshole going into this. But I actually didn't realize that Randall was. What a dick. It's not as if Trump said he'd have to share his salary or something. And everybody always would have known that Randall "won", and that Rebecca only got her "job" through his good graces. It was an opportunity to make a classy decision, and instead, he went the glory hound route. The least he could have done was say something apologetic.

I'm with Freakgirl -- that final moment totally tainted Randall for me. Now I hope that Rebecca gets twice the job he did in the private sector, and sits at home and laughs at him next March, when he does the same dog-and-pony show that Bill Rancic had to do this season.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 08:44 AM

Man, I don't know what kind of crack you guys are smoking. The final minutes were AWESOME! I was BOOING THE SCREEN when Trump said "What if I hired Rebecca, too?" But then my disappointment was turned to GLEE as Randall TOTALLY COCK-BLOCKED Rebecca! Randall had it right, there's one winner to this show. Hiring them both is a cop out. How would you like it if they got to the end of Survivor and after they announced the winner, they tried to give the other member of the final 2 a million dollars, too. (In fact, they DID do that when they showed All-Stars, as an excuse to somehow get Rupert a million!) It's lame, and I'm glad Randall had the balls to deny it. Makes me even more sure that Trump made the right decision.

Joey Jo-Jo at December 16, 2005 09:01 AM

Yeah, I came in second in the Yahoo! Fantasy Game but you don't see me jumping on the first place podium with Freakgirl calling the rest of you "bitches" because that would just be lame.

Sorry, I tried. It sounded better in my head.

I think Randall made himself look like a total dick but what can you do? Rebecca will be extremely successful as a result.

Daisylou2 at December 16, 2005 09:17 AM

I think it's time the world got over the fact that Rupert won a million bucks. Seriously.

Randal would have lost NOTHING by agreeing that she also deserved to work for the Trump organization. Randal was named The Apprentice, not Rebecca, and that wouldn't have changed. I just don't really understand why he denied her that opportunity. What really bothered me was that Randal said "no" and explained that there should only be ONE Apprentice. It was off-putting; perhaps I would have respected his decision more if he had said something like, "I don't think Rebecca is ready to work for the Trump organization."

But I agree with Steve; it was wrong of Trump to put that decision on Randal.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 09:22 AM

What the hell was up with Alla and her Randall posse she had over in the fired section? She and Felicia were whooping it up for him and booing at Rebecca like she was a convicted murderer. I don't remember Rebecca making any enemies during the show. I was actually rooting for Alla at one point and now I'm glad she got fired--she really came across as obnoxious. And why is up to Randall to decide what Trump should do? I've never seen Trump let anyone tell him what to do. Argggh, that completely ruined the whole thing for me.

Amy at December 16, 2005 10:10 AM

I'm extremely curious to find out why they all suddenly hated Rebecca. It was bizarre and it was ugly.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 10:13 AM

Randal missed an opportunity to be generous. He was asked if Trump should hire Rebecca and rather than do what was in the interest of the Trump organization and hire a girl so talented he chose the low road and pushed her away, keeping all the glory for himself. Rebecca will be fine - tons of offers, maybe even from Trump. Randal badly miscalculated and left millions of viewers with the final image of him in a selfish moment putting his own perceived self-interest above that of the organization. I am sure Trump saw it that way; he looked surprised to me.

Randy at December 16, 2005 10:14 AM

Amy, not sure I'd characterize what Trump did as asking Randal to "tell him what he should do". It seemed pretty clear to me that Trump was telling Randal what he already wanted to do, if Randal had only been paying attention. I mean, there was that whole speech about surrounding himself with good people. He gave Randal an opening to be generous, and for whatever reason, Randal didn't take it -- most likely because Randal was so caught up in the "winning a reality game show" aspect of The Apprentice that he forgot the "getting hired for a job" aspect. As Freakgirl pointed out, Randal would have lost nothing at all by throwing Rebecca a bone.

