May 11, 2009

LKL WEB EXCLUSIVE: A Very Happy Joan Rivers

Posted: 02:39 PM ET

Joan Rivers' commentary is an LKL Web Exclusive.Joan-and-Trump

She will be a guest tonight on LKL.


I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON!!! I WON!!!

I’m on top of the world today!!! I have nothing but nice things to say about everyone involved with the Celebrity Apprentice and I’m thrilled with Donald’s choice.

To be totally honest with you, I didn’t know I’d won until Donald said to Annie, “You’re Fired.” But the funniest line of the night came from my daughter Melissa who ran over to me after I won, saying, “I’m so happy!!! I feel like the mother of the bride!!!”

My grandson, Cooper, also had a great time at the finale and got to interview Donald for a school project. Guess what his question was? “How’d you get so rich?” Donald stopped and told him, “I worked very hard.” When it was time for Cooper to ask a second question he said, “I forgot what I was going to ask you.”

Nothing made me happier than seeing all of my friends from God’s Love We Deliver during the finale. Everyone who worked so hard during the silent VIP auction showed up. So far we’ve raised over half-a-million dollars for their cause (and this is during a recession!!).

My one and only regret is that in the Rivers’ house, Melissa won’t let me believe that charity begins at home.


Thank you to everyone who has sent me great wishes throughout the course of the show.  Your support means the world to me!

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Noreen Rose   May 11th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Shame on CNN and Larry King for giving the Anthony’s another platform. Stop watching CNN. I am !

Lisa   May 11th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

I will no longer watch Larry King since he decided to give a platform to George and Cindy Anthony. The despicable people lied to the nation and Larry King December 10, 2008. Now he wants them to come back and spew more lies! Time to hang it up, Larry! You have jumped the shark!

Ed Zelnis   May 11th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

I have always been a fan of Joan. My wife has bought her jewelry and we have attended her Vegas shows, but I am completely disgusted by her appalling conduct on "The Celebrity Apprentice". and can never be a fan again.
It was horrible to see that she clearly caused the interior designer to quit on both she and Annie, then lied shamelessly about having done so, all the while blathering on about honor and integrity.
It has been equally horrible to watch her toxic personality unleashed anytime things didn't go her way. Venomous people such as Joan are a pox on decent folks, and they should be put in their place, not rewarded. Shame on Donald Trump!
The mathematical expertise needed to be a successful poker player is a formidable skill. Annie is a lovely girl who posesses this skill, and she is obviously loved by her friends and collegues. We also learned that she can cook, juggle, write a song and excell at everything she was asked to do. The final result was actually disturbing!
And, as for integrity and honor, I wonder what Johnny Carson would have had to say on that subject!

trimm   May 11th, 2009 5:49 pm ET



Janice   May 11th, 2009 6:12 pm ET

Joan Rivers is an obnoxious woman who should have been fired after
her first failed project. She and her crazy daughter would never be allowed to behave in such a childish and hateful manner in a real boardroom. Donald saw a good marketing situation and ran with it. Ask him who he would hire for his real company......where his money is on the line.......I bet the answer is Annie.

Irene, TX   May 11th, 2009 6:19 pm ET

Joan Rivers makes me sick, she always have. How can anyone stand her is totally beyond me. She and her unremarkable daughter had partially ruined several Oscars for me – that couple as judges of style and fashion! minding what they have been wearing themselves, and their ill manners... Gimmi a break!! That was the worst joke of the century. Thank God it's over. Ms. Rivers, for you own good please stop vivisecting your face over and over again. It can rupture in viewers' faces. Every age should have its own dignity.

susan   May 11th, 2009 6:46 pm ET

i think Joan Rivers deserved to win. she worked hard through the whole series of projects and proved to be an energetic 75=year-old super winner!

Nicole   May 11th, 2009 8:38 pm ET

Larry we do not want another boring and bogus show with George and Cindy Anthony. To give them more airtime is a slap in the face to those families who have missing children. You can always air ship crab puffs to Orlando and have a show about children who are stll missing such as Adji Desir, Haleigh Cummings and Madeleine McCann SANS the Anthonys.

Caylee advocate   May 11th, 2009 8:41 pm ET

i don't care about Joan Rivers.I care about Caylee's memory.If you have the Anthonys on i will never watch CNN again.

cappuccino   May 11th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

First of all, CONGRATS Joan, way to go – you played your hand & took the winning pot away from that arrogant, self-involved backstabbing trash mouth poker player – although I can't agree with your comparison to Hitler to anyone, you read Annie right on the money. Wait to watch the finale episode, the woman would not hush about you & guess what Designer David quit because he was a drama queen who couldnt handle something beyond white drapes, not your fault you tried to work with him – that was ludacrious!

Now, on to an ongoing discussion here & every recent LKL blog, first of all I do not appreciate my posts being removed as I have a right to speak just as much as Larry insists on shoving the Anthony lies down our throats. I have watched these blogs for the past 3 days extremely closely so there are no excuses good enough for Larry & his production staff to ignore a vast majority of their viewers concerns & feelings on Cindy & George Anthony appearing yet again all expenses paid.

If you insist on having them on as a guest it means you have decided to support people that have blatantly lied, obstructed justice & continue to accuse others falsely of commiting a crime their daughter committed in an attempt to save her from a murder one conviction of THEIR GRANDDAUGHTER! Please, for the love of God why would you disrespect the memory of this beautiful babygirl by hosting the very people that turned their backs on her!

Alia   May 11th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

Joan I love you...your courage stamina and intelligence are truly an inspiration to me

angela   May 11th, 2009 9:04 pm ET

Oh gees, arent we starting to see a real pattern here, Donald gets to decide about another pagaent again, what a huge coincidence. Anything remotely run by Trump seems to reek of Trump.

angela   May 11th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

I dont like Joan, but I like her.

ckelly   May 11th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

Congratulations Joan!It was a great season-glad you won!!

Dee   May 11th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Joan you did an excellent job in kicking butt, wtg

Paul   May 11th, 2009 9:11 pm ET

I liked Annie better, but I was happy to see Joan win. =)

Dee   May 11th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

Joan you have got to be the funniest woman, I love your humor

Carmella   May 11th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

I am glad NBC decided to do another season of the Apprentice because that's the only thing I watch on NBC now other than the news. The line up on NBC needs some work.

Claudia   May 11th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Love you Joan!

Dee   May 11th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

Joan I just love the charity you picked, ty for picking such a needed charity

Carolyn R   May 11th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Way to go Joan! More inspiring than your age is the grace and high road that you took to become the Celebrity Apprentice. Canada loves you and were rooting for you from beginning to finale. Also, thank you for your continuing to support people living with HIV and AIDS. Your charity is wonderful. You are a remarkable person who makes me proud to be a

Ruth Ann Miller   May 11th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Way to go Joan!!! Glad to know you still have it after all these years!!!

Ann   May 11th, 2009 9:15 pm ET

Congratulations, Joan! You deserved to win.

karen   May 11th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Congratulations Joan! An African proverb says, "Life is war. Family is army." You were absolutely right to pull no punches in defending your integrity against that liar Annie! The show is not and never has been about raising money, and Joan was a superior manager who demonstrated her ability to attend to the task as assigned–a deserving apprentice!

Jeff from Jersey; yes New Jersey   May 11th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Just finished reading Ms River*s blog. No matter what you think of her, you have to admit that she is one funny lady. Congrats on her appointment

Marilyn   May 11th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Joan, I am delighted that you won! I watched this throughout because of YOU. You are the one that caused the ratings to be so high for this Celebrity Apprentice – it was a great cast but you were the STAR. Annie Duke truly seemed obsessed with your demise ... maybe it was editing but it certainly seemed that way. You are brilliant and I am so happy for you and relieved that you were the WINNER!

Maire   May 11th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

Congratulations to Joan – she deserves it all , especially after the way poor Melissa was treated by those two little spiteful cats. Joan showed true professionalism all the way – a real trooper – no easy feat at any age let alone 75 – very gutsy and great stamina. Well done!!

Sandra Burrows   May 11th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Congratulations Joan and what a wonderful charity you sponsor! You touch lives directly and you do so much. No wonder the terrific people at Love We Deliver came to help out at the auction. I watched Linda Evans win Hell's Kitchen UK last week and it just goes to show that class acts do finish first!

Carmella   May 11th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

I liked Annie better, but it's okay that Joan won. It was a hard decision. Joan did win the final task, but Annie was the type of Executive I would want working for me. She was hard, didn't take any mess and got the job done and she was very persuasive. I hope the Donald brings Annie back next season, she is totally strategic almost to her own fault. Annie is awesome.

James31   May 11th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Shame on Donald Trump for going with Rivers. If this is a way to get publicity, let's hope people entering the work force don't have the idea Joan's behavior in a boardroom is acceptable. Rivers said tonight that no one had heard of Annie Duke prior to this. Wrong, Rivers. I could not believe I wasted three hours to see that finish. I will hope for the sake of Annie that it was rigged and she knew the outcome ahead of time. She displayed the best skills throughout. Also, what was Donald thinking to have two members from the same family on together? That hardly makes an equal playing field. If he wants to do that, then make them the two finalist. He seems like a very nice man but has struck out twice lately; once with this and the other with Ms. California. Everyone can have their opinion about her straight forward answer given at the pageant but no one, including Mr. Trump, has made any reference toward the totally ignorant answers given to the questions about bailing out the banks and about healthcare. People have a problem with an honest answer but apparently no problem with stupidity. Questions on marriage, like questions on abortion, should never be asked in a pageant. As I say, between that and Rivers, I'm not sure about this type of publicity.

Patricia   May 11th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I was very glad Joan won. She was above and beyond Annie and deserved the win. Annie would not survive in the business world for more than a week. Her backstabbing and egotistical attitude would outweigh any slight productivity she may have. Her only survival is as a poker player where her overwhelming ability to lie and promote herself are the skill set required to be successful.

Joan should teach her daughter Melissa about controlling her emotions and when and where to have an outburst. What a performance Melissa put on when she got eliminated.

Congratulations to Joan for her perseverance and stamina!

Gary   May 11th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Bravo Joan!

Congrats God's Love We Deliver!!

You were Great Joan & Hilarious!!

Cookie   May 11th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Joan River said no one ever heard of Annie Duke before her appearance on Celebrity Apprentice. An untrue statement and Joan needs to re-evaluate why she is so well known. The reviews are not all complimentary. Joan Rivers is a self-indulgent, loud mouth 75 year old that has no respect for others and thinks that insulting people is the way to go. Shame on Larry King for wasting his air time tonight giving her more attention than she deserves. Donald Trump would never allow such behavior in his corporation. He exploited her bad behavior for ratings.

Now let's see how Mr. Trump handles the Miss California mess. After all he let one person keep her crown despite her problem with alcohol. Actually taking off your clothes is not illegal but underage drinking is. Beauty contestants are about as fake as you can get (breast implants, hair extensions, dyed hair) so let's not pay too much attention to something that in the long run does not matter.

Melinda   May 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Congrats Joan.

Larry, please cancel the Anthony appearance, scheduled for May 13th. They talked their talk back in December on your show, and you had to have seen what lies they were telling!! You know that the very next day events disproved everything they said on your show the night before. Your viewers do not want to see them again. We are tired of the never ending lies, the misplacement of guilt and the lack of any regard what so ever concerning their own granddaughter Caylee Marie Anthony and the fact that they only want to make money by using her name. All the while never searching for Caylee before her scattered skeleton was found. They have never searched for any "kidnapper", which is the story they are sticking with. And now you are giving them national air time to continue on with this charade. Shame on you that money is more important to you than seeking justice for an innocent 2 year old who was murdered by the one person she should have been able to trust the most, George and Cindy's own daughter, Casey.

Katrina   May 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I am so happy that Annie didn't win! The things she said about people (not just Joan) and the way she treated people was horrible! It was always about her and how she can do everything and how she did it all on her own. She rarely gave credit to people, you see that especially in the last episode. Whenever she talks, she sounds angry and what an manipulator. She comments about her the bedroom and how she wanted Joan to die was completely disgusting.

With that said, there were things that Joan said that was wrong. When her daughter acted up after she was fired, Joan also should not have acted the way she did. Other than that, I am happy for Joan and very VERY happy for Joan's charity! It's good to keep that money in America for a great grassroots charity. I hope when I am 74 that I will have Joan's energy!!

annette   May 11th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

This is the first time I have watched a reality show or so I thought. It is clear this should be under soaps in daytime. I was a manager and if anyone had acted like Joan Rivers in a boardroom Human Resources would be called and she would have been fired. Joan grow up. Is it 75 or 5 years so sad to see you act that way. So long any show that has anything to do with such an unprofessional person. Sunday nights now are resevered for cleaning before I would watch Celebrity Apprentice again.

Karen   May 11th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Joan your awsome!! I was sooooo glad you kick Annie's poker playing butt!! Your daughter and grandson must be really proud of you!

Anthony Peterson   May 11th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Disagree w/ the 'gay' establishment and u get bash....that would b straight-bashing. Isnt that reverse dicrimination??? Lets face it, Ms Ca doesnt agree w/ that life style nor does millions of Americans. Stop reverse-bashing....

Fanny Mae   May 11th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Joan, you are a funny woman and sensible. PLEEASSE talk to Larry and beg him to not give the Anthony's a forum to plea for support for their disgusting misleading Foundation. Ask them how they are paying their bills and supporting themselves. This needs to be asked.

patricia wallisch, DM   May 11th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I have a question for Donald Trump. How could you pick someone so unprofesssional as Joan Rivers to be the winner on your show last night? In the business world the the things she was saying would be considered a major reason to fire someone. I guess I don't get it! Are you just good friends? It seemed that way throughout the program. I guess I would really question your style of leadership. As a Doctor of Management I would have made sure she didn't return when she burst out of the show a few weeks ago. I now wonder about the seriousness of your show , or are you just trying to get a fan base of older adults to watch the next round?

Liz - Cary, Il   May 11th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

So happy for Joan. There is a reason she's been in hollywood as long as she has. Joan has a great business sense but what sets her apart is her heart. She was so genuine and passionate about her charity. You can see they felt the same about her. The dynamics between her and Melissa may be over the top but it's not for us to judge. The relationship works for them. I read about celebs like Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston who have spoken to their parents in years. Joan was so right when she said that noone ever heard of Annie Duke before this show. Way to go Joan!

Linda   May 11th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Annie Duke might be hard but she's a hard worker and I saw her playing a fair game. She showed her softer side, too, and she can't help being a Type A personality. Joan and Melissa are comedians who can work people and garner sympathy no matter what they do or say. I prefer Annie's forthright manner and Donald Trump probably wanted to hire her but had to pick Joan or else the audience would've stoned him.

lee   May 11th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I have been watching apprentice since day one. i love the concept of the show, but this will be the last for me, and from what i have been reading on other sites the majority feels the same. I realize it came down to the charity, bottom line, keep the $ in the U.S. I could not help but notice when all of the past celebrities walked out on stage with Trump they waved and acknowledged the audience Except for JR and her brat, that shows true colors, Annie you know you won!

ollie   May 11th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

why was the joan rivers part of the live show blacked out on cnn

ollie   May 11th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

JOANis the one IT is not all about annie at last , what happend to the rest of annies team oh I forgot annie did it all by herself

JJ Cohen   May 11th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Cheers to Donald for selecting Joan Rivers as the new Celebrity Apprentice! I think that it's a strong message Mr. Trump is sending to corporate America that EXPERIENCE is the best teacher and a woman of Joan's strong resilence and stamina deserves to win. Mr. Trump wasn't necessarily looking for a strong fundraiser this go around, but someone with hard and a survivor who has heart and courage and believes that charity begins at home! Joan has an impressive background and resume and hopefully, the corporate world will take a message from Mr. Trump's selection that just because someone is over 50 and/or a baby boomer they still have the tenacity, passion and willpower to perform just as well and even better than the kids out there.

