Quote of the Day: Alec Baldwin on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Watch the clip here.

Be sure to wait for it, wait for it. About halfway through the video is a gem of a quote from Alec Baldwin on his brother — the one who lives in Upper Grandview: “There’s no one more full of crap than Stephen.”

The only thing that that would have been better than that is if he’d done it in the “30 Rock” voice of upstairs neighbor Mrs. Rodriguez.

With or without impressions, though, it’s still great television.

People of the Year — 4. Donald Trump

itw_people3.jpgYeah, we hear you groaning. But forget about that whole trumped-up bitch fest with Rosie O’Donnell for a sec. That may have made tabloid headlines, but this year the Bedford homeowner (or rather, mansion-owner) also made plenty of legitimate news here in Westchester. In addition to opening the doors to Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, beginning work on Trump Parc in Stamford, and campaigning to get the U.S. Open played at one of his Trump National golf courses (either Briarcliff Manor or Bedminster, New Jersey), he also erected some hard-to-miss road signs announcing Donald J. Trump State Park on the Taconic. Donating 436 acres for a park in Northern Westchester: generous. Congratulating oneself by branding your name all over the county: not exactly, to use his word, “classy.� (What’s next? Trump-onic Parkway? Trumpchester?) Some other unclassy moves: The Apprentice got its worst ratings in six seasons; his eponymous, SkyMall-esque magazine sent its backers into financial meltdown; and The Daily News reported that, to boost anemic book sales, he paid people to buy his new self-help tome, Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life.

Prediction for 2008: Trump currently has four—count ’em, four!—TV shows in production: Fox’s Lady or a Tramp, MTV’s Pageant Place, a syndicated Judge Judy/Dr. Phil-type daytime show (with Trump mediating financial disputes), and The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition for NBC. Just try to top that, Rosie!

Adapted from “People of the Year,� InTown Westchester, December 2007

(Illustration by Ismael Roldon)

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This week’s quiz:

Which of the following local celebs is going to star Donald Trump’s new celebrity version of “The Apprentice�?

• Chynna Philips, of Bedford
• Stephen Baldwin, of Upper Grandview
• Michael Imperioli, Brewster and Mount Vernon native
• Stone Phillips, of Dobbs Ferry

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.
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Cross Judge Judy with Dr. Phil and you get … Donald Trump?

Q: How many Donald Trump television shows will we be forced to watch before the network overlords understand that the man has peaked, that the halcyon days of “The Apprentice” are long gone?

A: Four

In addition to NBC’s “Apprentice: Celebrity Edition” (currently filming now in NYC), Fox’s “Lady or a Tramp,” and MTV’s “Pageant Place,” yesterday news broke that there is yet another Trump show forthcoming. Only now, the Donald is taking aim at a whole new section of the schedule: daytime.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the new syndicated show (to be created by Reveille Prods. and Trump Prods.) will star the Bedford resident in what one source called a hybrid between “Dr. Phil” and “Judge Judy” — i.e. Trump acting as mediator for real people with financial disputes.

Hey, that reminds me, Donald: If you’re looking for any people to appear on the new show, I hear Michael Lohan might like a little of that “Apprentice” action coming Stephen Baldwin’s way!

(Associated Press file photo by Dennis Cook)

Trump denies ever inviting Rosie onto ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

AP/Dennis CookThat said, he did admit to access Access Hollywood, “It’s a good idea … because I would fire her fat a**. She would definitely not last more than one show … I would love to fire Rosie, but I don’t want her on the show.â€?

In other Trump news, he’ll be voicing the role of the banker on NBC’s “Deal or No Deal” in the next season of that show. I kid you not.

Watch the Access Hollywood interview HERE.

Did The Donald offer Rosie $2 mil to appear on ‘The Apprentice’?


OK, granted, this is even more absurd sounding than Rosie getting anally raped on Nip/Tuck, but — well, that one turned out to be true.

And besides, it comes from the most reliable source in the whole media biz: Fox News. I mean, hey, they’re owned by the same guys that own the Wall Street Journal, right? Has to be true.