My guess is Trump/Burnett found out that everybody already knew what the "big twist" was -- hiring two people -- so he tried to come up with a way to twist the twist, by putting the decision in Randal's hands. I'm sure it's no skin off Trump's ass one way or another, since these are basically "show jobs" he's giving away anyway.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 10:31 AM

I was just rewatching the end, and Randal did come in there with a chip on his shoulder, afraid he would have to share the title. When he asked the peanut gallery who they thought should win, he spit out, "If you think I should be THE SOLE AND SINGLE APPRENTICE, raise your hand." Interesting.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 10:31 AM

Yeah, it was obvious that Randal knew Trump was going to hire them both and had his response prepared from the get-go. I can only assume that he didn't want to dilute his victory by being remembered as one of the two "Apprentici" (and how funny was he, calling them apprentici instead of apprentices? So much for all that edubication). He wanted to be the sole victor, like the others before him, and apparently thought his cache would be reduced by sharing the title.

Still and all, it was an EEeeeeevil move. But as we saw from the megaphone incident, Randal has the capacity for evil if he feels it will help him in some way. Which means, he'll be an absolute star in an organization like Trump's.

I so wanted Rebecca to turn around to Alla and say, "Either climb on a pole and start doing what you do best, or shut it, beyotch!"

And I'm all full of myself right now, because I not only chatted up an Apprentice contestant, but an actual Apprentice! How pathetically self-important am I right now? Oh, very.

Greater Czarina at December 16, 2005 10:43 AM

Yeah if Randall had been from Wisconsin I probably would have won. Instead I just led all season, bitches.

Oh wait, that sounded better in my head, too.

Jane at December 16, 2005 10:46 AM

You guys are sore losers! ;)

Yeah, there's no way I would have won if I hadn't chosen Randal from the get-go, and I chose him because he is a local success story. So congrats to Jane and the other board leaders.


freakgirl at December 16, 2005 11:01 AM

Oh my goodness--guys--this thing has been set up since Alla was sent packing.
Trump had no intention of hiring Rebecca and I am certain Randalls answer was told to him.

The lengths that Trump has gone to because ratings where low stinks.
Randall did not say dont hire Rebecca--he said not tonight--not as the Apprentice.

In other words--hire her tomorrow if you want.
I find it a tad bit intersting that no more was said that Rebecca totally blew her task--she made NO money.

She should of known to over ride Yahoo but she is young and inexperienced--period.
Plus--she really didnt do much this whole show--her one win was due to Randall.

I dont like the way they ended the show but it isnt Randall I blame.
If Trump wanted them both--he would have hired them both.
Yes--I think the person who said that they got wind of the double hire rumors is right--they wanted to have the last laugh--it is to bad that was Randalls first assignment.

Bubbi at December 16, 2005 11:02 AM

Bubbi, I don't buy it. Trump looked genuinely non-plussed when Randal said no. His face looked like, "Oh ... um ... okay ... I was just asking."

I have no doubt that Randal knew he was going to be asked the question -- it would explain why he bolted away from the table so quickly after he was hired, why Trump had to yell his name twenty times before he came back to the table, and why he made a point of saying earlier that he should be the SOLE AND SINGLE APPRENTICE. All of that smacks of him trying to avoid an inevitable double-hiring that he already knew about.

Nobody is saying that Rebecca did a great job on the final task, or that she even deserved to be hired. The fact that she made no money was mentioned several times. But Trump clearly thought she did deserve to be hired -- even if not as much as Randal did -- or he wouldn't have brought the possibility up in the first place.

Yes, Trump could have straight-up hired Rebecca, and for that he is to blame. And maybe he wouldn't have hired her on Randal's say-so anyway. Maybe it was all academic. That point is moot, though. He asked Randal what HE would do, and Randal went the limelight route instead of the generosity route. Randal isn't to blame for Rebecca not getting a job, but he is to blame for his own bad decisions on live TV.

It was a litmus test of sorts, and by my standards, he failed. But as Czarina points out, by corporate standards, he probably passed with flying colors. I'm sure Trump himself wouldn't have shared the limelight either. So he'll go far.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 11:45 AM

GC, you stole my comment! I was going to mention that I guess they don't teach proper plurals at Oxford or MIT. Apprentici. Holy crap.

