Sinbad the second celebrity fired from 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
By Reality TV World staff, 03/22/2010
Comedian and actor Sinbad became the second celebrity eliminated from The Celebrity Apprentice's third season during Sunday's night's two-hour broadcast.
"My experience was really short but it was cool. It was fun working with the guys, these guys are top-notch, good people man," Sinbad said after The Apprentice star Donald Trump fired him.
"My advice to any contestants is to throw somebody under the bus. Don't be nice, throw them under the bus. Throw them under the bus. Then say, 'I'm sorry,' and hug 'em out in the hallway. Say, 'Oh my god, I can't believe I said that to you, I'm sorry!' Something like that."
Sinbad was eliminated from The Celebrity Apprentice's third edition after his "Rocksolid" men's team lost the competition's second task to "Tenacity," the women's team. As his team's project manager, Sinbad was deemed most responsible for the team's loss.
Although "Rocksolid" did a better job of organizing an event that created memorable photo moments for potential Kodak customers, the women -- who were led by former WWE wrestler Maria Kanellis -- did a far better job of promoting Kodak's products and services to their event's attendees.
In addition, while Sinbad insisted his team had done a good job of distributing the information, the men's secret shoppers also left their event not knowing they could log on to Kodak's photo website to obtain copies of the photos they had just taken.
Sinbad opted to take indicted former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and rock star and Rock of Love star Brett Michaels back into the boardroom with him after Trump and his adult children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. deliberated the men's failure.
But when questioned, Sinbad admitted he selected Blagojevich and Michaels through a process of elimination more than anything.
"Only because I can't say Michael, I can't say Curtis, I can't say Goldberg, I can't say Darryl," he told The Donald about remaining "Rocksolid" members Olympic gold-medal sprinter Michael Johnson, Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone, former wrestler Bill Goldberg, and retired MLB baseball player Darryl Strawberry.
"I can't. They just kicked it too hard."
All three Trumps seemed unswayed by Sinbad's tepid defense of his performance and management style, which had featured poor communication that had repeatedly left his teammates confused and unsure what they were supposed to be doing.
"I don't know if Sinbad actually listened to the [Kodak] executives," Donald Trump Jr. said as the threesome deliberated.
But they also faulted the behavior of Michaels -- who successfully led "Rocksolid" to victory in the season's first task but had a minor meltdown after becoming worried that Sinbad's decision to not give him any specific tasks was going to make him the "bad guy" if the men lost the task.
"I think Sinbad was disorganized," Ivanka said. "Bret though walked away from the team, and that's something to be weighed, especially at this early on in the game. You can't get frustrated."
In the end, The Donald decided that Michaels and Blagojevich -- who Trump had originally asked to manage the task but had suggested Sinbad instead, citing his far superior "creative" abilities -- both deserved another chance and Sinbad, who admitted Michaels had still been manageable, should be fired instead.
"Look, the fact is you lost the task [and] you couldn't handle Brett even though you just admitted he was manageable. And you are the project manager. Sinbad, you're fired!" Trump said.
"Okay. Cool, man," Sinbad replied.
"I think in the boardroom I should have jacked up Blagojevich and Brett a little bit more," he added after leaving Trump Tower.
"He did not lead properly," Trump vented after Sinbad's departure.
"And he couldn't explain why anyone else should go," Ivanka added.