Congratulations Joan and may you continue to flourish in your sunset years!!!!

Dogs Rule   May 11th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

I've always liked Joan Rivers. I remember her with another face on the old Tonight Show with Johnnie Carson or was it Jack Parr? She was a cute young girl then. Must have been Parr. Anyway, she was complaining that she couldn't get a date or something. I must be the oldest person ever on the internet since I remember that.

But Larry, I do hope you cancel the appearance by the Anthonys on Wednesday night. It's not too late to cancel their hotel reservations. No...Wait. Let them get to Orlando airport and find out their airplane reservations have been cancelled. What a hoot. Dare you!!!!

lee   May 11th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Donald – You're FIRED!!

pt   May 11th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Annie was the best player. Joan and her daughter were terrible and I could not believe how they acted. Joan, you are beneath Annie in class and I am glad her friends gave you the "queen's wave"

Gilly   May 11th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

In regards to the Miss California controversy, when someone is asked a question and they express their opinion, it should be regarded as just that. Their opinion and their beliefs, it is a free country isn’t it? On the other hand if a person is deceptive and the truth is not told when knowingly singing a document, they should be penalized for lying, because it is simply just wrong to lie.

jo k   May 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

gee thanks for not posting my rant against joan r – now i'm starting to think cnn, donald trump and larry king r all being bought by ratings

dolores   May 11th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Always liked Joan Rivers but after watching the show and the way her and her daughter acted. I don't respect either one any more. their true colors came out. Shame On Donald Trump.

Elle   May 11th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Congratulations Joan!!
I certainly don't agree with her name-calling comments but so many of the things Joan Rivers mentioned about Annie Duke seemed correct, from the footage the viewers saw. Annie Duke played the "game" but I, maybe wrongly, looked at it more like a competition, in the same vein as Idol and Dancing with the Stars, where the best person wins, not the most conniving.
I've never seen anyone blow their own horn like Annie Duke and take credit for everything and I can't believe the nasty things that both contestants said about each other so I hope that finalists can look at the episodes and realize that their behavior was not exactly honorable.

Maureen   May 11th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Congratulations, Joan!!! It was a tough competition and you showed grace and you worked with people where they were. You're hilarious and wonderfully bright. Joan of AARP indeed!

Joan O'Brien   May 11th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

Congratulations Joan, I really enjoyed the show. As I watched week after week I grew to see Annie as an immature mean spirited individual, she did not deserve to win. Joan you go girl........

Loraine   May 11th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Enough with the Anthony's family...
Her daughter will be more likely convicted of the crime she is accused of...The Anthony's believe that now their grandaughter is gone let's save our daughter...very sick that little girl deserves justice and peace..
But mostly what I find horribly offending is that the Anthony's are helping their daughter to convict anyone they can think of ..they stand by their daughter while she is willingly ruining other 's people reputations like the so called nany that does not exist...
I do not believe for one minute that the Anthony's believe their daughter they just do not want to face the facts and obviously did not truly love their granddaughter..
I have got news for the Anthony's criminals never admit to their crimes and they will try to put it on somebodyelse if they can..they will do anything to save their own skin...
Those people are so wonder their daughter committed the crime of killing her own daughter..

Tracie   May 12th, 2009 12:13 am ET

Joan totally WON the game over Annie. Annie used all of her Poker plays on the show and it backfired!!

CJ   May 12th, 2009 12:15 am ET

The fix was in when Joan got selected to go to the finals. Annie defeated her up and down in the business events, but she was Trumps friend so he selected her. That was the last CA I'm watching.

RSC In DC   May 12th, 2009 12:17 am ET

Joan.. you are awesome!!! Good won out over Evil. We'll see soon who is still doing charity work, if SHE ever did anything outside of write a check, once the camera's stop rolling.. You go!!!

Elaine G.   May 12th, 2009 12:19 am ET

Congratulations Joan! I loved your work and spirit on the Apprentice. I'm glad you won. You're an inspiration. I appreciated all the values you displayed on Apprentice.

I agree Annie was dishonest, but feel the point could have been made with more dipolomacy.

I loved watching Celebrity Apprentice and really enjoyed watching Joan.

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:20 am ET

Just calling it like i see it.

Elaine   May 12th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I just love Joan. She is so honest and knows people. Trump picked the right woman.

Christi   May 12th, 2009 12:21 am ET

Congratulations, Joan!!! I was so happy when you got 'hired'!
You made this season's "Celebrity Apprentice" so wonderfully entertaining.
I wish I had your energy and drive. You are amazing!
P.S. I stil love your pitch, "cluck, cluck, cluck, ...splash!" hehehehe You cracked me up!
Laughter really does keep you young, heals the heart, and is the universal language.
You deserved to win last night and I was damn glad that you did.

sidney53   May 12th, 2009 12:21 am ET





TRUMPS HAIR   May 12th, 2009 12:21 am ET

I read every post here and all I got to say is WOW.
Joan Rivers Hosted 'How'd You Get So Rich?' hosted by mark brunett
Trumps sister on the board of joans charity
Filling the room for the final show
with Joans friends
calling a bunch of drag queens celebritys
having 2 people (Joan and Mellisa) OUT SHOUT everyone in the board room and play together every week no matter which team they were on
Having Joan "QUIT" and then un-quit

I could go on and on but I have wasted too much of my life on this already.
I always thought making alliances and playing other players was the "theme" of these shows.
I think the MAIN reason Joan won whas her AGE.
OK she is old..... IS SHE GONNA START BANNING GEORGE?????????

SHARON GLOVER   May 12th, 2009 12:22 am ET

Joan is one BAD....MAMAJAMA! I LOVE HER! Her integrity is beyond measure. The best Celebrity Apprentice won. She is an inspiration to all women that age is indeed just a number....she's not getting older..she's getting better! You go've made women everywhere proud. Touche Mr. Trump for having the foresight to Hire Joan Rivers!

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Joan really your attitude stinks . You think you are better than the average jo. Guess what your not.

Terry   May 12th, 2009 12:23 am ET

Say, Joan. What do you think about putting Annie Duke and her poker playing friends in "special camps" ?? Then you can come up with a
"Final Solution" for them!!!

phil/serena   May 12th, 2009 12:27 am ET

Picking Joan was a big mistake, someone that mean spirited does not deserve to win. It sends the wrong message.

marie   May 12th, 2009 12:31 am ET

I am glad that Joan won. She has more energy than most people half her age.
I feel that although Annie was able to earn money for her charity I got tired of hearing her favorite and overused word "I". "I did this... I did that... My friends like me." She was great at putting people down. I feel that she acted like a 15 year old girl as did Melissa. Melissa showed no class when she left. Joan has much more class than either of them.
i have never been a fan of Joan Rivers but I now I have a new respect for her.

Karen Neely   May 12th, 2009 12:35 am ET

I can't believe Joan said nobody knew Annie Duke before The Apprentice. Joan River's is nuts! Annie should have won!

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:37 am ET

Joan are you a christian? If so please tell us where you go to church so we can pray for you guys.

Rosanne   May 12th, 2009 12:40 am ET

I am so disappointed that Trump hired Joan. In this day and age, her behavior was totally inappropriate and would never be accepted in a "real" job. Obviously she and her daughter are 2 spoiled women who are used to getting what they the sake of other people. Her personal attacks were horrible, and condoning that by Trump made me disgusted. There is no excuse for her meanness. I don't care how old she is, she acted like a bratty kid and gives women a bad reputation, for attacking personally. I will never watch that show or her again. It truly made me sick.

sharon   May 12th, 2009 12:42 am ET

Good for Joan, she did an amazing job- and Donald noticed this in her- hopefully he will realize that letting miss U.S.A. keep her crown is against all things moral and truthful. No one else in the past has kept the crown in similar situations- neather should she. If maybe she would have been upfront in the first place, then it might have been a different story. Do the right thing. She did lie- end of story.

Tim   May 12th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Donald you are fired! I did like Joan Rivers as a comedienne but her and her daughter's display on the show was awful. Mean spirited, deragatory and too personal. She is Donald's friend and he picked her because of that. Annie played the game the best, even though she is no angel. Donald went for ratings, of course. So what if Joan is 75, it wasn't a game about the oldest person surviving wins. It is a game about raising money, sad to say, rape your friends for money (Congrats to Jesse for not doing that). Just get celebrities on the phone and see whose friends will donate the most money. One criteria was the celebrities at the event, Joan had impersonators, not real celebrities. You want your picture with a fake Joan Rivers or a real Dennis Rodman, Tom Green and Brandi? Give me a break and take my remote for next season.

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:47 am ET

My wife and I have also decided to not watch Trumps Drama Rama next season . The behavior that was allowed to take place by the Rivers duo was terrible . What a disgrace. Trump you need to reconsider your reasoning behind the apprentice . It doesnt seem like a contest anymore , just another pre wrote ending.

carrie   May 12th, 2009 12:53 am ET

joan derserved to when hands down, I gave up watching brothers & sisters this time only because joan was on, always loved joan and now even more because she proved cheaters (liar) never win. it has nothing to do with age joan is just smarter, and not rude, and a liar. annie had to even try and blame joan for her designer quitting. joan won hands down, like she said tonite on your show when her hands tied behind her. joan you are the best

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Will not buy Kodak products. Will also contact family members , friends & co-workers about kodak boycot!!!!

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 12:56 am ET

Are you nuts Joan was the cause of the designer quitting!!!! Watch the replay carrie!!!!

Francine   May 12th, 2009 12:57 am ET

Annie should never let Joan get under her skin. Good for Joan; I am happy she won. At least Joan tells it to your face. I loved the show...

Betty   May 12th, 2009 1:09 am ET

Bravo Joan Rivers Bravo! Bravo Donald Trump Bravo! Great Celebrity Apprentice, it was so intensely entertaining as well as educational. I haven't always agreed with Joan River's style of humor over the years as it has seemed mean at times. Yet, she is a comedian, knows her craft and what worked best for her during a time when most comedians were all men.
I did admire her tenacity years ago when her husband died so many years ago of suicide. She bravely picked herself back up along with her daughter & kept working very hard and smart.
I wasn't rooting for her at first because I thought she might be a diva who expected everyone else to do most of the work! Was I wrong! I saw how hard she worked throughout the Apprentice week after week, her own hard work, working with the team, her ideas, & her relentless energy were incredible & beyond the rest!
Annie is very smart and talented. The difference is what you see with Joan is what you get...she is a straight shooter, on the level, she tells it to your face, like it or not. Annie may not have said her similiarly "despicable" comments in the Board Room but she said them behind the scenes. Yes, a Human Resources staff would have had cause with Joan's comments in the board room, but you know what, Annie was just as ruthless, she just made her remarks out of the Board Room. Annie and Brandie did play against Melissa, like "Mean Girls" and Brandie wasn't smart enough to realize she was a pawn in it all to Annie's advantage..cuz Annie knew she could beat Brandi any day or time. Notice how Brandie and Annie were never made to really answer the question of whether Brandi could really beat Annie in the Celebrity Apprentice. Melissa sure worked a heck of a lot harder than Brandi every week & is a tougher worker and steps up to the plate. Annie just was able to sneakily play Brandi against Melissa to her advantage & Annie was just playing to win, so I understand.
Joan Rivers I admire your guts, energy and savvy. You deserved to win! You won on 3 out of the 5 categories. You made the correct choice Mr. Trump. Thanks for a fantastic show this season!
From a social worker in IL.


Slickwatts   May 12th, 2009 1:19 am ET

I love Joan. She's right. People think that if you are over 35 you should pack up life. Joan kicked that notion to the curb. YES YOU CAN JOAN...Better yet ...YES YOU DID!!

Faith   May 12th, 2009 1:21 am ET

Congratulations Joan! I am so moved by your magnanimous spirit. I want to be like you when I'm 75! You SO deserved to win. This really made my night!

violetmunroe   May 12th, 2009 3:17 am ET

Larry – Joan Rivers showed how low-life people like herself "win", using any underhanded tactic they can scrape off the bottom of the scum they live and associate with.
Until Celebrity Apprentice show, I had some respect for Joan Rivers – not any more. What a low-class, plastic face, plastic person, evil poor excuse of a "woman".
Clearly, she was going to win, after all, Donald Trump always runs from or fights strong women such as Annie Duke. Such as his miserable track record with another strong woman – Rosie O'Donnel

Guillermo Martinez   May 12th, 2009 3:24 am ET

Congratulations Joan. Annie is a passive aggressive piece of work. The best part of the show was when Donald Trump looked at Annie and she thought she had won, the look of joy on her face, completely shattered a split second later when he turned to you and said you're hired, was priceless.

Carolyn Smith   May 12th, 2009 3:29 am ET

I am so proud of you, Joan! Your spunk, creativity, and quick witted humor are second to none! You are beautiful, hilarious, and intelligent.. She was no match for you.. The look on her face when he said her name was priceless.. She had the look of the cat that ate the canary.. Instead, she was the one with ruffled feathers! Congrats!

mu   May 12th, 2009 3:30 am ET

I am sorry Mr Trump made the decision that he did. The finale felt very 'setup' to me from fairly early on based on the editing of the show and the fact that Mr Trump (and Joan) did not let Annie speak, or ask her team if the designers in fact _did_ quit because of Joan's arrogant attitude. Mr Trump is also a personal friend of Joan Rivers' and therefore I don't think the final decision was impartial at all. I think the final task was a setup and the fact that the designer(s) quit looked very setup. I am disappointed in the way it all played out. Joan is completely 100 percent WRONG when she said on LKL that "nobody" knew who Annie was before the show. She is flaunting her ignorance not only about poker and the poker community, but about the general public and sports fans and who we know and don't know. Poker is a SPORT and a game of SKILL, and I felt Joan was extremely rude to the community as a whole and the players individually, and to Annie Duke who is one of the most famous poker players known male OR female. I'm glad that Joan's charity is getting the money, but the way she earned it is in Joan's own language "despicable!" I used to like Joan Rivers. But watching how she and Mellisa acted and played the game has changed my opinion of them. Let's be clear Joan, poor gamesmanship, a negative attitude, vile personal attacks, and verbally abusing your opponent does not a "winner" make. (I will *not* stoop to your level and call you a "loser" like you called Annie, me, and the millions of good, intelligent, people all over the world who play a sport that you know nothing about.)

jayzee   May 12th, 2009 3:31 am ET

Yay Joan – you were awesome!!!! The best woman won!! And you were right – I had never heard of Annie Duke before and hope to never hear from her again. Her head was so big I don't know how it fit in the boardroom. Yay Joan!!!!!!

egnat   May 12th, 2009 3:33 am ET

A lot of people say that shows like the Celebrity Apprentice are fake. I think they are probably right after last nights show. Last year Piers won because he brought in the most money and completed every task he was given. He was tough but legitimately won because he earned it. Donald Trump must be afraid of Joan Rivers to allow her to win. Her behavior was outrageous. Her tantrums were disgusting and she was pure evil. How do you reward someone who behaved the way she did?? Annie may not have been the kindest person but she should have won hands down. Joan Rivers and her spoiled, talentless daughter should have saved us all their embarrassment and appeared on QVC instead. Apparently Donald Trump felt this was "good TV". We all want to see "professional people" act in a professional way. Not show us how low class they really are...... Joan Rivers acted like a fool through the entire show. He should have fired her early on! She was an embarrassment to his show.

mu   May 12th, 2009 3:45 am ET


Fair and balanced media please. Will you also be inviting Annie Duke to be a guest on your show?