Bubbi, I absolutely don't agree. She should have known to override Yahoo? Oh my. Easier said than done. I thought it was positively disgusting that Yahoo made such a big deal about not asking for donations, and it looked like they got mucho embarrassed by their own actions which is why Yahoo Asshole #1 stood up there and offered $100,000 to both charities. Because they were WRONG. The only thing I think Rebecca should have done is tell the EG foundation about Yahoo's request, and arranged a meeting with the execs of both organizations at the same time in the same room...Yahoo would have been shamed into allowing requests for funds, and Rebecca wouldn't have been going against the directives of her client behind their back.

I think Rebecca did a much better job than Randal, it's not her fault that Yahoo and their VIPs are cheap asses.

I think Randal deserved his win overall and I really enjoyed this season. But I was so, so, so disappointed in him in the end. I walked away from this season with shame for him. Also, Donald could have hired Rebecca if he wanted to.

When I first heard about the double hiring, I thought it was lame. Then I realized that it would be a great thing...both candidates deserved the job offers. Rebecca is only 23 years old and is an astounding businesswoman. Imagine what you could do with such a young person with that kind of talent!

But Donald made a yoooge mistake. He went on and on about how he respected Randal's opinion. Then when Randal said no, what was he supposed to say? "Well, I said I respected your opinion, but I changed my mind". He didn't want to look like an idiot, so he took Randal's advice. Double-edged sword, though, in my opinion. He looked like an idiot either way, because now he's taking advice from a brand-new employee? Give me a break.

And Alla? Oh please. I loved Alla before, until she said that thing about people with depression. Her behaviour on the finale clinched it for me that she's an idiot.

Maggie at December 16, 2005 12:57 PM

Oh, and congrats to you fantasy game winners! I'm pretty proud of myself as well, because I moved from close to last place up to 5th place in the last couple of eps. Not bad, I tells ya!

Maggie at December 16, 2005 01:11 PM

I thought it was a dicky move on his part. And I found it hilarious that this guy with five degrees used the made up word APPRENTI.

Randall had tried pretending he was this nice guy and here at the end he shows his true colors. The boos he received shows we weren't alone in our thinking. Randall's biggest attack on her seemed to be her age. I think that's why she SHOULD've been hired. She may only be 23, but she's sitting next to Randall in the finals. And didn't that black guy get kicked off last year for having too many degrees/too much education? Now it's a plus?!

Pff whatever. It was a lame ending to a season in which we all knew in advance who was probably gonna be declared the "winner".

Frankie at December 16, 2005 02:24 PM

I thought Randal was making a joke when he said "Apprenti." I'm sure he knows that's the word the media and web forums use when they discuss the show.

Maybe I'm wrong.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 02:53 PM

Although I was personally disgusted with Randal's lack of generosity, I think his "no" addresses an interesting point about this reality game. Namely, that this really is a game, and not (as Trump loves to remind us constantly) a job interview.

If it were a job interview, Trump could have easily chosen both candidates with no problem at all -- no one would have cared. But asking Randal to agree to be a co-winner is like asking a boxer after a win to agree that the other guy is also the winner. It's an awful lot to expect someone to do.

However, I do think that Randal could have come out smelling like a rose-- he could have said "yes, Mr. Trump, I think that you should hire Rebecca for your organization, and I would personally like her to work for me."

This achivies several things: He is perceived as generous; he makes it clear that she is his subordinate; and he shows how smart he is because good people are hard to find and he's had the good fortune of having a very long interview with Rebecca himself.

monty at December 16, 2005 02:59 PM

"(and how funny was he, calling them apprentici instead of apprentices? So much for all that edubication)"

ha ha ha... edubication

I get the feeling Trump will still offer Rebecca something.. it looked to me that he was saying something to her after Randall had shot down the offer.

Alla was a fruitcake last night... total fruitcake.

Now somebody go and get me a Yahoo-tini. I want to start adding "tini" to everything I drink.. just so it starts to sound a little classier...

orange juicetini

Soosan at December 16, 2005 03:34 PM

I cannot believe you people. This was "The Apprentice" not "The Apprentices". I seem to recall a certain someone saying they lost respect for Randall because he wrote down the wrong channel on a poster for crying sake, after carrying her through 2 challenges, and he's supposed to share his crown with her. Randall was consistently the best on this show, by far, why should he have to share his role. I didn't see anyone claiming that Kwame should get to share his role with Bill. This is ridicolous. He had Rebecca's back throughout the last 4-5 weeks, and I've never seen her show more than slight gratitude to the person who has carryed her through, literally with her bags like he was her servant and figuratively. So, now Randall is an asshole, PLEASE.

