Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy gets fired by Donald Trump on 'The Apprentice'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/29/2010
Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy became the eighth candidate fired from NBC's non-celebrity revival of The Apprentice during Thursday night's broadcast of the reality competition's seventh episode.
The Apprentice star Donald Trump fired Mahsa after her Fortitude women's team lost the season's seventh task, which required Fortitude and the Octane men's team to each organize and create a 15 minute presentation for potential new Broadway musicals in attempt to impress and gain the support of investors.
Fortitude presented their musical "Darling" as a narration interwoven with the show's best musical numbers while Octane chose to introduce their musical "Little Ms. Fix It" with individual actors' monologues -- leading into the songs and scene selections they believed to stand out from the rest. Liza
Mucheru-Wisner, a 30-year-old from Corpus Christi, TX, opted to serve as the project manager for the women -- although she said she had never heard of a musical before -- while Steuart Martens, a 27-year-old from Washington, D.C., volunteered to lead the men.
Octane's musical presentation ended up turning out great when the men decided to entrust their faith back in David Johnson, a 34-year-old from Portage, MI, as a creative leader -- who forced his teammates to plead for his elimination based on his poor behavior last week. Octane previously nicknamed him "the virus and plague," but they all agreed he stepped up to the plate and took a very hands-on approach, despite him getting ripped to shreds in last week's boardroom.
Meanwhile, Fortitude's strategy seemed to take a hit when the women forgot to add their contact information on the promotional materials, leaving no way for interested investors to reach the musical's organizers.
After the task, both teams met with Trump in the boardroom. Liza and Steuart both deemed their team's musicals highly successful, and then Trump decided to confirm if David actually did a good job and helped his team this week.
"Clint, would you take back what you said in the proceeding weeks about David?" Trump asked Clint Robertson, a 40-year-old from Austin, TX who had expressed the most complaints about David in last week's episode.
"Mr. Trump, there's no way I can take that back because I believe that the conversation we had last board meeting is the reason we had David in his element this meeting -- I think he did a great job," Clint replied.
"It's a big comeback -- good," Trump told David.
Later on, Trump questioned Fortitude's motives and how they could forget to include the presentation's most valuable information.
"Let me ask you this, I want to invest, right? I have your material -- I don't even know how to get in touch with anybody. Now the men took care of that beautifully, you put your cards, you put your phone numbers, you put everything. You didn't do that. Whose fault is it that I as an investor don't know who to call about investing in this show?" Trump asked Liza.
The ladies bickered back and forth on who was to blame, and after discussing the women's strategy and distribution of the responsibilities, Trump then revealed that Octane was the winner of the task.
Once the men's team left the boardroom, which woman was responsible for the omission of Fortitude's contact information seemed to shaping up as the primary criteria Trump was going to use for his firing decision.
However, the conversation took a striking turn when Mahsa was put in the hot seat for the way she treats others and talks about herself when Brandy Kuentzel, a 30-year-old from San Francisco, CA, told Trump the key information that would eventually send Mahsa home.
"She told the men's team in the [prior] task how much we made in the task -- and it's 100% percent true," Brandy told Trump, adding she had never been so angry and worked up about anyone.
Mahsa did not deny her mistake and told Trump it was a lack in judgement, but she blamed Clint for telling her how much money Octane had made in the task first.
Clint, furious over the accusation that he claimed to be a complete lie, stormed with Octane back into the boardroom to set the record straight -- even if it meant putting himself at risk for elimination.
"Mr. Trump, I wanted to come back and clear my name. I am not going to be soiled by Mahsa," Clint complained. "Mahsa cannot keep her mouth shut -- in the lobby at the hotel, Mahsa was talking about numbers -- She even told me the number in particular...I had no idea what we made sir."
Mahsa then fired back at Clint and repetitively claimed he was lying, but Clint stood his ground while his teammates added he couldn't have revealed their profit because he wasn't even aware of their total figure.
"I'd rather be fired tonight with clearing my name," Clint said.
Regardless of who was responsible for Fortitude's musical task loss, Trump found Mahsa's actions to be reason enough for letting her go.
"Mahsa, forgetting about who said what, it doesn't matter okay -- Wouldn't you say it was disloyal that you gave them the numbers?" Trump asked.
"The task was over, it was stupid I gave them the numbers, but it wasn't disloyal," Mahsa said.
"Whether or not you're allowed to do that, is one thing, but the loyalty to your team is pretty bad right? -- You think you made a mistake?" Trump asked Mahsa.
"I absolutely made a mistake," Mahsa replied.
"Mahsa, you're fired," Trump stated.
Mahsa recognized ultimately it was her responsibility to keep Fortitude's information private, and that leaking such details was the wrong decision.
"I made a very stupid mistake, and I got fired for it. I think if I had been a little quieter, then I would have stayed in the game longer -- I would not have made as many enemies. I'm very shocked that I'm seeing the inside of this cab tonight -- I never thought it would happen," Mahsa lamented after her elimination.