Thank you.

evilnotwin   May 12th, 2009 3:52 am ET

Larry King must be embarrassed by having to interview an obviously mentally impaired Joan Rivers.

I suppose all that unnecessary and apparently unsuccessful plastic surgery somehow affected her mental capacity.

Or possibly she has dementia. Some of the things she says remind me of people who are suffering from that disease.

JH   May 12th, 2009 3:56 am ET

Way to go Joan!!!

Eli   May 12th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Shame on Donald, shame on CNN! I will never watch The Apprentice again. Melissa and her plastic mother should end up in the camp!
Burn them down or blow them up!

mrknowitall   May 12th, 2009 4:33 am ET

friday night lights best show on nbc!!!!!!!

Dave S   May 12th, 2009 4:37 am ET

Trump is a classless, dishonest fraud.. and Joan Rivers has always been and continues to be a vile, wicked, two-faced hateful beast. The irony is too much, Rivers has made a career being exactly what she accuses Annie of being, she is despised by so many in the business for what everyone saw during this show, she's despicable and spiteful beyond belief. A role model Trump calls her? Oh My God, what the hell kind of insanity was this show trying to push on people? It was like the f'ing Twilight Zone. She viciously attacked anyone that she felt threatened her with no moral compass whatsoever to dictate her behavior. Absolutely sickening to watch. And Melissa.. the sad, delusional, spoiled-rotten egomaniac, so ugly inside and out. Poor Annie.. I hope she understands that every intelligent, honest viewer out there saw the truth of what happened...and she deserved so much better. Reality tv sunk to a new low which I didn't think was possible, but Trump and the Rivers witches managed to reach rock bottom.

Tim   May 12th, 2009 4:49 am ET

Just an FYI, poker is on television. Therefore, there are certainly people who know Annie. Also, she was probably the only one there that didn't need to go onto a tv show to reboot their careers.

Just know that the only reason you won is so you can go on talk shows and convince people to watch next season. You are definitely not a good role model like Trump said. I wouldn't want my kids to act like you did on the show at all. You're despicable and you lied right to Trump's face about the event planners. Too bad the game means nothing and you had already won in his mind from week 1. Lets not forget that you two are friends as well.

Jennifer   May 12th, 2009 4:49 am ET

Wow if you read the message board on the NBC site under Apprentice, the vast majority of people are for Annie. Are the moderators of this board deleting most of the comments against Joan? There are too many positive comments on this one.
Joan was completely horrible and unprofessional the entire season. Slamming everyone. Annie gave her no reason to be so mean towards her. Joan is a complete liar and so full of hate. Where does she get off saying that about anyone else?
Big deal, she has energy...hatred will give you that if you let it. It must fuel her. There is something called self-control and she needs to find it. She has no regard for anyones feelings. She is definitely no role model! I would not want my child to watch that show and believe that horrid behavor is acceptable.
Shame on Donald for allowing her to win. I really feel like this season was fixed. They're friends, he has a relative on the board of her charity..I will never watch his show again. He owes the viewing public and Annie an apology for the sham. I've read a bunch of comments that people won't be buying Kodak products because of this...I would never have blamed Kodak but, hey, if it will get Kodak to put pressure on Trump to come clean about why he truely chose Joan, I'm all for not buying the products anymore.

PS Celebrity impersonators...doesn't really count as "Celebrity Appearances"...Annie won 3 of 5.

Paul   May 12th, 2009 4:51 am ET

Joan Rivers is a hack, the Apprentice was fixed, and the whole thing stinks.

GalvestonTx   May 12th, 2009 5:09 am ET

GOOD JOB JOAN! SO PROUD OF YOU! Annie Duke is pond scum and we in this household are so GLAD YOU WON JOAN! LOVE FROM GALVESTON TEXAS!!!!!

Joe. M   May 12th, 2009 5:19 am ET

Donald Trump made a bad choice. Annie was the true winner. Joan and her daughter were babies and liars week after week. Don't know what the Donald was thinking? I thought he was a better judge of character than that. She insulted everyone on the show. To compare Annie to Hitler....She should be ashamed. Joan Rivers is what is wrong with America! Annie Rocks and was a far superior player.

fosterperry   May 12th, 2009 5:30 am ET

Joan, you are invited to our wedding in beverly hills and we want expensive gifts-very expensive gifts!

Susan   May 12th, 2009 5:41 am ET

Way to go, Joan! I was rooting for you for many weeks. You had me laughing throughout with your humor. Thank you for that. I know it was very tough for both you and Melissa, emotionally, so I am very happy you won. You deserved it. Annie did not. Fabulous!

maureen rudnicki   May 12th, 2009 6:10 am ET

I have followed Joan Rivers for years and years and years, as we are about the same age. My sons grew up thinking Joan RIvers was one of our relatives who just never came to visit. She has always had my total respect. Never giving up, Ms Rivers is a credit to all the women in this country, as with every kick she recieved she got up, dusted herself off and forged ahead! She has done more for the women in this country than the National Organization for Women. I bow to her!!!!!!!

Bob   May 12th, 2009 6:11 am ET

Joan Rivers is a very hateful person. She is clearly not honorable. She may never have fired anybody but how many quit? Her off-color humor was not funny even in her heyday. Her against-gay-marriage quip was not necessary and not funny. I'm 70 and I would rather not reach 75 than act like her. Trump obviously rigged the show for her, probably to win over the Jewish community. He said to her "you're hired." Hired to do what?

Kay   May 12th, 2009 6:15 am ET

The part that made me absolutely sick to my stomach was how Joan thought Annie and poker players in general are "beneath" her and not her "peers". Who does that freak show of a face and her spoiled, insecure daughter think they are? Annie was shrewd yes, but she has more class in her pinkie than those two do in their entire bodies. Just like after Anna Nicole died and Joan made the comment trash is trash. How dare they think ANYONE is under them!!!!! How dare they! In my book they are both the lowest of the low.

Linda   May 12th, 2009 6:20 am ET

Great Job Joan,

I was pulling for you the whole way. You deserved it, you worked for it. Don't listen to the negative crap on the blog, your the winner. I really dislike that other nasty little woman. She needs to learn to speak with respect. I cannot believe I heard her say that "Die" comment. If there is one thing worse than low class it is no class.
Well done Joan!

Oberon   May 12th, 2009 6:39 am ET

Joan Rivers is a thoroughly disgusting human being, and it's a shame that she's been given yet another platform to spew her vitriol. She was offended when she was thrown out of Enchantments in NYC because she was wearing a fur coat and that store is a bastion of animal rights. SHE was offended. The Great Joan should be able to offend anybody's sensibilities, and people should take it because she's some sort of star. And she had the nerve to call Annie, et al, as being beneath white trash. Rivers is pure white trash, and horrid woman who drove her husband to suicide. She's also apparently too cheap to have had a competent surgeon do her face lift. She looks as ugly as she is inside.

Bob   May 12th, 2009 6:50 am ET

Donald Trump shocked me with his pick. Rivers was so mean, and hateful, and unprofessional during the whole show. Her daughter was horrible too. What angry people. I'll admit, I'm biased in that I've never liked Joan Rivers. I don't find her funny, and never have. But, who knew she was so hateful, and mean?

Ali   May 12th, 2009 7:09 am ET

The joke is on everyone who watched the show. Donald Trump enjoyed the ratings at the expense of Joan and Annie. I see both Joan and Annie as Donald's victims (he is always a businessman first). He brought so much drama to the show and he loved every minute of it. Along the way, he lost whatever little bit of respect I had for him. Congrats to Joan and Annie for doing a great job for their charities. I will not be watching next season!

lee   May 12th, 2009 7:33 am ET

It was nice to see that the Joker won the celebrity apprentice. I thought he was dead?

Shay   May 12th, 2009 7:34 am ET

Joan, your behavior on the show was the epitome was "worse than white trash", It just galls me that you (and Melissa) blantantly sat there and lied about why the event planner quit. Yes, you really are a person of integrity (please turn on scarcasm detector). But you have to hand it to trump that he put you in the finale for rating. Yet, I think it may backfire on him as I have read a few blogs and people are disgusted with the way you and Melissa behaved.
Annie should have won as she deserved it over the long haul. This is my last season with this show as I will not continue to support trash of your ilk.

bob f   May 12th, 2009 7:37 am ET

CONGRATS JOAN way to go.. show 'em what the older generation can do YOU ARE GREAT Larry you need to read all of the comments here and cancel the Anthony family. this is not only a waste of time, but an insult to the memory of that beautiful child murdered. I will not watch if they are on... talk about rapid channel change and I might decide to completely boycott Larry King. After all these years Larry it sounds like you have no control over your own show anymore. If you still have that control, nix the Anthony's and find something better like spokepeople for child rights or spokespeople for the charity's that won because of Joan, Annie Duke etc.

Lisa   May 12th, 2009 7:49 am ET

Not only will I no longer watch Celebrity Apprentince, I will no longer watch Larry King. The entire finale of the Celebrity Apprentice was a shameful display of high school name calling and immature behavior. In addition, the personal friendship that is CLEARLY evident between Mr. Trumph and Ms. Rivers is a blatant display of favoritism. Ms. Rivers was allowed to blatantly lie about the reason the design firm quit. The fact that Ms. Rivers would criticize Ms. Dukes career is remarkable to me. Her own daughter, Melissa, is only riding on her mother's coattails.

marylin   May 12th, 2009 7:50 am ET

Joan Rivers' sinking to the use of Hitler's name in this context was appalling, shocking, uncalled for, and well beyond bad taste. I was enjoying the program, but I turned it off. The President's speech was sharp, intelligent, thoughtful and funny. Wanda Sykes was funny. But when she said she hoped Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail, I turned it off. I agree with nothing Rush says and find him obnoxious, but I won't listen or view this kind of talk. It's no better than rappers wishing people dead or saying women should be beaten. I felt personally sickened by Joan's and Wanda's remarks. Good for the ratings and well orchestrated and edited for sure. But mezmerizingly sickening, not entertaining, for just about any thoughtful person of even moderate intelligence.

Earl   May 12th, 2009 7:57 am ET

Great job Joan!!!! Anne you did a fine job, however, you have to know when to hold'em and know when to fold'em. For me, I loved Joans AMERICAN charity. We must first take care of our own befre we take care of others. With that being said, Hershel is this seasons true CA. Hershel was the best of both Joan and Anne combined but was not a rating getter. Hershel showed honor, honesty, and always had great ideas and was pro-active. But again he was not a rating getter. I understand what the CA is/was all about and got my moneies worth this season. Joan you are a true amerian icon(although I dont agree with some of you comments). Anne Duke was only know in a small circle bfore CA but now she has risen to a household name. P.S. Anne that was Joans back you rode on, thank her someday.

Crunch   May 12th, 2009 8:00 am ET

Our family has numerous small to medium sized businesses and it was deplorable to see how Joan Rivers acted. Our family used to love her but after seeing the REAL JOAN RIVERS, it made us sick. She should of been fired a long time ago for her actions. The only reason Donald kept her on was it was good for ratings but the end, with her daughter coming back and Annie getting saddled with the worthless Tom Green – she did a phenomenal job anyway. $400,000 raised and she did NOT win?

Donald and Joan are great friends and this just stunk like a set up. Not that I like someone that only can say "I did this – I did that" instead of "my team did this or WE did that" but her record clearly showed she should of won.

Go spew your hate somewhere else – like Iraq, Joan!

Maria   May 12th, 2009 8:00 am ET

You are a true fighter. I love your American spirit. You were so imaginative on the tasks and worked hard. I am so glad you beat kniving Annie.

Joe   May 12th, 2009 8:01 am ET

Joan Rivers got her butt kicked in every task. The final task was a set up. Trump knew that Annie Duke would crush Joan Rivers in fund raising so he added more criteria in an effort to increase Rivers chances.
I hope some of the "MAFIA" poker players in Vegas file defimation suits against Rivers. Win or lose she'll have huge attorney fees and won't be able to afford lip injections for her horse faced daughter.
Annie Duke is a miserable human being, but she kicked Joan Rivers butt all over New York City. Too bad Donald Trump is such a punk. I had a lot of respect for him in years past. Now he pulls this crap. Trump and Perez Hilton were made for each other, neither of them have honor.

Mark   May 12th, 2009 8:10 am ET

It's a game, people! Joan did a great job in slamming down Annie's insidious, under-the-radar strategy to undermine her opponents. I work with someone like Annie and, to defend yourself, you have to be the ultimate bad guy. Any little jab by Annie resulted in an explosion by Joan–brilliant. It kept Annie continually off balance and upset. From there, to follow up, Joan out-talked her. The exchange between Annie and Joan after the final boardroom was priceless. Annie "sweetly" tried to bait Joan and knock some of the fight out of her, but Joan would have none of it. It was a calculated move by Annie. Joan simply walked out of the room after delivering some choice words. Donald Trump made the right decision. Kudos to Joan.

Jim Harting   May 12th, 2009 8:11 am ET

"Follow the money." That's why Joan won. She was obnoxious and listened poorly in all projects. Her blaming Annie Duke of lying could have easily been resolved by "Mr." Trump by calling the firm involved. He did not! Why! Was he not interested in 'playing fair'? Or, was he interested in following the money and 'community' that Joan brings to bear on Donald's other businesses. It was not a fair game, it was a Donald making money game.

Marina   May 12th, 2009 8:17 am ET

I was appauled at the things Joan Rivers said and did and her daughter..well the saying goes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. What would we expect from a woman who has had an example like Joan to follow. The white trash comment about Annie's friends was uncalled for. Even more disappointing was Trump encouraging the behavior for ratings. And then he goes and fires Annie. I realize that Joan won three of the five categories but Annie raised almost 3 times the money. Anyway, whatever, let the old bat win and show the next generation exactly what gets rewarded in this country and we wonder why our youth is so screwed up. Great job Trump!

Joyce   May 12th, 2009 8:20 am ET

I was only happy to see Joan win because I thought she was the lesser of two evils. However, both of them acted like spoiled bratty children.

Joan Rivers lost me, when ?   May 12th, 2009 8:21 am ET

When she played the "Hitler" card. All that makeup and fancy clothes to cover that up. She did it and still was outperformed by Annie throughout the competitions. Reminds me of the lyrics of the Howard Jones tune from the 80's "No One is to Blame" ? A few of the things that really bother the next generation(s) of a society ? Those that pull the slavery/race/religion/holocaust card ? Sure there are more cards that are pulled and I have empathy for the victims in the history of it all. Can even understand the costs that accrue in the wake of the aftermath to family and friends. But to suggest the rest of us pull up lame in a competition for something/anything that we had nothing to do with ? Much more, watch the competition unfold on tv as the "winner" is guilty of such a heinously, low tactic ? We all only get one lifetime and the restitution should come from those that perpetrated the act. Like Madoff's ponzi scheme, like Lay's/Fastow's Enron frauds, those individuals and their families that profited from it should be started over. May sound harsh and judgmental, callous and unforgiving. but in the end, it's what is forthright. Even in those examples, the shame, humiliation and embarassment of family members, but to suggest they get to keep like some/many have ? Society never heals from that. Take Madoff, $ 50 billion, we didn't bailout Chrysler or GM to that tune, nor the airlines after 9/11/2001. I scratch my head astonished at it all ?