Darone at December 16, 2005 03:40 PM

What the fuck is YOUR problem?

Everyone's entitled to their opinion; there's nothing wrong with people who hold a different one than you do. Don't be rude, and I won't have to either.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 03:42 PM

That's a good idea come to think of it!

I heart Kwame.

Soosan at December 16, 2005 03:50 PM


Soosan at December 16, 2005 03:53 PM

Darone, please. Don't embarass yourself.

The title of the show should determine the rules of the game? Seriously? That's the best you got? Trump can fire multiple people in one week, but he can't hire multiple people because of the title of the show? It's that easy?

And Randal was never asked to "share his crown" with anybody. He was the winner, fair and square, and that couldn't be taken from him. But there's winning the game and there's getting a job with Trump -- two different things. Trump can offer a job to anybody he wants at any time, and he was asking Randal if he should offer Rebecca the "sloppy seconds" job that Randal wasn't going to be taking himself. That's not quite "sharing".

As for Kwame, Trump never asked Bill if Kwame should have a job too, so the comparison is "ridicolous" (sic). It's like apple-tinis and orange-tinis.

Randal was carrying Rebecca's bags because SHE HAD A BROKEN ANKLE AND WAS USING CRUTCHES. Not because he was her "servant", either figuratively or literally.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 04:25 PM


First, I don't see how I attacked anybody with my statements, I didn't call anyone a name or insult someone, I just expressed my general problem with what I'm hearing. If we aren't supposed to express opinions that differ with the consensus on this board, then let me know and I won't come back. Even though, despite your comment, I love your blog and have read it for at least a year and half.

Second, my problem is that I'm frustrated that Randall, who has a unbelievable background, has proved himself time and time again during this competition, has showed more graciousness than anyone else on this show is now being, may I say RUDELY castigated for wanting to be the WINNER of "The Apprentice." The notion that he SHOULD have to share his prize with someone who was a competitor, was not all that complimentary from where I stood, who he helped get through this competition, and who he was more than kind and gracious to through this competition, is a sentiment that I've NEVER seen about one of these shows.

So, maybe I have to much invested in a stupid game show, but while I can respectfully disagree with who was the more deserving. Some of statement in the comments seem to ask of Randall, more than than they would of Rebecca, or Bill or Kelly.

Darone at December 16, 2005 04:28 PM

Darone, please stay. Let me explain. It's about tone - things like "I cannot believe you people" and calling others' opinions "ridiculous" don't exactly endear you to anyone. I will tolerate just about anything on this board, but not commenters being rude to each other or disrespecting others' opinions. It's not that hard to say, "I respectfully disagree and here's why." And by the way, that goes for ALL OF US HERE. I know I'm coming across as a bitch, but I don't want TMFT to degrade into one of those nightmare forums where everyone fights to be heard instead of actually having fun conversation.


The thing is, nobody will ever agree on whether or not Randal was asked to share his prize. Some people believe he was, some people believe he wasn't. Don't state things as a matter of fact unless you are actually Randal or Trump. :)

I don't want to get into comparing seasons because each season is different. This one was all about surprises - surprise mass firings, twists and turns, etc. Comparing it to Bill, Kelly or Kendra's seasons seems futile, because this didn't happen to any of them.

I love Randal; I picked him as the winner on the first episode. He's a local boy and we're all very happy with him here in Jersey. However, I personally found his actions in the final boardroom to be disappointing. Doesn't mean I don't still think he's an amazing and accomplished man. He just didn't do what I would have done in the situation, and I'm bummed that the season didn't end with success for both him and Rebecca.

I understand you're pissed, but maybe you should save your anger for Trump - for putting Randal in that awful situation to begin with. I think everyone here would agree with you on that!

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 04:48 PM

:: whispers ::

and by the way, in season one I was totally hoping that Trump would hire Kwame as well as Bill.

:: tiptoes away ::

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 04:51 PM

Geekboy -

> It's like apple-tinis and orange-tinis.


