OFFSTAGE: Celebrity Apprentice John Rich Has a Gargantuan Day

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When two men start rolling a red carpet out under the feet Donald Trump on a New York City sidewalk, and he fires them when they run out of carpet, that can only mean one thing. It’s going to be a long, long, long two hours on tonight’s (May 22) live season finale of Celebrity Apprentice. Even John Rich said from the get-go tonight, “Today is a gargantuan day.” Because we’re all wondering (even Rich, I’m sure) what Rich’s fate will be. Will he win? Will he get fired? God, the suspense is killing me. I want Rich to win, but so far it is impossible to tell if he has what it takes to beat much-loved actress Marlee Matlin. We will all have to wait through the endless drama and diva moments until we get to hear Trump’s gut instinct on who goes and who stays. For tonight’s task, Matlin and Rich are going head to head to re-launch 7Up as the Uncola. Cross your fingers, Team Rich.

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