Joan Rivers a winner, Donald Trump expecting success and stardom out of that ? I used to watch Apprentice, I refuse to watch again. Unfortunately, there are charities affiliated with this. It's good they got soemthing to help others with, but they were used too, for the ratings.

Everyone got something from that show/season ? We wound up disappointed and left short. This was a "fix" of the highest order, Apprentice just doesn't get it. Donald Trump, let others go because they quit, well Joan Rivers walked off too. You let her back in the game. You don't like quitters, yet you wound up with one, even portrayed it as a tight decision. And the two of you, portraying it all along as ethics, morals and so forth ? Joan was a little more blatant. The tears don't fool anyone. A lot of topics and issues I brought up in this ? Donald & Joan both need to realize this is what they offered America as entertainment, as role models.

Sorry Donald & Joan, the two of you are fired !

Mike   May 12th, 2009 8:26 am ET

Joan Rivers is a sorry excuse for a woman! That is assuming she is a woman! Can't really tell since she looks like something right out of The Lion King. She did not deserve to win, but you could tell Donald's sorry ass had her winning long before the show was over. She is nothing but a lunatic with a pathetic daughter. Annie Duke has more class in her little finger than Rivers has in her..its....entire body!

Martha Leeson   May 12th, 2009 8:35 am ET

I grew up watching Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers. I remember when she used to host for Johnny when he was out. She did a wonderful job. In my book, she fits with the saying "Don't worship me until I've earned it." She's earned it!!!! You make me proud to be a woman Joan Rivers!!

john   May 12th, 2009 8:36 am ET

It was all very very interesting to see celebrities' true colors. Annie Duke, if you can call her a celebrity, is just a disrespectful jerk. Clint Black is so full of himself. Hershel Walker is a very nice man. Jesse James is sort of shy. Joan Rivers, whom I never was a huge fan of, has earned my respect. She is very empathetic, full of energy and smart. Her wit is super quick, even at 75. Bravo, Joan. Annie Duke, I hope never to see your smirky snotty face again.

Tammy   May 12th, 2009 8:38 am ET

I think Annie should have won. She played the game better. Donald you should have picked Annie then we would have seen another 2 year old tanturm and the ratings would have been higher.

Kate Kevorkian   May 12th, 2009 8:41 am ET

Oh for the love of God. Joan Rivers is an old hag nutcase and one of the most annoying people on television. Her interview on LKL sickened me. I totally knew who Annie Duke was before this and so did a lot of people, and for Rivers to compare her to Hitler and not realize why it was so out of line makes me want to vomit. Saying that someone is "a female Hitler" is NOT just an expression, and anyone who uses it as a catty comment is a scumbag. I cannot believe she so casually implied that Annie Duke wanted to murder 11 million innocent people. Because that's what Hitler did, and comparing someone to Hitler is implying that they want to do the same. Good for her charity for making some extra cash, but Joan Rivers did not deserve to win this show. Granted, I don't follow it at all and have had no interest in the program in the past, nor did I watch the finale nonsense the other night. But still, it's the principal. Duke was right, any of that behavior in a REAL board room would have absolutely NOT been tolerated by any real executive. Joan Rivers is absolutely crazy, she behaves like a 4 year old child and someone needs to either put her in time-out for being a fresh little brat, or Dr. Kevorkian her ass.... Oh wait, I'll do it, he's my uncle.

JOYCE   May 12th, 2009 8:45 am ET

Annie should have won, Joan was terrible with her mouth. I would have fired her in round 3, the way she talked. Annie was alot better raising money that shows who has the rich friends. Donald I don not like you at all. You are so show off in everything you do. I'm surprised your show got renewed. Of course everyone watches the finale. Joan acts like a dumb blonde who gets what she wants and of course Donald had to keep her or she would have exploded just like Melissa did.

dogstail   May 12th, 2009 8:57 am ET

I am upset that Joan won. The only reason why she won was because Donald and her were friends and they kept talking about how old she was. She was extremely rude to Annie and until the very last, Annie didn't say anything rude about her. Joan kept saying rude things about Annie to her face and Donald didn't tell her to stop. I knew that he would pick Joan because he liked her better. Annie did use the "I" word a lot, but Joan basically was stating that poker players are terrible people. Who is she to judge? I guess everyone thinks Joan is a god and what she says is perfect and right. I agree that Joan and Melissa showed no class and they both acted like little children when Melissa was fired. I will never watch the show again, it was all riged and because Joan has money, people with money seem to stick together. I will never watch anything that Joan is on again. Annie wasn't perfect, but I believe Joan was way worse. Just because you are old doesn't give you the right to say the things that you said to Annie. I guess Joan can't handle that Annie raised more money than her! I finally saw the real Joan, yuck!!

Judy Blue   May 12th, 2009 8:59 am ET

I am glad Joan won. I don't agree with the Hitler comment, but I know that things are said in the heat of the moment. Annie was a rude player/person. She treated Melissa, a very smart person, like she was stupid. Joan thank you for the entertainment, after all this is what tv is all about.

Stacy   May 12th, 2009 9:04 am ET

Joan I was SOOOOOOOOOOOO happy that you won....You so deserved it. Annie WAS a viper.....When Donald said "Annie" she had a big smile on her face thinking she won and then he said "your fired!!!!" I laughed saying to myself....that's what you get.
The relationship you have with your daughter is awesome. Annie should not have ever messed with mama bear....

You are a tough lady and I loved your comment that Hitler did not have PMS......YOU GO GIRL.......No one can beat the Queen of comedy.

Jeani G   May 12th, 2009 9:15 am ET

Way to go Joan! I guess Brandy finally got to see the past episodes where Annie was conspiring against her & stabbing her in the back, because she didn't seem so mad at Melissa or Joan after all!!!

Bali G   May 12th, 2009 9:25 am ET

The real winner is Annie. when the evil keeps on saying that this about good and evil, I was laughing my a@@ off. Anyways in the business world it's all about money and for this show Donald only looked for rating and I think he got it, but I think he lost respect too.

Apprentice fan   May 12th, 2009 9:25 am ET

I'm quite pleased that Joan won. I definitely did not care for the overly-arrogant, loud mouthed, selfish Annie Duke. Annie was always trying to take credit for everything instead of being a team player by going on about, "I did this," "I did that," "I completed this," etc. Joan might have been a bit abrasive and should have kept her mouth shut a little more, but Annie was much more abrasive and also conniving.

If Trump had chosen Annie, I would probably never watch the show again. Incidentally, I would love to see the original 'Apprentice' back on the air. This celebrity stuff is fun, but I liked it better the original way.

Laurie   May 12th, 2009 9:26 am ET

What's the deal with Donald Trump's sister-in-law being on the board of Joan's charity? If you look up on the charity website it does show Blaine Trump who is supposed to be Donald Trump's sister-in-law.
I think we may all have been played here. Joan should have been fired for her antics all along but he kept her, now I think I understand why. I guess the easy remedy is to skip this show next season.

Marilyn   May 12th, 2009 9:27 am ET

WTG JOAN !! I am glad that Donald got it right this time. Joan is simply amazing and deserved to win. Annie kept going on and on about Joan causing the planners to quit but I think they were just overwhelmed and didn't want the bad publicity. What Annie is not getting is that Joan didn't have a party planner either and she came up with 100% better room and party than Annie - Annie just wanted to grip and put the blame on someone else. Any day I would rather have a friend like Joan who speaks up and says what she is thinking than someone who is sneaky and uses passive aggressive behavior to get their way. Grow up Annie and you are a dictator who thinks you know everything and your ego is way out of line – have you ever counted how many time you used " I " when you were suppose to be talking about a team effort ??
Joan and Melissa – you're a great team. God Bless

GOPer   May 12th, 2009 9:28 am ET

Joan Rivers disgusts me. She is rude, lacking in character and raised the less money than Annie Duke. If she worked in my company, she would last a grand total of 5 minutes. The real winner here was charity and Annie Duke!

sanne   May 12th, 2009 9:31 am ET

Based on the facts Annie should have won.
She raised the most money, by far.
Joan won because it was a fixed deal.
Joan and her daughter should be ashamed of them self, nasty nasty people.
If they behave like that in front of a camera, imagine what they act like in private.
Annie should have won, but not not because Joan and Donald are friends.
I will never watch the apprentice again.

Laurie   May 12th, 2009 9:32 am ET

And...Joan has a new TV show coming with Mark Burnett...."How'd you get so Ruch" That's the title of Rivers' upcoming TV Land series, in which the no-filter comedienne knocks on the doors of mega-mansions, and approaches drivers of luxury cars, to ask how the heck they have all that money.

"She'll knock on a door and say, 'How did you get so f-ing rich!' " says Mark Burnett, the reality maven ("Survivor") who's producing the show.

It was all a setup, we knew she didn't deserve to win and now there are 2 big reasons why The Donald had to keep her around, regardless of her actions, and ultimately selected her as the winner.

Skip the next Celebrity Apprentice, it is so totally scripted and not honest.

Tami from SC   May 12th, 2009 9:33 am ET

I have decided that clearly only people with an IQ above 130 understood Annie's briliant game play and only people with an IQ below 20 respected and admired Joan's "utter lack of" game play. I suspect the Donald is around mid range – maybe 115 on a really really good day, which is why he can't truly comprehend Annie's game and found some cerebrally deficit respect for Joan's. Or maybe it could be the show she is doing for Burnette and the promotional juice ... doesn't take a genius to put 2 plus 2 together. Annie, see – mess with the simple minded and stupid stuff happens, stay in the poker rooms where the white trash intellectuals live. This show proved to me that the public has no idea or concept of the magitude of intellect required to be a world class poker champion!!

shame on Donald   May 12th, 2009 9:39 am ET

Up until Sunday Mr.Trump was one of my idols,NOT ANYMORE. First of all the show was fixed. How could he fire Joan Rivers supposedly one of the best comedienes in America (NOT) That would be a no no for Trump. The way she and her daughter acted they both need Medical Help. I think Donald should have checked to see if the agent was really hurt by Joan's wrong doing, and clear that up so the audience could see who was really lying. But no, he was too afraid that was really going to embarass Joan who is one of his best friends. I don't care what age that witch is she should have acted a lot better ,as a matter of fact she should have been fired from day one (aren't we supposed to learn from our elders? I sure hope none of my kids act that way,I guess that is why the kids are like that today,they were told to follow and learn from the elders.
Last year your show was who brought in the most for charity won the title. Why did you change this year,(so Joan would not be embarassed) Annie was a real fighter even though she always took credit for Everything. SHAME,SHAME ON YOU DONALD YOU GOT GOOD RATING,BUT WAS THIS THE WAY TO GET IT.
TAKE SOME OF THAT CHARITY MONEY AND HAVE JOAN AND HER DAUGHTER REALIGN THEIR FACES . I have been having nightmares since your show started.

Milena Harbinja   May 12th, 2009 9:45 am ET

Dear Joan,
I am from Canada and I am very Happy that you von.
Anne was so bad person that she should not have a chance in the first place.
She does not no what thruth means, she is calculated, mean , dishonorable and dishonest person.
Congrac and all the best from Ontario, Canada.

IceFlesh   May 12th, 2009 9:56 am ET

The saddest part of this whole show is that as Americans we have to acknowledge that in this society the one who screams the loudest, lies the most, cries for favor, rudeness, classlessness, will get results (for reference see Sean Penn, Kanye West). Jesse James was not falling into that trap and I am sure he sleeps at night knowing that he competed and kept his principles intact. Annie Duke was a terrific player the most deserving to win whereas Joan Rivers screamed, cried, lied, at one point quit, accused, berated, insulted and did not raise any money yet won the competition. Just as with our failed financial institutions, Joan Rivers is a house of cards.

Linda   May 12th, 2009 9:56 am ET

We all know why Joan won. Because she is old and pathetic. It was a PITY VOTE. She is nothing but an egotistical plastic surgery junkie. She has no class. Just a crass old woman.

Jason   May 12th, 2009 9:57 am ET

Congrats Joan on looking like a rude jerk. You may have won, but you lost the "honor" thing you were going for. Anne definitely would have won in any real board room. As for Annie treating Melissa like she was stupid... did you see the way Melissa acted and her outburst? All that did was prove Annie right.
Way to go Trump, you pulled in one nights worth of ratings... but with a show that promptly lost you a whole lot of viewers because of who you chose and the way you handled the whole situation. The whole apprentice show has been on the downhill and this year only helped it slide further.

Jerri   May 12th, 2009 10:02 am ET

What a shocking ending. I loved that Joan won! Congrats and what a great charity you picked to recieve the money!!

Tami from SC   May 12th, 2009 10:04 am ET

I will never watch CA again and I have watched it every season. Trump you are fired!

Joan, I hope you go to Vegas and the poker players buy every ticket – and donate them to anti-joan fans (or better called Poker players and white trash) so they can just sit there in quiet protest.

I believe in karma so I believe Joan's new show will flop and Annie will go on to bigger and better things – which is a no brainer after CA. You can't escape karmic justice people!

Ernie Wesolowski   May 12th, 2009 10:05 am ET

So, Donald, it really *is* all about ratings with you. You knew you had to live with Joan Rivers in the years ahead, and how often would you have to face Annie? The outcome was a foregone conclusion. Too bad you knew you had to let Joan out-shout Annie at every occasion. I used to think Joan Rivers was quite funny – now I have lost all respect for her. Her over-bearing, gotta-have-it-my-way attitude is so sad and pitiful.

Patty   May 12th, 2009 10:05 am ET

Give me a break -Joan is the ultimate performer! She has more class in her pinky toe nail than Annie and her following........a group giving Joan & hers "the finger?"-that says it all!

Pat   May 12th, 2009 10:08 am ET

Way to go Joan!!!!!!!!!!!! Did Annie have a crew to help her? I thought she done it all by herself.What a back stabbing witch and liar she was.Annie didn't have anything to call Joan in the boardroom, she did it all behind her back.I will never watch poker again as long as Annie is playing.Oh by the way, lets not forget the little tantrum Annie threw ,when the other team was trying to get Helmuth to donate money to their team to beat Annie

Pat Singer   May 12th, 2009 10:13 am ET

On behalf one 68 yr. old I want to congratulate you! I am so sick and tired of people thinking that after 50 we are done in- I think you are absolutely fabulous! Keep that big mouth (I have one too) going– you say it like it is.... Bravo to you...


mike   May 12th, 2009 10:14 am ET

The Apprentice is a sham!
Of course Joan Rivers won Trump had chosen his friend as a winner before she even started. He even kept her daughter around to keep her company.
Trump might as well open up the boardroom for America to vote, because all he cares about are the ratings, not the real winner like in previous shows. He never challenged the Old Lady

Maurice   May 12th, 2009 10:23 am ET

Joan: "[Y]ou get very worn down. It's all these weeks and weeks of getting up at 5:30 in the morning, working until 11:00 at night, no assistants to help you. You're out there on the firing line."

Welcome to the real world; those of us who exist in it don't get assistants either, and we do this every day, every week, every month until we retire, and then we keep doing it because all of those years of putting in those hours and that energy weren't enough to provide us with an adequate means of retirement.

No assistants to help you, you're beyond belief.

Cora   May 12th, 2009 10:24 am ET

Way to go Donald!! I'm trilled you pick Joan the winner. Annie is all about herself. She went on and on about herself and never gave the others in her team credit. I this and I that. She never Listened to other project managers. You could see this when it was just her and the blond model. She took over completely.