Laura at December 16, 2005 04:54 PM

Darone, you're right. You have every right to disagree. But your tone came off a bit strong. Also, you seem to be pulling the same trick that Alla and the other "apprenti" on the show were pulling -- trying to turn Rebecca into some weak, villainous player that Randal had to "carry". And that's a blatant (and RUDE) mischaracterization.

Did Randal play a better game? Certainly. And he deserved the win. And I agree that he's been gracious throughout the season. But last night, he wasn't. Throughout the final boardroom, he was out for blood, and denying Rebecca a job (not the "crown", just a job) was not gracious at all.

I loved Randal all season, but the higher you put somebody on a pedestal, the farther they have to fall. And for me (and many others), he fell quite a bit last night.

You're free to disagree. But don't bash Rebecca unfairly, then get upset when other people bash Randal. It goes both ways.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 04:58 PM

Okay, so Freakgirl said just about everything I did ... only better. And before me. I hate her.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 05:00 PM

GB, you're just jealous. There can only be one Boss of the Boards. Just like there can only be one apprentice. Bitch!

What the fuck was that all about? After seeing Randal's education cred, I was amazed at how he'd remained a relatively low-key player up 'till almost 1/3 of the way into the show.

But that was SO a dick move on his part. Rebecca even left the door WIDE ASS open for a double hiring when she was all "I would love the condo job." Trump should've just hired 'em both and left Randal to pout like Alla.

Seriously? Alla? Beat down. If I were Rebecca, I would have gone Omarosa crazy on all those suckas.

Next fantasy game is mine. Y'HEARD?
Congrats, btw, FG. :) Nice.

sar at December 16, 2005 05:06 PM

hi. i have no control over my curse words anymore. my bad.

sar at December 16, 2005 05:06 PM


Duly noted about the tone, and I still love you and your blog. And your exactly right about Trump.

My frustration is that Randall was put in an impossible situation, not knowing whether he would be sharing his title or whether Rebecca would just be in the organization in some independent capacity. I think that everyone has seen enough of him to give him a little slack in the heat of the moment, just like we should have known that Alla was going to go all Cruela on someone, anyone (man that depression comment earlier in the season was cold, like ICE).

I just hate it when people are so quick to tear a person down, especially a person that I think demonstrated their class, kindness and compassion throughout the show, especially towards Rebecca. Did Randall do the right thing? Possibly, Possibly not. But is he now all of sudden THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD, as Keith Olbermann would say, definitely not. I guess, if I didn't see some of the overheated vitrol aimed at him, I wouldn't be so angry about much of the criticism, which can defintely be a judgement call.

And I'm out.

Darone at December 16, 2005 05:17 PM

Not sure anybody here was accusing Randal of being the "worst person in the world". After the final episode, I don't think as much of him as I did the whole season, but I don't think he's the Antichrist or anything. But he's also not the Second Coming. He's received enough praise on this board and others all season that I think he can withstand a little bashing for one day for some questionable behavior before he fades off into reality show obscurity.

I'm sure he'll cry about it all the way to the bank.

GeekBoy at December 16, 2005 05:33 PM

I hope we're cool, Darone. I expect to see you back for next season!

I'm really hoping that Randal does an interview where he explains his thought process last night.

freakgirl at December 16, 2005 05:51 PM

I have it....

wait for it...


(still waiting for it?)

Appren-tinis! :)

Soosan at December 16, 2005 06:07 PM

I don't think he was the worst person in the world, but I was really let down because, as Darone mentioned, he was until then a gracious and respectful person. I was only holding him to the standard he himself presented to us.

I remain disappointed in him. I thought it was a jerk-ass thing to do, and as far as I'm concerned, he came off like a petulant little kid.

Maggie at December 16, 2005 06:09 PM

Soosan, don't you mean, Apprentine-eye?

Maggie at December 16, 2005 06:28 PM

I also want to know what happened between the last task and this live finale that turned every former candidate so anti-Rebecca. I can see being pro-Randal; he looked like a winner from day 1, but as was already said here: what was up with the booing Rebecca and pro-single apprentice sentiment? It looked like the Salem witch trials or something with everyone getting all hysterical (Alla and Felicia are crazy). I wonder if they all had to continue living in that apartment together all of those weeks...

