Donald Trump fires Bill Goldberg from 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
By Reality TV World staff, 04/19/2010
Wrestler Bill Goldberg became the seventh celebrity eliminated from The Celebrity Apprentice's third edition during Sunday night's two-hour broadcast.
The Apprentice star Donald Trump fired Goldberg after his three-person "Rocksolid" men's team lost the competition's sixth task to the five-person "Tenacity" women's team and Trump decided Goldberg shouldn't have volunteered to have served as his team's project manager.
"Obviously if you're as competitive a person as I am, you want to win everything. But at the end of the day, I think Donald makes his own decisions, and based upon what he thinks is right. I take full responsibility for my team losing because I was the project manager," Goldberg said following his elimination.
"No question. If I didn't take full responsibility for my team losing then I wouldn't be in this f--king car."
Goldberg and musician Cyndi Lauper had served as the teams' project managers for The Celebrity Apprentice's sixth third-season task, which required the teams to give makeovers and prepare album and promotional materials for up-and-coming country music artists Luke Bryan and Emily West, respectively.
However Trump felt that even though Goldberg was the only "Rocksolid" member who had yet to serve as project manager, he shouldn't have volunteered to manage the task given the extensive music industry experience of musician and Rock of Love star Bret Michaels.
"I think Brett, frankly, should have been project manager," Trump told Goldberg after the wrestler admitted Michaels had done the vast majority of the task's work and that, given the benefit of hindsight, he had been "wrong" to volunteer to serve as the team's leader.
"I was unfortunately misinformed by my own stupidity, in that I figured that since I hadn't been project manager I made to step up. And as a man, I stepped up," Goldberg replied.
"But I think you were wrong in that decision also... this isn't about being a man or anything, it's about making the right business decision," Trump said.
"Then I made the wrong decision," Goldberg responded.
"You did make the wrong decision. Goldberg, you're fired!" Trump said.
After the men left the boardroom, first-season The Celebrity Apprentice runner-up Trace Adkins -- who served as one of Trump's advisors for the task along with Donald Trump Jr. -- made it clear he disagreed with Trump's decision.
"I think we made the right decision. What do you think Trace?" Trump said.
"I don't think so," Adkins replied.
"You would have fired [who]?" Trump asked.
"Brett," Adkins said. "I point-blank asked the industry insiders who they thought the project manager was and they all said Brett."
"Well you know, one of the reasons [I fired Goldberg] is because he should not have been the project manager," Trump said.
"He should not! The mistake was made yesterday morning [when the task started and he volunteered]," Adkins told Trump.
"He wanted to be project manager [but] he shouldn't have chosen this task," Trump said.
"He should not have," Adkins said.
"That's the primary reason I fired him... does that make you fell better?" Trump asked.
"Yes," Adkins replied.
"Good. Now I feel better!" Trump said.
"Tenacity's" victory -- which was determined by a panel of three music industry insiders -- seemed to surprise to both Trump and several of the women, including music manager and America's Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne, who returned to the competition midway through the task after missing the entire fifth task.
"It's very good," Osbourne said before the women's win was revealed. "They did a much better job. A much better job."
"Do you think it's better than yours?" Trump asked her.
"Yes. It's more informative," she replied.
"You know what I do [too], but it's not up to me," Trump said. "It all comes down to who gave their artist a better shot at breaking out."