BB11   May 12th, 2009 10:26 am ET

boycott-–I will no longer watch Larry King since he decided to give a platform to George and Cindy Anthony. The despicable people lied to the nation and Larry King December 10, 2008. Now he wants them to come back and spew more lies! --------–******ps–annie duke your my winner *****

C.P.   May 12th, 2009 10:29 am ET

I met Joan Rivers on the ramp of St. Albans Naval Hospital, during the Viet Nam War, and have been a fan ever since. However, the conduct and comments she displayed throughout the competition disgust me. Lies, lies, attitude and remarks that turned my stomache. I will never slap down good money for her jewelery or shows (and I've done both) ever again. I won't even get into how my now altered opinion of her no-talent daughter. Initially, I was upset that Joan seemed to sacrifice her dignity and grace for the sake of a competiton. By the finale, however, I believed I'd given her too much credit. Obviously she's never possessed any to begin with.


you're a pokah playah   May 12th, 2009 10:30 am ET

Joan and her spawn showed their true colors. One a nasty piece of business and the other a very unpopular girl in high school who became a no-talent spoiled mouthpiece. This was a total mess

NC Apprentice Fam   May 12th, 2009 10:31 am ET

Congratulations Joan! Never was a huge fan of yours, but I am so glad you beat Annie Duke. And it says a lot for Senior Citizens too.
I am 40 years younger than you, but you were really amazing. You do have class and are a quick and sharp thinker. Way to go!!

Love ya

AJohnson   May 12th, 2009 10:35 am ET

Never again will I ever purchase any of Ms. Rivers' products, & I will tell all my friends & family to do the same. She has an uncontrollable temper & needs immediate anger management counseling, as does her daughter. Shame on them both for their disgusting outbursts of profanity & personal attacks on the other contestants. The terrible Rivers' twosome have showed their true ( & revolting ) colors, & now deserve to be boycotted most thoroughly.

Disgusted   May 12th, 2009 10:36 am ET

I am truly disgusted by Joan Rivers and her obnoxious daughter. How dare they act like they are holier than thou. They acted like two immature, spoiled and classless kids. Actually, that is an insult to kids. Neither one of them has a classy or genuine bone in their bodies. They should be ashamed of their behavior and of the their name-calling tactics. They are a poor example of a human being, let alone grown women. Shame on them. Grow up, you two clowns!

maureen phelan   May 12th, 2009 10:46 am ET

cnn PLEASE dont give the anthony family another forum to spew more lies!!!!!!!!!!! lets honor caylees memory

D. L.   May 12th, 2009 10:51 am ET

OMG!! I was very surprised by her 75's yr's that she did not show the class she keeps saying she has. She was beyound rude. Coming from German ancestery I was deeply offended by her remarks. As to Hitler. Becasue one is of the Jewish faith does not give them the right to express everything evil with Hitler., with a person she does not know. She was playing a game. In which I believe Annie won and she showed great restraint until the end. As for all the celebrity she is to have she only raised $140,000 compared to the over $400,000 Annie did. I had more respect for her 75 yrs. But she shot that to hell. Let alone her daughter. Seems they both could use therapy.
And Donald T. only helped fan the flames. Again looking for rating instead of integrity. I won't make this mistake again. Out goes Cele Apr.

Missy E>   May 12th, 2009 10:52 am ET

I loved the charity that Joan picked! I am glad that they are receiving the money but I am embarrased that I was ever a fan of hers or her daughter. I understand some of the comments she made because she is a comedian and they were supossed to have been funny(some of them actually were funny) but it does not make up for the rudeness and disrespect she and her daughter showed to almost everyone on the show. The next surgery she needs to get is to get her mouth wired shut so maybe she can listen to someone.

crackergirl   May 12th, 2009 10:56 am ET


Bryan   May 12th, 2009 11:09 am ET

I can't stand Joan Rivers, but she's so funny it doesn't matter.

"Hitler never had PMS"


MiaMiller   May 12th, 2009 11:17 am ET

Congrats Joan! I'm so glad that you won!

George B   May 12th, 2009 11:24 am ET

Does Joan have pictures of Trump? I lost all respect for the Donald with his decision. The competition was not close as Annie obviously won by a Landslide in the areas of integrity, charity, and business intelligence. Trump stated that Joan had to take a lot of abuse, when actually she did not get any at all. But she delivered much more abuse than anyone on the entire show. It was embarrassing! She should have been escorted off the show, but Trump likes ratings. Integrity is not important.

Rich W   May 12th, 2009 11:25 am ET

Joan – I have to say that before this show my impression of you was somewhat negative – but now that I have seen you on this show for this many weeks in a row and your true personality – I LOVE YOU!!!

Parlay this into a late night talk show – I would watch every night!!!!!

Nicky   May 12th, 2009 11:36 am ET

I never cared for Joan Rivers UNTIL The Celebrity Apprentice!
JOAN........ I love you! I thought you were great! I love your spunk, I look up to you being 75 and so strong! I loved your integrity! I love the in your face attitude!

Pat   May 12th, 2009 11:37 am ET

Congratulations – Joan! Both Joan and Annie did enough name calling, but when it came down to it – Joan, I am glad you won! You were the more "honorable" person, and above all you came to the defense of your daughter – what mother wouldn't? You are a great mother and a great player – Trump definitely picked the right winner! It also shows that being younger doesn't make you smarter – way to go Joan!

Nicky   May 12th, 2009 11:37 am ET

I would also like to add, I thought is was great that Joan stood up for her daughter! What good mother wouldn't!

Kathy   May 12th, 2009 11:41 am ET

Joan – you rocked!! You definitely deserved to win!!! But most of all, I'm glad to see that the winning money went to a U.S. Charity!!!!!!!! B.S. to giving all of our American money to foreign countries!!!! There are plenty of worthwhile charities right here in our own backyards!!!! Bravo, Joan!!!

Laurie in Lawrence, KS   May 12th, 2009 11:45 am ET

Way to go Joan! In the end it was the poker player who got played!

judy reed   May 12th, 2009 11:57 am ET

you are the bomb !!!! i love and adore you and have for many years.
you know, I too thought you could have taken any one of those contestants with one hand behind your back and you did.
you're awesome in so many different ways, truly, you are.

silkgeisha   May 12th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

Man, you are some strange people – all worked up over a TV show. Get a life people! Joan and Melissa are playing you and that poker player. too – and laughing all the way to the bank. I can't imagine how much she made selling her "boardroom Collection" jewelry on QVC – Miliions! I think Annie is a fool – she actually thinks Joan cares. Joan made Annie hate her on purpose so she can get under Annie's skin. Joan is a greater poker player in my opinion. It's all about who's playing who... Joan, congratulations – you fooled so many people!

Nancy   May 12th, 2009 12:02 pm ET

I think Melissa Rivers has the dirtiest mouth on TV and her insults to the production staff, when she was fired,were unforgivable. I didn't like Annie Duke but after Joan and Melissa's tantrums, each threatning to leave the show if the other was fired, and their hate filled diatribes, on and off camera, I started rooting for Annie Duke. Just call me a former Joan Rivers fan. I really liked her until I saw her on Celebrity Apprentice.

Peacheslafluff   May 12th, 2009 12:10 pm ET

The Celebrity Apprentice was filmed over time and what was seen on the program was a fraction of all that went on. We watched what was deemed for us to see.

That said, I thank Joan for winning and for her cause. I also want to thank all those who participated.

Dom   May 12th, 2009 12:10 pm ET

Donald had id all figured out from the beginning. I wouldn't be surprised if he had told her when she walked out, to come back cause your the winner. You can't tell me he didn't know why the planners quit. He was on the phone right away, and yet he made it seem like Annie was lying on TV, what a disgrace. Donald said it on Larry King, he was glad that Joan's charity was in New York. He didn't like Annie's charity either.I don't believe that Ivanka said that Joan was a model for women. I wonder if she talks like that when she doesn't like people. The best thing that could happen to Joan is she gets another face lift and her face gets even tighter so she can't talk anymore. So long to Celebrity Apprentice, it will never be on my TV again.

LAURA   May 12th, 2009 12:24 pm ET

JOAN WAS GREAT!! i thought annie didnt deserve at all to win, she was a mainupulative snake , even though Joan did have a few moments she still tried the best she could. awesome Joan

Dee   May 12th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

First I must say that the Celebrity Apprentice ended up being a good show overall and one I will continue to watch; if anything now for the drama alone. However, when you look at the overall choice that Mr. Trump picked as the winner: Joan Rivers, I tended to agree; but by an extremely slim margin. With Joan, I found that she was a very passionate player who worked hard to either assist or help her team win. She was very knowledgeable in her ideas and how she helped her team finish or win. Her team didn't always win, but when you look at her ideas and what she brought to the table, she proved to be valid competitor, a straight shooter who was very upfront about what she felt about certain things and you could only appreciate that in that she was honest. However, her honesty was VERY offensive at times, especially against Annie. The Hitler comment as well as others, was just horribly disrespectful to anyone listening. To hear a LEADER of any type say something like that would be cause for immediate termination and would lose your team. Joan may have been pissed about what happened to her daughter and Annie, but she DID NOT need to go that far with her comments. Be vocal or upfront or even honest, but slander like that has no place for Annie who didn't go that far to deserve it.
Annie on the other hand, was an excellent player on this show. Her calculating skills, connections and energy were very apparent. She didn't lose a single project as she won overwhelmingly over the other teams she competed against. She sems more geared for the "Apprenticeship than any other player on the show – maybe even Joan. However, with Annie, she has a very duplicitous nature. She is not someone you can trust or even work for. She says one thing and then is immediately cutting behind your back to others. One thing that was apparent is that she reminded me a lot of Clint in that everything was all about her: even when she wasn't the project leader. It really got to the point where it was just annoying to hear her even speak. As a project leader however, she comes off as if she can do everything, which was very different than Joan. That being said though, I liked Annie's confidence. Annie's very talented in that she can do much more than even she thought she could do and that was great in discovery. However her alienation of the other players on her team and how the credit is all about her will not get many to follow you or work for you. She had Brandee so turned around that even when Brandee was the project leader, she didn't realize that she was being played like a fiddle. Annie knew she couldn't play Melissa the same way because Melissa worked hard and could see what was going on. I don't agree with what Melissa did at the end in how she had her outburst (really bad) before she was fired, but Annie played the entire situation to this moment and was the sole antangonist. Many of you who work in corporate settings which may be similar know, this is hated beyond dang near all things in corporate office life, puppeteering and deception. As much as Annie's skills may be better than Joan's, I could never trust her as a person to work for me. She may get the job done, but she may have to do it alone. And the way Annie ran her teams, she may have won the objectives, but she wasn't a team player in any sense like Joan did.
Joan won the final project, no doubt, and in since it was determined by that, Joan is the winner.

Jim   May 12th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

I question the "Donald" on this one. Joan Rivers is the reason the event planner quit and then lied about it. Annie Duke should have won and she is a cool customer. The "Donald" was obviously more concerned about his image in celebrity circles or he would have canned the "Drama Queen" and her "Daughter. The only way Joan and her daugher Melissa would have or should have one had it been a plastic surgery finale task.

Joy Rollins   May 12th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

Annnie is full of it! Helmuth is not number one in the world of
poker. Out of 100 top players, he is waaayyyy down in the middle.
Annie herself has won has than 1/2 million. If she thinks Helmuth
is "God" of poker she has no respect for the real top winners!
Glad she lost!! She is so in to herself it is disgusting.

mimi d   May 12th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

Donald's sister-in-law has been a chairperson of Joan's charity. The producer of Celebrity Apprentice is also producing Joan's upcoming reality show. Joan didn't "win" anything. If any game was played, it was on the viewers who thought this was more than just a promo for Joan's new show and Ivanka's jewelry.

Mitzi   May 12th, 2009 12:46 pm ET

Joan Rivers will always be Joan Rivers – but Annie showed absolutely NO class – Joan said at the end, Annies group was booing and giving Joan the finger, NO CLASS. And how she kept blaming Joan over and over and over and over! Give me a break!

I think Donald is the one that fired the designer, it turned the whole show around – come on, 5:05 on a Friday – and the designer quits – sounds like a gimick. Joan may have been hard to work with, but designers are use to working with difficult customers.

My favorite part was when Annie thought she won – and then the words "Annie, you're fired!" – awesome!

Kathy   May 12th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

Congratulations Joan! I am so thrilled for you. I'm so happy you beat that whiney little witch. Since you won I will now be able to watch the show next season. I was going to boycott it if you didn't. I will turn off Poker after Dark when she's on.

To all of you who said (including Annie), that what you saw would never happen in a real boardroom, it just goes to show that you've never been in a real boardroom. I have found that the higher up you go with executives the more freedom they feel they have to say and do the outrageous. I've heard many things that would incite lawsuits in the real world, in the boardroom.

Kansas City Gal   May 12th, 2009 1:01 pm ET

Congratulations to Joan Rivers! You may not have raised the most money, but it isn't JUST about the quick buck. You were wonderful, and I absolutely love you. I could not be happier for you.

Tina   May 12th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Thank goodness this is all for charity. That's the only thing that makes it worthwhile.
The facts are: (1) Joan disliked Annie from the moment that Annie realized that she'd misjudged Brandy and backpeddled on the nasty comments she'd previously made about Brandy. So this displayed the nasty side of Annie, but enough already. Joan shuld have gotten over it by the next episode. (2) The designer quit on Joan (and Annie), but Joan clearly had a vision for the design that this "diva" could not seem to grasp. She did not appear to be nasty with him when speaking with him. So, he threw a tantrum and quit on both of them. Not Joan's fault, but Annie kept bringing it up over and over and over and over...... (3) Throughout the course of the seaon, Annie probably was the better candidate. Especially when she pulled that coup over Clint Black in the Chicken of the Sea episode! Yeah!! (4) Joan needs to cut the big, flashy umbilical cord that attaches her to Melissa. How old is Melissa, anyway? Old enough to fight her own battles, I think. (5) Props to Joan for displaying tenacity and energy at the young age of 75.

A worthy contest, to be sure. The Donald may not be able to top this one!

LeBonRobert   May 12th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

I have followed Joan Rivers career for 30 years. Despite the war of words with Annie Duke, America also saw a tender, nuturing side of Joan Rivers that I don't ever recall being revealed on camera. Tthe business acumen it has taken to make "Joan Rivers" a brand is inestimable. Echoing the Donald, the energy demonstrated by this 75 year old is admirable no matter what you think of her rhetoric or politics.

James NomadRip   May 12th, 2009 1:10 pm ET

I can't think of a more undeserving and disgusting example of a human being than Joan Rivers. Except maybe her daughter, but she couldn't have turned out too much better with the horrible example she had to teach her.

She did nothing to "win" that silly rigged show. She should have been fired along with her and her man-daughter's plastic surgeons.

rookabadooka   May 12th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

What a disappointment. Annie Duke was the winner hands down, but we all know she was never meant to win. This show lost all it's integrity and became more about ratings inducing feuds then quality of competitor. There were so many side deals made before this show was done Annie never had a chance. How much you wanna bet Trump is the first guest on Rivers's joke of a new show? How about that cheap ass "Boardroom collection" jewelry?
Joan and Melissa Rivers are repulsive. I could not believe the spoiled brat tantrum Melissa threw after she was fired. What a disgrace she is. Joan Rivers is an insult to her profession. There was nothing funny about the nasty comments she made about and to Annie Duke. The Holacaust was not a joke you gutter snipe. References to genecide are off limits even if you were "protecting" that low brow bottom feeding sucker fish or yours.
You just keep your head up Annie. These people are, and always will be beneath you...and everyone else for that matter.

briane7   May 12th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

Anne played a game and LOST. Get over yourselves.