Tricia at December 16, 2005 06:40 PM

Tricia, I know.. it's mind boggling eh? Maybe they resent her for all the Toral love? Who knows..

Maggie... Touché!

Soosan at December 16, 2005 06:58 PM

Who did Rebecca's hair? She looks like she's auditioning for the 2006 remake of Coal Miner's Daughter.

Daisylou2 at December 16, 2005 07:20 PM

A-hA!! Daisylou!

That's it!

She went to one of Alla's salon and left a crummy tip.

Soosan at December 16, 2005 07:31 PM


1. Some of you say that Randal was "out for blood" in the final board room. Isn't that what the final boardroom supposed to be about? Every "Final board room" I've seen each candidate had to forcefully make a case for themselves regardless of how friendly they were with the other opponent. How is THIS boardroom different than any other with the final two saying the other should not work for Trump bacause (fill in the blank) and you should hire me because (Fill in the blank). Randal was only doing what was necessary to survive. I think Rebecca was doing the same thing.

2. It was not fair of Trump to make Randal make that decision. What a lame thing to do. I feel like Trump was trying to save HIS ass for ultimately not hiring Rebecca. If he wanted to hire both he should have SAID so. He had no problems firing 4 and 2 people at a time...why not hiring 2 at the same time...easy as pie Donald!

3. I don't know...I don't think Randal's behavior was that terrible. Perhaps his mindset was skewed after winning. I get the sense that neither one of them knew or sense a double hiring. Once you find out you are the winner....all common sense (or most of it anyway) goes right out the window. If Trump wanted to know Randal's opinion (or Rebecca's) he should have asked BEFORE hiring. (I thought he did but what do I know...)

I agree with Randal in a sense...the show's premise is ONE person out of xx number of people. It seems kind of lame to have a premise for the tv show* then later say "oh we'll make up the rules as we go along" ... Not many reality shows would last that long if all they did was make up the rules as they go along. That is partly why this whole season seemed so off to me...too many already established processess were broken. "Hmm lets fire 4 people! That will shake up everybody...we're allowed to make up the rules as we go along". Call me crazy but in business, making up rules as you go along ain't the best practice in town in most cases.

I don't think Randal was a "dick" as some have "lovingly" called him...rather I think his head got temporarily swollen from all the attention and thrill of winning.

Just my 1/2 cent...

FuzzDuckie at December 16, 2005 07:32 PM

Ooo, ooo, I forgot to comment on Yahoo! I mean, WTF was that? They screw up and forbid soliciting donations at a fundraiser, and then, to make up for it, they offer a whopping $ be split between BOTH charities? Exsqueeze me? This is Yahoo, people. They make $100K every five minutes. They couldn't fork over more than that for their peoples' fuck-up? That's just wrong, wrong, wrong.

And I just came up with a new nickname for Alla, ten minutes too late to matter: Stripperalla. Hee, I crack myself up.

Greater Czarina at December 16, 2005 08:16 PM

I'm surprised no one has brought up Trump's assholeness as a reason for Randall's decision. Maybe Randall thought if he said yes to Trump's question, Trump would call him weak and take away his title. Now that would have been entertaining TV!!

By the way -- if apprenti is a word so is assholeness...

girard at December 16, 2005 08:57 PM

I did have that thought for a moment, girard. Like Trump might say, "Oh, you think Rebecca is deserving of a job? Well, she's getting yours."

Ugh, could you imagine?

freakgirl at December 17, 2005 12:51 AM

I hope last night's finale sparks a trend.

Pretty soon we'll have shows with new names: "American Idols." "Survivors."

Or as Randal would say: "American Idoli." "Survivori."

Jim at December 17, 2005 01:59 AM

Count me in as disappointed with Randal's selfish, not wanting to share the spotlight move. I totally respected him and thought he deserved to win as well, up until the last 30 seconds as Freakgirl noted. I picked him in the Fantasy game, after my first pick (one of the random 3 guys from the mega-quadruple-firing) was booted. I was "Stacie's Magic 8 Ball" on the pick 'em, and came in a respectable 4th place in the final standings, woo!

I was really wishing (and maybe he would have, if time hadn't run out) Trump would have turned it all around and said:

"Randal, apparently I may have been wrong about you. If you can't recognize intelligence and talent when it's sitting right next to you... in that case... Rebecca my love, you're hired! Randal... OUT! GO! NOW!"