So here’s what Roger Friedman’s 411 column had to say in his Monday column: Trump offered O’Donnell $2 million to appear in the next season of “The Apprentice,” which will be celebrity-theme. And even though the gig would have only entailed 12 days of work, Friedman’s  “sources” say that Rosie turned him down flat.  “I wouldn’t do it for $200 million,” was the alleged Rosie quote.

Alas, no confirmation on Ro’s blog one way or another yet.

(Trump: AP Photo/Stephen Chernin-File; O’Donnell: AP/Norwegian Cruise Lines)

NBC continues begging Rosie O to appear on a show, ANY show

tjndc5-5f2qol0l38859cmebjm_layout.jpgSeeing as how Ben Silverman’s appeal to get Rosie to appear on “The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition” met with a resounding nuh-uh, he and NBC have a plan B: a guest spot on “Friday Night Lights.” According to TV Guide, the producers of FNL have offered the South Nyacker a six to seven-episode stint starring as an angry girl’s soccer coach pissed off that all the school’s funding is going to football.

“Rosie’s a big fan of Friday Night Lights, as we know from The View, and we heard she was interested in being on the show,” executive producer Jason Katims said. While O’Donnell’s spokesperson, Cindi Berger, flatly rejected NBC’s overtures to appear on the newly revived “Apprentice,” this offer sounded much more promising. “No definitive plans,” she said. “They are in talks and she loves the show.”

Personally, I always saw her as more of a bipolar softball coach, but maybe that’s just me.

(Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.)

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Trump wants Rosie on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ no bull – – – -!

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It’s hard to believe that anything could top the insanity of giving Donald Trump another season of “The Apprentice,” but it appears that NBC’s new programming chief Ben Silverman has done it. Next year’s version of the show will be an all-celebrity edition, and yes, it’s true, Rosie has been asked to be on the show.

Shortly after Silverman joined the Peacock, Fox News reported that he would “do anything” to get Rosie on his network. Now, I always assumed he meant in a daytime, game show, or talk show capacity. But well, give the man credit: This is 10 times as genius. Evil genius, but genius none the less.

Still, The Donald inviting his arch nemesis on his show? It’s almost too outlandish to believe. But then I found the blog of this Kansas City reporter, Aaron Barnhart, who indeed confirmed that Trump didn’t only agree to entertain the idea of Rosie on “The Apprentice,” he actually asked Silverman to invite her. Barnhart says that after the press conference, he thought he hadn’t heard right:

<blockquote><div>After the session I had to confirm it. Were you bullsh – – – – ng us? I yelled up at the stage. “No bullsh – – !” Silverman yelled back</div></blockquote>

Since the announcement, O’Donnell’s spokeswoman, Cindi Berger, told the AP, “It will never happen in this lifetime or beyond.” Mmm, sounds like a maybe to me.

“The Apprentice to return with celebs” [USA Today]

As “The Apprentice” goes, so goes Trump the Magazine

trumpmag.jpgIt’s true: Trump Magazine, the classiest publications in the tri-state market, is also quickly becoming one of the brokest. Remember how well the Donald did with the casino business? Yeah, well, let’s just say that the magazine bidness hasn’t been quite so forgiving.

According to Radar, Trump’s quarterly cross between Panache and Skymall is “on the verge of financial meltdown.” It goes on to quote unnamed sources saying, “They owe money to everybody and are being sued every which way. … Will Donald come in and help reinvigorate it with some personal funds? It’s all a matter of timing.”

The magazine begain in 2004 as Trump World, and as I wrote back in January the publisher, Premiere Publishing Group, recently shifted the target audience to the New York region. Apparently the strategy isn’t working all that well, since the mag’s staff has dwindled from 25 to fewer than 10 and, according to the SEC, Premiere lost $5.6 million last year. Somehow amid all this, The Donald still gets a $135,000 royalty payment for each issue.

OK, don’t go getting any crazy ideas, Dr. Louis InTown. You’ll continue to get your royalties in ground beef and like it!

Countdown: 4 days to go before nobody watches the new season of Donald Trump’s ‘Apprentice’

Last year Trump got into a war of words with Martha Stewart in the weeks leading up to his show’s launch. This year, he did the same with Rosie O’Donnell. If it lasts another season who can we look forward to the Donald squaring off with next?


Click here to hear Trump say, “fo’ shizzle�

(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)