Not a gambler   May 12th, 2009 1:33 pm ET

I have lost all respect for Donald, his lack of integrity in the business world is over the top. He would have picked Joan over Warren Buffet if he had the chance.

Donald – you are more celebrity than business man. How sad for you and for Joan.

Joan, you simply make me ill. Proving once again everything wrong with Hollywood and their misplaced sense of entitlement. And then you both wonder what is wrong with our youth today. If they all act like Joan, we are in worse shape than we thought.

And I don't gamble and I even know who Annie Duke is high in the mountains of Colorado!

Lola   May 12th, 2009 1:38 pm ET

Joan...I'm a gay, poker player who loves your game!!!! Great job and congrats!

craig 50   May 12th, 2009 1:40 pm ET

Joan Rivers you two faced (or is that 6 faced) old piece of -- your comments to Annie and other players shows how truly mean you are...your daughter (kiss ass) no talent brat acted in a manner that showed how much like mom she is...Donald how could you fire one person for volunteering for the board room and another for facing a mistake and making change in her life so not to DUI...have the guts to fire Joan ( one minute gone (quit) the next back) Rivers... we should all be up in arms for her comments about all poker players are trailor may have been funny at one time in the far past, however today you are a sad out of touch lack of talent drama queen...Joan what a mess...

David   May 12th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Joan Rivers Helps Fight Prop. 8, so that means she is not against same-sex marriage. I would recommend proof reading before posting your news.

Joan's Biggest Fan   May 12th, 2009 2:00 pm ET

Stop your belly-aching about Joan! She did what she does best. She made great television. I tuned in to see her. She is a true showman and a great business person. I hope at 75 I am still as active and alive. You kicked a** Girl!

Denise   May 12th, 2009 2:10 pm ET

The best person won, plain and simple. The reason I kept tuning in was to see how Joan would handle herself when forced to deal with that back-stabbing manipulative narcissist. Annie was soooo in love with herself. Talk about micro-managing! Joan was a total team player giving credit where it was due. And I loved the fact that family was important to her. Did you ever hear Annie even mention her children once? What an unloving mother she is. in terms of that lame event planner, David... pahlease... you better grow up mister. I've been an event planner for 20 years and never would have been so unhelpful when selling my ideas to a client. Where were his layouts? Photographs of furniture rentals, drapery samples, etc.? He's in a visual business, but there were no visuals! He really laid the biggest egg of his career by walking away from Joan. If he thought his bottom line suffered now, just wait till next year. The mere fact that Joan pulled off that event in that short amount of time speaks volumes about her character – that her friends would jump through big hoops to help her out. Joan and Melissa, I'm a bigger fan now than I was before.

Barbara Reinard   May 12th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

Joan,I really think you lost on Sunday night. I think it was fixed from the beginning. My husband and I said from the first show Trump would pick you. I think Trump might go for the person who made the most money for charity thinking all your "friends" would surely put a million in the pot. Poor Annie did not have a chance with the likes of you and your want to be daughter. So Trump really was the loser again all my friends and relatives were mad about his pick and will never watch again.

Donna   May 12th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

I thought Joan deserved to win. As far as David, the designer, goes. If I had been him I would have done a wonderful for Annie just to show Joan that she made a mistake in not using me. I thought he was wrong to quit Annie just because Joan didn't want to use him. Joan won because she achieved 3 of the 5 goals, everything was not about money.

kay   May 12th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

Joan & Melissa Rivers are two of the nastiest tempered women I've ever seen on TV. Now the world sees the true personalities of these devious liars. I will NEVER watch any show they are associated with again. Annie was SO MUCH classier and showed her integrity and strength and business sense. They made themselves look like the WHITE TRASH they are. I would be too ashamed to leave my home if the world saw me acting like those two B.........s. But The Donald loved it and just gave the 'job' to Joan because she's OLD and pitiful.

Al in Florida   May 12th, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Yuck. I used to like Joan Rivers but in recent years she has become a polarizing, vindictive, mean-spirited ogre who relentlessly attacks anyone who disagrees with her, backed up by an equally vindictive, coattail-riding lemming of a daughter. She won the game (unfairly) but lost the respect of a lot of former fans, including this one.

Annie Duke, despite her crassness and egocentric attitude, was clearly the stronger and more deserving player, but in true Trump fashion, the rules were again "trumped" by nepotism and a quest for TV ratings.

To celebrities considering participating on future shows – is a few more minutes of fame worth the cost of lost integrity and respect? Gross.

Paul   May 12th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

I must say that I believe TV like a lot of other things has gone to hell in a handbasket. I watched the apprentice all the way thru and told my wife about midway exactly how it was going to end. The whole show was scripted for ratings and no one can convince me otherwise. I'm happy that charities benefited from our stupidity. Unfortunately this is going to the the last apprentice I'll watch. The wasn't even REALITY TV.

A   May 12th, 2009 2:47 pm ET

Yeh, Joan won. I've worked with people who talk and go behind your back at work. They may be successful in the short run but they don't last and cause loss of productivity among the whole group while they are there, leaving the place in shambles when they leave. Business wise, Joan was steady and if this was a real job she would be the one who was kept. As for her outlandish behavior at times, It's her job to defend her child as best she can and vice-versa. I know its mine.

Elise   May 12th, 2009 2:49 pm ET

Joan, I love you!!!!! You are such a funny lady and I took all the dramatics with a grain of salt. You made the show – so fun to watch and you've really got stamina, woman! This was the best season yet, because of the humor. You're project management was very smart; it was quite evident you knew what you were doing! Hope we see you doing many more projects. I loved you back during the Tonight Show days.

Jeri   May 12th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

OK PEOPLE!! Let's make a pact.....repeat after me....."WE WILL NOT TUNE IN WHEN THE ANTHONY INTERVIEW IS AIRED!!" "WE WILL NOT TUNE IN WHEN THE ANTHONY INTERVIEW IS AIRED!!" We will instead, go out for dinner, read a book, visit friends and family, go shopping, go for a walk or a bike ride, watch a movie, tune in to the game show network, etc.....WE WILL DO ANYTHING EXCEPT WATCH CNN THAT NIGHT!!! The only way to make an impact and lower CNN's ratings is to keep your TV set off that channel!! Thank You!

Sharon   May 12th, 2009 2:54 pm ET

Joan you are a nasty OLD woman, who is NOT funny. You won because Donald has an interest in your charity, period. EVERYONE hates you and your daughter.

S   May 12th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

Hey people, get over yourselves. It was a television show aired for entertainment purposes. Not a real boardroom, not even a job on the line. Enough said!

Cam   May 12th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

Wow! I've read all the comments, and viewers are obviously polarized on the Apprentice results. While some have mentioned that the behavior displayed this season would never be tolerated in a real boardroom, I can tell you based on my 20 years of being in those boardrooms, I've seen worse, including people lunging at each other over the table to punch each other out. And as far as the backstabbing and backroom conniving it's there in every major corporation, it's just done more expertly and covertly at the executive level. This show brings out the best and worst in people and I'm sure the editing is done to make us see what the producers want us to see. Annie should kiss Joan's designer clad feet for all the publicity, money and recognition she's gotten out of this feud. You'll recognize Annie on the street from now on, she's the one laughing all the way to the bank, and now, thanks to Joan and the Donald, truly a celebrity.

Ive   May 12th, 2009 3:07 pm ET

I think Joan won because she was Donald's favorite. Annie should have won she had a more overall success in her projects and raised a lot of money. But she didn't need to win she made 4 times as much as Joan; so I guess for mercy sake and for a good cause it was ok. It is Donald's show he can hire who ever he wants.

MefromNatick   May 12th, 2009 3:25 pm ET

I am really happy that Joan won. I liked Annie Duke at first, she was full of life and eager to step in. But then the real Annie emerged and her face became two faces. Need I say more.

Joy   May 12th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

Joan, what do mean that no one has heard of Annie Duke? Was that a joke? I guess that shows there's something you don't know about!! Couldn't you tell she had her poker face on the entire time?

I still love you, Joan! You were just being you!!

lauraJ   May 12th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

Everone has their "moments'–get over it .Joan Rivers has been around for years,she is talented ,smart,funny &. professional. Annie was overbearing & is no angel.Although it was a close call to make ,I believe Joan won fair & square.TEAM JOAN !!!!

Sharlen   May 12th, 2009 3:55 pm ET

Ms. Rivers,

CONGRATULATIONS! You ran a hard fought, smart race with grace and dignity. You deserve to be the NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE! I thoroughly enjoyed watching you. Thank you for another year of really great entertainment.

Susan A   May 12th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

No one said it better than Mitch G. on this comment board! Kudos to Joan – Clint needs a bigger hat for his big head, Jesse is the absolute bomb, Dennis should listen to his friend Jesse, Brandee was better than playing second fiddle, Melissa needs to be more independent and less emotionally charged

Jeie Keatings   May 12th, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Responding to the comment about Joan's actions on Celebrity Apprentice.
I love you Joan- you worked hard and are brilliant and funny and call a spade a spade- (haha card reference there)

Yes Melissa was a train wreck but most likely becaus s he isn't used to losing or not getting her way, in saying that – Annie Duke is exactly what she is a conniving poker player with NO class whatsoever – I didn't know much about her before (a little) but now I know for sure I don't like anything about her, ANNIE = ME ME ME not group anything!
So I will NOT watch anything that she is hosting.

Go Joan!! Great for you
in closing – Ed – Annie lost likely paid you to write that!! It wouldn't be beneath her to try and get some more attention!

Linda   May 12th, 2009 4:07 pm ET

What I find disturbing the most, is that Donald Trump states that Joan Rivers is a "role model." Pleaaaaaaaaaaase. I guess today the only way you can win is (1) be best friends with the boss (2) be as nasty and vile as you can be for ratings. Well then Joan and her daughter met the criteria, or should I say exceeded it. These two women make a living at bashing jpeople and yet use crocodile tears when they are based. Their tantrums are an embarrassment to all people. Just because Joan has been a successful business woman and comedienne doesn't mean she is a success as a human being. I think a good measure of how she is perceived is the response she got from her "so called" friends to help with her charity. She had to be reduced to using impersonators. I truly believe that she is not respected because she is so full of venom. The only reason she won is "ratings." Trump is happy to have someone not follow the rules (walking out of the boardroom) because ratings mean more to him that following the rules. I have to respect for either of them. The Apprentice is a sham.

Cyndee   May 12th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

I will NEVER WATCH LARRY KING AGAIN – is that network that desperate to have someone on the air that they bring in the lying deceitful Anthony's AGAIN??
No wonder their grand-daughter was murdered by their mother, she must have learned to be crazy from them!
They should all be jailed and sentenced to life!
The producers are insane to air that crap!
I'll tune into something else!

rita finkle   May 12th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

Thank you for a great show.

shazam   May 12th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

Wait a minute. Joan Rivers winning – isn't that a joke? Seriously I thought it was a joke.

silkgeisha   May 12th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

Trump should have fired that event planner – David Tutera! What a dumb move for him to quit – who would hire him now.

sweet justice   May 12th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

Joan was great. She certainly showed more heart than Annie. Great choice Donald.

As for Annie she should have been fired the night they fired Melissa. Go figure -their team lost – why didn't the project manager get fired? Oh that's right Brandye let Annie totally take over – once again – and it was a loser. She should have been fired that night or Braqndye. Melissa had nothing to do with that outcome. Even Cramer seemed shocked to see where Donald was going.

Joan was the best choice overall – glad she won. It was a great ratings night because we wanted to see her win over Annie the back stabber.

kathy gallagher   May 12th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

I haven't watched anything on the big three stations in quit a while until Joan appeared on Celebrity Apprentice. Joan you are a surviver and I knew you would win. You are truly an American Icon. You are histerical and what a way to hit Annie Duke. Strategy. No decorator for you Joan, because he didn't want to work with you so he quit and he also quit Duke. Your terrific. I've watched you for years on the Sullivan Show and now I'm watching you on the Q. God Bless and keep up all that crazy humor.

Linda   May 12th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

Joan Rivers is a name to be trusted. I have always admired her work, integrity, sense of humor, but most of all, her DRIVE. She looks ahead and does not dwell on the past and the "poor me" attitude. She is an amazing and inspirational person.

Andy   May 12th, 2009 4:50 pm ET

Larry King, Donald Trump and Joan Rivers should be ashamed of themselves for tolarating Ms. Rivers' "Hitler" comment and her lame explanation and justification for its use. If she used such a comment in a real workplace, she would have been fired on the spot. But for Mr. Trump, it was all good clean fun and great ratings. A Jewish saying is "never forget" – a reminder that history can repeat itself. Ms. Rivers' ignorance of this is appalling, and her comment is demeaning to everyone whose family was touched by the real Hitler. Ms. Rivers has long been a vile and hateful individual who is quick to dish it out but absolutely unable to take it. She should be called onto the carpet – her precious red carpet – for her insensitivity. Period.

kathy gallagher   May 12th, 2009 4:52 pm ET

Joan you are the greatest. Slam dunked Annie Duke. I haven't watched ABC, NBC or CBS for a long time till you got on Celebrity Apprentice. Fantastic......God Bless.......

Phill Hendricks   May 12th, 2009 5:00 pm ET

Oh Joan,

I just love Heidi Ambromowitz and I was staring at this woman I didn't know talking trash about you and said, "Nobody wins, trashing Joan Rivers." Donald actually showed some class by giving you the win. I wanted the interior decorator's firm to explode if they can't handle anything more than curtains, they definately do not belong in New York City. Yes, you ar classy. Me and Heidi are proud.

Donald   May 12th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

I am curious to find out if the party planners quitting was a big ole set up. Looked that way to me. No one runs a company, ECSPECIALLY! one where customer input is going to be needed, and runs crying and quitting away when someone doesnt like their idea. Neither side came up with much. Neither did anything more than basics, then bolted to leave the teams to show what they could really do. To blame Joan for the whole mess was pitiful. If it wasnt a stunt, then the company might as well close shop, no one will trust them to plan anything.

Linda   May 12th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

"business woman that has a lot of class"? By your definition class mean being extremely nasty, having hissy fits, walking out on a meeting, trashing people, calling them the most vile names, being two faced. then i guess you are right, joan and melissa are in this class. as a business woman i can tell you that this behavior would never be tolerated in a business environment. they would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. but may you are right. in today's society to be classy, by your definition, you have to go to "the gutter."

Parker   May 12th, 2009 5:07 pm ET

I still can't believe this overly shrill cow won. Her constant whining and harping about how her daughter was being treated was nothing but annoying. Her constant talking over other people showed what kind of person she really is, ill-mannered and totally lacking in class and style. This was only magnified by her constant and bitter insults toward other people, including Annie Duke and the interior designer. The infamous "Hitler" remark would not have been nearly as nasty if it came from anyone else but someone so obviously Jewish; the viciousness of this alone was extremely tacky.

It's obvious that Trump wanted her to win. When he asked Rivers and Duke about the glitch with the interior designer in the concluding episode, Duke couldn't even get a word in edgeways to explain what really happened, between Rivers' almost hysterical insults and Trump's not telling Rivers' to shut up and let Duke answer. The whole thing was nothing but a farce, and Trump let it be so.

And let's not forget the daughter's meltdown on the show where she was kicked to the curb, which transpired in such a way as to show that she was nothing but an overly-indulged, spoiled brat, devoid of any real talent or redeeming qualities, who would have never been heard of if she wasn't this old bag's daughter.

With two harpies like this, it's no wonder Edgar chose to check out.