(camera cuts to Toral high-fiving herself)

I saw both Randal and Rebecca interviewed individually on The Today Show Friday morning, and Randal gave this explanation to Matt Lauer:

(paraphrasing) "Matt, if you won a gold medal at the Olympics, would you expect them to turn around and give one to the silver medalist as well?" So basically it WAS the whole "competition" factor, and he wasn't looking at it in the job interview aspect.

Matt called Randal's decision "ballsy" (ROFL) and Trump said that "99% of the people would have said YES, hire Rebecca... but Randal is a tough cookie."

Tough cookie = Trumpspeak for "selfish jerkface".

Oops, I almost forgot to mention how the crowd gathered outside Rockefeller Center (the interview was outdoors) literally BOOED Randal the entire segment.

Rebecca handled it all with grace, she was not upset, said she was proud of her accomplishment of achieving second place. She didn't say anything bad about Randal, just something about "different people making different decisions". When asked if it were the other way around and Trump had asked HER if he should hire Randal too, she (of course) would have said YES.

Wendy at December 17, 2005 02:42 AM


I just watched The Today Show again, and what Trump said was "tough GUY", not cookie. Pretty much the same thing though...

I also forgot to mention that one of the female Scrooge-tinis from Yahoo offered Rebecca a job with Yahoo! Finance, something about joining their staff which includes Ben Stein, etc. as a contributer and working on projects. Rebecca seemed interested (unless it was just a polite response), saying she would like to love to continue the conversation and she really appreciated it from Yahoo! Of course, that was the right thing to say, since no salary was mentioned in the offer!

Rebecca was extremely classy in handling what could have been a "woe is me" interview. She said that "Randal is entitled to his opinion" and when asked if the tables had been turned - she replied:

"I absolutely would have said YES... I would never see a reason to exclude valuable individuals from an organization, particularly in a leadership or management role, that's the JOB of a leader."

Summary: Rebecca goes out with CLASS, Randall goes out an ASS.

Wendy at December 17, 2005 09:43 AM

It sure looks like MarkB. and the Donald got what they wanted. A whole bunch of extra PR for a show with failing ratings.

It is just to bad it was at the expense of Randall.
As far as having to call to Randall several times after he won--that is the same scenario on every Apprentice there has been.

Rebecca should have done something to make money for her charity. There was a scene where Toral actually had to remind rebecca what this task was for.
She could not get past Yahoo as her clients.

Oh well--personally--I am done with the show. I am not happy with the so called "stunts". Trump took away the integrity of the show.

When oh when did Trump suddenly care about crying females and tough boardrooms etc...?

Bubbi at December 17, 2005 10:00 AM

"Trump took away the integrity of the show."

That's an interesting statement. Trump's a brilliant businessman and he has a pretty good sense of humour as far as laughing at himself, but that's about it as far as I'm concerned. Being Trump's show, there was very little integrity in it to begin with, in my opinion. He's a megalomaniac.

I think our mistake is to expect anything from Trump at all, really. We can enjoy the show for what it's worth, or not.

Maggie at December 17, 2005 01:16 PM

The thing is, although Jim jokes, American Idol is similar to The Apprentice in that it's a "talent" showcase, unlike Survivor where it's a game. And, as such, if there is more than one talented person, why shouldn't they be rewarded? No one has cried foul in any of the American Idol seasons when the second place finisher got a record contract so why are people complaining if the second place finisher here gets a job contract? Ruben still is the official American Idol winner for his season but that hasn't stopped Clay Aiken from being more successful. As most of the people here mentioned, the problem was in letting Randal make the decision.

Cheri at December 17, 2005 11:33 PM

Don't know where else to put this question: will there be discussion of Project Runway 2 on TMFT?

yahtzee at December 21, 2005 08:50 AM

I dunno, yahtzee. I don't watch it. Do you, Max, or Maggie? Or J.Go, even? :)

freakgirl at December 21, 2005 01:14 PM

I honestly lost interest in the begining of this season. I wonder if there will be a game download of this show soon.

Darius Young at December 27, 2005 08:57 AM
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