OFFSTAGE: How John Rich Pens a Children’s Book

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“Write it like a country song, boys.” That was John Rich’s advice on Sunday night’s (March 13) Celebrity Apprentice when it came time for the men’s team to write a book that would appeal to the tough 4 to 5-year-old demographic. Rich and his team wrote a story with an anti-bullying message, and part of it goes like this: “Little John’s going to a brand new school, he’s afraid other kids won’t think he’s cool. John’s kind of quiet and not very tall, and he feels all alone when he walks down the hall.” After a few lines, fellow singer Mark McGrath seemed grateful that someone had a way with words and said, “God bless John Rich.” (I didn’t watch much of the women’s team because, honestly, Gary Busey was getting into so many little diva fights with everyone, that that was enough girl drama for me.) Ultimately, the men won, which made project manager Meat Loaf start crying. And then, sadly, someone from the women’s team had to go home. “You’re fired,” Donald Trump told the lovely Lisa Rinna. Stay tuned next week for an update on every move John Rich makes on Celebrity Apprentice.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.