Lauralouise - a half jew by the way   May 12th, 2009 5:11 pm ET

Regarding the Celebrity Apprentice and winner Joan Rivers. I have read the many comments here who obviously support Annie Duke and I have read the few comments here who think that Joan Rivers deserved the title and I am not surprised that many people failed to see the situation clearly. I'm going to take a guess here and say that there is not one blogger here that sided with Annie Duke who has ever worked for a major New York City company as prolific and demanding as the Trump Corporation and succeeded, i.e. you're still employed there today. First of all let's all think about the situation surrounding the party planner. This was a professional party planner in New York City – NEW YORK CITY.... you do not approach an opportunity like the one he was offered, i.e. a chance to show his abilities on a television show, an NBC PRIME TIME show with the lack of enthusiam, intelligence or imagination under an extreme deadline to a well-known celebrity like Ms. Joan Rivers. I don't care if you like Ms. Rivers or not. Do you honestly think that this party planner would have not been fired by Donald Trump in the first hour with that kind of attitude. In addition, you cannot be successful in New York City without a thick skin, and Mr. Party Planner knew he was out of his league.

Let's be straight about one thing... Ms. Rivers never used foul language or directly insulted Mr. Party Planner, who by the way – had (on camera) mentioned to Joan about walking into a room that would deliver a "WOW" factor. He offered her white drapes in the eleventh hour. Come on people – he is a New York City party planner. I would have been extremely dissapointed with his suggestions. Ms. Rivers hired the party planner to do a job and he was receiving incredible exposure as well as revenue and that was the best he could come up with. When you hire a company, you expect the company to perform. Ok, so are we clear here.

Now, Mr. Party Planner couldn't take Ms. Rivers dissapointment and quit on her – end of story! Ms. Rivers did not cause the party planner to quit – Mr. Party Planner decided to wimp out and tuck tail and run.

Annie Duke rode the crisis like a Christmas Pony and in the end, Donald Trump recognized this as a weakness he could not afford. Anyone can raise money, but if you recall, Ms. Rivers lower the prices on her silent auction items so families could afford them – thus creating an affordable thrilling experience for the clients – one of the criteria required by the challenge.

In closing... I really don't think that any of you watched the program objectively. Annie Duke raised a lot of money for a charity that helps refugees overseas... and while that's wonderful, Joan's charity began at home – here in AMERICA, helping AMERICAN people! Don't you recognize that Trump knew Joan's charity was much more worthy of the additional $250,000 thousand dollars. Trump's no dummy!

Melody   May 12th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

I am so glad to read everyone's comments. I thought I was the only one in complete disbelief that Joan Rivers won the Apprentice! I didn't watch the entire season. But from what I saw, Annie was definitely playing the game with honor. I don't see how she was a "snake" or a "liar." They even showed the interior design company quitting due to Joan's behavior. I don't understand why no one stood up for Annie during the boardroom!!!! That was extremely upsetting. It also was not fair that they brought back Melissa Rivers. After the way she acted when she got fired, she should never have been able to come back. It's an absolute embarassment!

Joan would have never won without Melissa! She cannot do this on her own.

Trump is obviously only concerned with his ratings! I will not watch Apprentice ever again!!!

katherine archibald   May 12th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

Joan I used to admire you but you are a hatefull olddd women ,no one has the right to call another women such .You stink

neraki13   May 12th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

I am soooo happy that Joan won (I haven't even seen the show yet because I tivo'ed it. But someone let it be known on facebook. I think Joan can outwork, outlast and out perform anyone half her age which is inspiring. In all the years of professional business, I have never seen anyone as manipulative as Annie Duke. It went beyond being a poker player. She always played both sides of the fence, so if the team won, she would get all the credit and if they lost, she had nothing to do with it. She totally set people up and Brandy, for one, for some reason couldn't figure it out (duh!). Best season since I've watched. But way too hard on Jesse. He needs to be respected for keeping his private life private!

Linda   May 12th, 2009 6:02 pm ET


Chris Dickson   May 12th, 2009 6:21 pm ET

I loved this season of Celebrity Apprentice and am so glad that Joan Rivers won. I did not like the way Annie Duke always talked about how great she was or how wonderful everything she did was; I can understand that you need to be confident in order to win, but she was so far beyond that into the realm of arrogance that I couldn't stand listening to her.

Even when her team members, especially Brandy, worked so hard, Annie would always end up giving herself most of the credit and saying how great she was that I couldn't believe it.

Joan was so much more classy about the way she ran her tasks and even when she disagreed with people on her team, she did not attack them or try to claim all of the credit. Her energy and intelligence was amazing. The Kodak room that she and her volunteers designed and Melissa's Kodak "sharing moments" was just great. Joan really deserved the win!

Michael   May 12th, 2009 6:38 pm ET

what can you say about Joan, Other than I can see why her husband offed himself in the first place. If I had to watch or listen to this hack I would do the same.

Etain   May 12th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

There is so much talk about how Joan made the event planner quit. I would think that event planners should be used to having to comply with clients wishes – that is their job! Joan was the client and the event planner was unable to listen to her, so he quit. I think this reflects badly on his firm.

Carol   May 12th, 2009 7:21 pm ET

CONGRATULATIONS to Joan, a TRUE winner!! I really admired your strength, integrity and honour! you are one stand up lady and everyone knows where they stand with you....good or bad and that's the way it should be! people who take all the credit and stab others in the back (aka Annie!) deserve to lose although there really were no losers as it's all for charity. I got sick of hearing Annie say, "I did this and I did that" ewww!!! she never gave much credit to any team members of hers and whenever she did she somehow managed to make it swing back to her. Joan you are a true winner and when they threw Melissa under the bus I hoped with all my heart you would come back and kick their asses and you did!!! WAY TO GO! and should NOT be ashamed of your behaviour for one millisecond because Brandy and Annie DID scheme and conspire to get you out! Joan was right on about Brandy's a good thing your'e cute with a good body because you had to lean on Annie big time and you would have really seen her true colours if you were up against her.....she would have pulverized you Brandy, she is no friend of yours!! Joan Rivers RULES!! we love the Apprentice and cannot wait for next season! YEAH!

Carol   May 12th, 2009 7:23 pm ET

oh dang it I forgot to say too......Joan, your clothes are AWESOME, you are one smart dresser; you have the most beautiful jackets and jewellery!

ed chase   May 12th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

What little respect that I had for Joan Rivers and her coat tail little piggy daughter is gone after the show. Rivers face hurt just to look at it and the daughter was as you can expect a spoiled little brat that had a fit when she didn't get it her way.

Great charity now please get off the T.V. We all know Anne should have won, she kicked her A** in everything.

Carol   May 12th, 2009 7:31 pm ET

Joan also did not cause the event planner to quit; HE realized he was in over his head and quit. If you are in any competition to win you want the best support and Joan was right to let this guy know she was disappointed. If he wimped out and quit on Annie's team that is his weakness....Joan just brought it to light and likely saved BOTH teams a ton of embarrassment. Again, CONGRATS JOAN!!!

Charm   May 12th, 2009 7:33 pm ET

Trump favored Joan and Melissa from the get go... And heaven knows why!
If this was not a "celebrity" Apprentice Trump would have NEVER allowed the infantile rantings and the constant maligning of Annie from Joan!
And then the histrionics of Melissa when she left and Joan followed.
They would have normally been TOAST! And Trump would have kicked them off the show.... "You're BOTH fired!" That's what I wanted to see/hear!
So, in a nutshell I thought it was a VERY unfair Apprentice and preferential treatment was definitely shown toward Joan and Melissa,
Shame on you, Trump!
Annie... In my book you ARE the WINNER!! 😉

james   May 12th, 2009 7:58 pm ET

Hopefully the next apprentice will not have a senile old hag as a contestant

Shelby   May 12th, 2009 8:00 pm ET

Under normal circumstances, I probably would have rooted for Annie Duke. But as the weeks went on, I saw how win–no-matter-what-you-have-to-say-or-do she was, and she eventually just made me sick. Until the uproar happened with Melissa getting fired, the only person Joan didn't get along with was Clint Black. Then they made up. She had no real beef with Annie. Joan defended her daughter over unfair behavior, as any mother would do. Annie lied like a rug over and over, and at the table in the boardroom on Sunday night, could not identify the person who told her the designer quit because of Joan. Trump asked her point blank who told her, and she couldn't tell him. She just resorted to her usual "I wasn't in the room, blah, blah, blah..." Give the man a NAME, for cryin' out loud! If you don't, you look like a big liar. Who was she protecting?? All that said, Annie is a go-getter and would most likely make a great executive. If she didn't lie and cheat to get ahead.

Ali   May 12th, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Joan Rivers was great on "The Celebrity Apprentice". Annie played the game well, but on the last task, she got 2 out of 5 tasks. The choice was easy. They should have delivered those results at the end. Even though Joan attacked in the Boardroom, that is what was neccessary. Anyone that has been in a real business situation that involves sales, or if your job is on the line knows its survival of the fitest. yiou have to stand up for yourself and bring the other person down. Business is business. Nice people should be volunteers, not businessmen. JOAN WAS GREAT!!!! 🙂

Dan from MA   May 12th, 2009 9:00 pm ET

Joan Rivers should not have been allowed back after leaving. How many employers would welcome you back after walking off the job. I know people like Joan, They think the louder they get the righter they are. Tough call for The Donald though... he had to decide between gamblers or entertainers, both put money in his pocket.

Susan   May 12th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Any intelligent person can see that the quitting of the Party Planner was a "set up" and brilliantly written in by the writers of Celebrity Apprentice. No Party Planner would ever quit. Any Party Planner would give their "eye teeth" for the publicity and try to shine. And, wasn't the name of the Party Planner already selected by Trump and given to each player? So, the Planner obviously knew who he was working for. The Planner was "in on it." I'm sure all Planners deal with difficult circumstances and people that are hard to please and on short notice. To me this was clearly written into the script to add to the entertainment – just as all the other things that have gone wrong in each episode, have been brilliantly written into the script. Otherwise the show could have been boring without unique obstacles to overcome.

Judi from San Diego   May 12th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

I love the Apprentice show! Happy the Joan won. She deserved it. What an inspiration. Her charity does a fabulous job for people. Glad to see a deserving charity in the USA got to benefit. Trump always makes the right choice. No different this time. As for Annie she should consider herself lucky. No one had heard of her before (sorry poker players but you are a small group) and she will probably benefit greatly. On another note I thought Clint's song was the better of the two jingles. And I hope Rodman does follow up with rehab. I also think differently about him now. He won himself another fan. It was a great show and the best lady won.

Janine - Pittsburgh   May 12th, 2009 10:10 pm ET

Great work Joan! I was always rooting for you. You definitely deserved to win. Way to go! You are definitely a fighter, but as straightforward as they come. Have been watching you since you substituted for Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show.

Sam   May 12th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

The almighty Joan pulled the strings of her puppet Donald, threw her voice into his wooden head with the words, "Joan, you are hired!"

Jeremie   May 12th, 2009 11:12 pm ET

Joan Rivers what a disgrace to the human race . We are all disappointed in you Joan and your daughter. Dear Joan you make me sick , your the scum between my toes . Signed Alfalfa!!!!!!!!

Nancy   May 12th, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Since my other comment wasn't posted, I will just say this: Attn: Jeremie aka Alfalfa – You DON'T speak for ALL of us.

Mary Ellen   May 12th, 2009 11:35 pm ET

Way to go Joan! I couldn't stand Annie. She's such a manipulator and a two faced person. Her chumminess with Brande and how they got rid of Melissa, was enough to make a person puke. Joan played the game with honesty and integrity. Annie's conniving ways really came out in the final episode. Good prevailed over true evil. Way to go Joan! We never counted the old girl out for a second!

RSC In DC   May 12th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

Alfalfa honey – you hardly speak for the rest of us... clearly you're a minority in your opinion, she WON, get over it baby.. HaHaHa..

P.s. were you in need of Annie's charity, is that why you're bitter? Sad...

MaryAnn   May 13th, 2009 12:02 am ET

So, viewers, you prefer a manipulative person to an emotional one? You prefer a team leader who freezes people out? Didn't you see Annie & Brande team up to get Melissa fired? (Another manipulation by the way, getting rid of the stronger competition.) Melissa worked hard on the tasks, offered ideas and came up with a WONDERFUL branding photo essay for Kodak which is why Joan's team won on that criterion.

Okay, so the Hitler remark was over the top but it DID get under Annie's skin, which was the objective, to rattle the detached, calculating poker player. (who I've never heard of either and I've worked in the media business and watched poker on television.) She is a comedian, that is what they do, through out "clever" lines and hope they are funny, like the one Joan said about hoping that gays don't start getting married 'cause she can't afford to buy all those guys wedding gifts! Do you think she really believes that, especially in light of the charity she works for and with? Of course not, but she thought it was a funny line.

Finally, the reason Joan denied responsibility for the event planner quitting was she was never told it was her fault in the first place. Now, what happened there? She had an event planner who offered no ideas but white drapes and lounge furniture so she brought in someone to work with him who might be able to dress the room appropriately. The designer got insulted and pulled out the firm (he was the owner.) Joan never said a foul word to him. Further, if you compare the ideas and actions of Annie's event planner with Joan's you will see that Joan was just doing what she had to do to make her event successful. Annie's planner had ideas and was able to flush them out and get the services donated as well. Joan's planner who is usually very good stood like a lump and never offered ideas or did much of anything. It is his fault Joan felt she needed backup and when Joan called in the backup he took his toys and went home. This was not a plot on her part and both women were left at the same disadvantage.

What I liked was to see the folks from Joan's charity rally to her aid. Clearly she knows these folks and is devoted to the cause.

Truth is, most of the people on the stage when asked by Trump said Joan was the winner. So he went with the opinions of those who had watched the competition closely and understood the rules.


Betty   May 13th, 2009 12:24 am ET

I have been watching The Apprentice since the beginning & this was a grand slam! The better TEAM player won, the most HONEST to your face like it or not-straight shooter vs. the behind your back, micro manager I DID IT ALL MYSELF. Both women are smart and hard working. I heard BOTH say despicable, hateful, low brow statements throughout all the shows. Joan's remarks are "on the table" to your face, Annie's are "under the table" not to your face. Joan won fairly. I will continue to buy Kodak products, watch all the next Apprentice shows & of course CNN. Frankly, Donald had the emotional intelligence to choose the real champ over the long haul. Those of you who criticized Melissa must have missed how much she contributed to all the teams she was on..Oops except for the one where Brande as Project Manager lost the task, but Annie gave all the ideas & they both shut out Melissa! It should have been Brande not Melissa who was fired. But gotta give it to Annie for playing the rounds prior and that one very well. Great season! No fix here folks, just great business sense if you look at the whole season.

RSC In DC   May 13th, 2009 12:37 am ET

MaryAnn, very well said, couldn't agree more! I hope the name of the event planner becomes known; they were outrageous and it was nothing more than and enormous lost, and FREE, marketing opportunity on their part to show their ability to handle a diverse situation. They were even so inept that they were unwilling, or simply not creative enough, to suggest an alternate designer or firm altogether knowing this would be broadcast world-wide, bad bad business move on their part. So, their business failure and inability to provide a service to their client had nothing to do with Joan. When I hear people suggest that Joan "caused" them to quit, I bring up the scenario where they're sitting in stylists chair getting their hair cut and they don't like it, and the stylist dismisses them and walks out before making corrections. That usually changes a rational persons way of thinking.

MaryAnn   May 13th, 2009 12:46 am ET

To follow up on Joan's comment that as she was leaving Annie Duke's supporters gave her the finger, have you noticed what has happened here in this blog more than once? Annie's supporters saying (Joan's husband) Edgar killed himself because of her? Very classy. The man was depressed, his death a tragedy and to suggest otherwise is beyond contempt.

MaryAnn   May 13th, 2009 12:55 am ET

The event planner is David Tutera. I have seen him on other television shows and he is a fantastic designer. In his defense maybe he had the flu or his best friend passed away or he had many other events the same weekend for paying customers so he didn't have the time to put forth the effort required. His behavior was so surprising to me I too thought it might be a set-up, but if it was I would think he is a smart enough businessman he would demand the truth be told rather than ending up looking inept and being a quitter.

RSC In DC   May 13th, 2009 1:08 am ET

Yes, sadly, you can very clearly pick out the Duke supporters. Joan called it exactly as she saw it and the comments from that class of folks only supports that. Again, we'll see how much longer Annie will have any affiliation to "her" charity now that the show is over. I went to that charities website and could find ONLY 1 blog entry from her Annie Duke blog and that was back in March. You never once saw Annie engaged with her charity, not once. Annie needed The Apprentice so much more than the show needed her. It was her attempt, her only lame attempt, at any chance of ever being a "celebrity". Everyone else on the show arrived already a celebrity, poor Annie hoped to become one.

And the finger flipping episode from Annie and her Mafia crew only highlights again her focus on herself and what she LOST, "her" charity was the furtherest thing from her evil narcissistic mind that night.

Perhaps next we'll see Annie on the new F – list celebrity wanna-be reality program " I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" But this time she wins and they keep her on the Island with the other wild animals and snakes.. 😉

Mark   May 13th, 2009 2:29 am ET

Joan Rivers is a typical brash, loud mouth, crass, vulgar, low-class New Yorker - always has been and always will be! And to those who admire her "direct to your face" approach, would YOU really say those things directly to someone's face, i.e., calling Annie a "piece of s___," and Brande a "stupid blonde?" Are those types of comments REALLY admirable in some of your books? If so, you belong in deep, intensive therapy as much as Ms. Rivers does!!

Stephanie   May 13th, 2009 2:40 am ET

Annie DESERVED to lose. She was outplayed by Joan. Period. Annie lost her cool when it counted most the night of the finale. The very qualities that she had going for her fell to the way side when the pressure was on. The moment she felt she was going to lose during the finale, she started an egotistical rant and started mud throwing in Joan's direction! Theres nothing 'cool, classy, or mature' about the way Annie handled herself in the boadroom that night. Poker players make a living reading people, then try to manipulate and deceive in order to outplay. Annie didnt even do that, she lost her cool when it counted most. Some people posting on this wall seem to agree that deceit and manipulatioin is the way to win. Since when are those qualities employers look for?????????? Joan was NEVER two faced. But always direct and very honnest about her dislike towards Annie. Annie was an incredibly annoying windbag who acted like a 48yr old child. Joan well done.


Leslie   May 13th, 2009 3:50 am ET

Congratulations, Joan, you deserved to win! Annie is a self-centered, egotistical bully. Didn't anybody notice how Annie treated Tom Green (berating him about the video he made which ended up being perfect) and the others during the finale, shouting "I need this, I need that....etc...? In fact, after every project Annie lead, she would say "I did this, I took care of, me, me" – it was always about "her" and how wonderful she (Annie) was. I agree with Joan, Annie is two-faced. Even if you didn't agree with Joan's comments, at least she told people how she felt to their faces and not behind their backs. With Joan, what you see is what you get and that is part of the reason she has been so successful. Keep it up, Joan – we love you!!

silkgeisha   May 13th, 2009 8:37 am ET

Donald, about the party planner – David Tutera, I think he actually quit. He has his own business – it's a fact. Check out the internet. I can't imagine it was a setup – it will ruin his real business – who would hire him now after seeing him quit in the middle of a project. I think he actually quit – what a dumb move. BTW, Joan was not rude to him. David was overly sensitive.

George   May 13th, 2009 11:19 am ET

Joan deserved to win. She did not provoke the event planner into quitting. For all we know, that was part of Trump's plan, to make the finalists scramble at the last minute. A true professional would not have acted like a spoiled child and quit as this event planner did. With Joan, there is no question as to how she feels about you. Annie Duke is the worst kind of backstabber. It probably works well in her profession as a poker player, but not in the world of business. Joan actually connects with her charity, and has been working with it for years. The people that came through for Joan did so out of love and respect for her, not on favors owed for past deeds. My impression was that Annie drew a name out of a hat to select her charity. She shows no emotions. Again, great for poker, not so much for real life.

Catrine   May 13th, 2009 1:23 pm ET

I have been a huge Joan Rivers fan, enjoying her caustic humor over the decades and am thrilled her very worthwhile charity received not only money but press about their good works. But I lost such respect for Joan based on her behavior during the whole series. Especially at the finale with the designer, causing him to quit and then lying about it. She owes Annie an apology, but then I think the Cubs will win the World series before that happens.

And her winning because she's old? That was just wrong. Annie clearly was the superior player.

Cindy   May 13th, 2009 1:31 pm ET

I am so happy Joan won! I really enjoyed Celebrity Appentice this season. Donald Trump made the right decision in chosing Joan. I didn't like Annie Duke The Poker Player.

Faye   May 13th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

Congratulations to Joan Rivers, one heck of a gal. She deserved to win.
As for the Anthony's, these people are just liars. I hate to say it but is that why their daughter is such a liar? These people lie to themselves and everyone else. Where did they learn such behavior? I sure wasn't raised that way. Yes, they've been through a lot but millions of families go through many terrible things and don't come out of it dishonorable liars. I find it very unbecoming of them.

Cam   May 13th, 2009 2:06 pm ET

To the Annie supporters making comments about the demise of Joan's husband, you've now trumped (no pun intended) her on the inappropriate scale. Just to make it clear, you crossed the line, there are some things that are flat out not right, and your comments about her late husband fall into that category.

Nicole   May 13th, 2009 2:35 pm ET

I was not a fan of Joan Rivers before Apprentice, but am now. WOW, VERY impressed with her energy and drive! Yes she said plenty of inappropriate things and yes it is about ratings, but still, I am in corporate and would much rather work with Joan than Annie. Annie was exceptional at fundraising and self-promotion, but her leadership style was rather abrasive, and I know most people would not want a boss like her. Joan's ability to build relationships with people was unmatched – other than Annie most other folks adored Joan, regardless of her obnoxious (and often times hysterical) commentary. Brandy stood by Annie because of convenience. I would prefer Brandy on my team over Annie too.

Joan had an emotional connection to her charity and that may have put her over the edge for a win. Annie looked like she may have chosen her charity during the application process (may not be true, but that's what it seemed like).

And one other – Annie's defensive comments about poker being a game of skill were laughable. Maybe so Annie, but you still PLAY A GAME for a living. And Joan was right with her trash reference. Any woman that winds up playing poker for a living well, that just means you spent way too much time playing poker doesn't it?

pt   May 13th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Annie has true friends who came to her aid after the party planner (who called Joan a monster on Barbara Walters' radio show) quit because of Joan. Joan only had help from the charity who would have received money if Joan won. Joan never was able to call people to donate. Annie raised more money than any one. Annie can do almost anything, Joan thinks she is so much better than anyone. She has no honor, If Joan didn't want to talk to Annie, why did she get up to give her a hug. Joan is the biggest phony that I have every seen. Annie didn't win because of her chosen charity. I would bet money that that was the first time Joan ever went into someone's apartment to pass out food.

Nancy   May 13th, 2009 4:08 pm ET

Good call, Cam. The very low blows about Joan's husbands' suicide were sickening, at best.

Also, Joan Rivers has been on talk shows for years and her charity has come up time and time again. She's delivered more meals and knows more about her charity than Annie Duke had time to learn about hers.

I still say that her assigned designer was either a set-up or a very sensitive man who had no imagination and didn't appreciate or want her opinions or input. HIS attitude was way wrong. May he go out of business for such severe unprofessionalism or say he was in on it.

Edward   May 13th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Will Rogers never met Joan Rivers!

Dave   May 13th, 2009 11:58 pm ET

I agree, how can they turn their backs on their own grandaughter by defending her murderer? They must have truly hated that little girl.

jeff leit   May 14th, 2009 12:12 am ET

3 days later and i'm still pissed Joan won. Joan disgusted me. Annie was brilliant. Donald embarressed himself. I'll never take him seriously again.

Hey Joan supporters, do you think you you would all be this up in arms if annie had one? Seems to me from the anger out there, a major mistake was made by Trump. I can't think of a less deserving winner then Joan going back to any competition I have ever witnessed.
Celebrity apprentice really, really lacks class, which is to bad, because the concept of the show is great

Betty   May 14th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Jeff, well we all are entitled to our opinions aren't we? And my opinion is the exact opposite of yours & other Annie fans. 3 days later & I'm still glad Joan won. Annie disgusted me, a behind the scenes manipulator mostly about I, I, I...Joan was and is brilliant. Donald didn't embarrass himself. I take him most seriously & in the corporate world I will take a TEAM player, work for the greater task at hand, straight shooter any day of the week. Both of them said despicable things we can all agree. I am a stronger Apprentice fan now more than ever.

Jeff, yes I would have been angry if Annie had won even though I admire her smarts & gamemenship. I can't think of a more deserving winner than Joan looking back at all the competitions I have ever witnessed. Its like a great musician, great authors, etc. The great ones stand the test of time...Love her, hate her or not, Joan has stood the test of time as a champion for many years. She won fair and square. So glad we can all express our differences of opinions.

Becky   May 14th, 2009 8:01 am ET

Betty, and the rest of you who seem to think Joan is "all that"
Have you forgotten her temper tantrum? Breaking glass, and most of all packing her bag and quitting because of her horseface daughter? She quit people... Q-U-I-T
yes, she did return, but in my book, quitters are losers..and the superficial "hug" at the end was disgusting.
We all agree to disagree. funny how all of the folks who think Anne as the true winner are on the same page. Joan fans are all over the board. Lets see, Joan also said, this is not about money. Since when was celebrity apprentice not about money? Since when is Donald Trump not about money? Donald Trump is all about business. Ratings are good for business. He definitely knew what he was doing.
Jeff, I totally agree that the Apprentice is a great concept. I miss the "real world" people battling for a spot to work for Trump. I think the show stinks now, but there are just as many fold that like to watch Jerry Springer and Morey Povich garbage too. Maybe next season, when the ratings as lees than expected, will Donald understand the impact of Joan Rivers.
We all watched though... didn't we....

Nancy   May 14th, 2009 12:25 pm ET

Anyone who reads this blog will notice one thing for sure; all of the Annie Duke supporters have started behaving the way they were accusing Joan Rivers of being. They've started hurling insults at Joan Rivers and her supporters i.e., the many postings on here jabbing at her plastic surgery and that of her daughter, the one woman who was so arrogant and condescending as to personally address Annie Duke about "understanding high IQ" people and their method of play. (For that poster, if you are still reading, even with my high IQ, I was still for Joan Rivers. IQ had nothing to do with it but, I digress.)

It's just obvious that nobody respects anybody elses' opinion if it differs from their own, especially if it's from the non-winner circle. I had already decided that no matter who won or lost, I wasn't going to watch anymore because of personal reasons.

leigh   May 14th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Congratulations, Joan! The right person won. Hitler comment was over the top, but you had Annie's number. Several things: first, the worthless events planner assigned to Joan should have been fired after the initial meeting. Anyone but me think the whole thing was a ruse to add drama? Tempers flare and contestants have to think on their feet and respond to pressure. Well played. Second: Am amazed that Annie has any following – since when do we revere people who have no morals, values, or character and gamble for a living? Would anyone want to work with or for a poker player whose only interest is furthering themselves and their own interests? Third: Humbled by the loving, supportive relationship of Joan and her daughter. It's obvious how well they know and love each other... Joan's animosity towards Annie stemmed from Annie's treatment of Melissa – Joan showed what a great mom she is - her first instinct was to protect her daughter, not play the game.

marcia   May 14th, 2009 6:32 pm ET


Janeysbaby   May 14th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

SO glad you beat that cold-hearted snake. She thought she won...HA..! You were right. She was calculating and narcissistic and I'm glad Donald faked her out at the end! I admire your honesty Joan. Keep tellin' it like it is. You're a terrific and gutsy broad and I like that about you..! {:o)

Betty   May 15th, 2009 12:43 am ET

Becky, your statement to me "..and the rest of you who seem to think Joan is 'all that' " is not true. I have never said Joan is "all that". In fact I wasn't rooting for her at first & have said that and other things I disagreed with about her throughout my numerous comments. Those of us who are glad Joan won, are on the "same page" just as Annie's fans are on the "same page". Joan's and Annie's supporters just saw, heard and interpet the whole thing differently. I have said BOTH Annie & Joan said & did despicable things.
By the way Joan did not "quit". On this Celebrity Apprentice, some of the celebrities left & came back if they had other committments or priorities. My hunch was her fierce committment as a mother to console, comfort & support her daughter came first, especially when we all know that Melissa (who is stronger & contributed so much more than Brandie) got shut out/fired by Annie's brilliant game set up with Brandie who didn't have a clue (& probably still doesn't) of how the game was being played on her too. There are people who are mothers and fathers who, when it comes to their children or "adult children" see their parenting role of a higher order/value priority if that person is hurting and/or their perception is of them being wronged in some way. Trump appears to have that Papa Bear value in himself with his own kids.
Both sides of supporters for either Joan or Annie can point to despicable, mean and ugly behaviors that both displayed under this televised pressure cooker. It will be hard to top this season no matter who they get next time they do a Celebrity Apprentice again. Thanks for a great season of entertainment & debate.

Becky - Eagle Idaho   May 16th, 2009 1:25 pm ET

Betty, you must not have been watching the same show.
Joan packed and stopped out like a spoiled child. FFS! get a grip!!!

Hollie   May 16th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

I have always loved Joan Rivers! I had never heard of Annie the Poker Player..but then I don't follow that stuff...This was the best CELEBRITY APPRENTICE yet! I would have really been upset if Annie had won. She came across as the most arrogant, self-absorbed person I've ever seen on television. Just listening to her...She said, When "I" won, ...or she would say, When "the team" lost...if they won it was her, if they lost it was THEM. And she lied constantly. Wasn't she aware that her LIES were all recorded as she said them? At least Joan was upfront the whole time, and if she was confronted, she just upheld what she'd said previously. Not Annie. But then, to be a good poker player, its all lying and bluffing, and manipulating. I'm sure its a great living for her, but its soooooo BASE. Joan won it on PURE intelligence, her comedic gift, and good business sense!

Congratulations, Joan! You are STILL MY HERO after at least 35 years! Thanks, Mr. Trump! Keep 'em coming!

Angus   May 18th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

Well...I can't believe Joan won, clearly Donlads IQ is below Joans. Annie was amazing throughout the show. Joan you showed the bitterness when Melissa was fired. Have some class like Annie and Brandie...They were great. You do have some great lines Joan...and not just on your face....

Patricia Wilie   May 19th, 2009 2:28 am ET

Joan Rivers got exactly what she deserved.....TO WIN.........WHOO WHOO.........You Go Joan.....Bad mouthers are just jealous. You are the sweetest, kindest,most loving and most caring person I know and yes I do feel like I know you. I love you so very much for being you and for having the loving heart that you have. You are truly an inspriation for all of us women; giving us the courage to be us and speaking up for ourselves and not taking any crap off of fake people like Annie. I really didn't like her. She may be a great person but if that was the true her then she deserved to lose. She couldn't hold a candle to you. Best Wishes for you and your wonderful charity.

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