Skip to comments.'Apprentice' Winner Fires Competitor (on live TV! As unexpected as the Spanish Inquisition...)
Posted on 12/16/2005 12:45:11 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
Just seconds after being named this season's Apprentice, Randal Pinkett made his first executive decision -- he instructed Donald Trump not to hire his competitor Rebecca Jarvis.
"I think there should be only one apprentice," he said when Trump asked if Jarvis should also be hired. "I think that's the way it should be."
While it was obvious The Donald had planned on offering jobs to both candidates, Trump did not hesitate in granting Pinkett's wish and making him the sole Apprentice.
For Jarvis this was a huge slap in the face.
Not only did the 23-year-old outshine Pinkett during their final tasks -- hosting different fundraising events -- she has an exceptional resume, including starting a children's charity at only 15-years-old.
"Rebecca, I think you are brilliant and you have a tremendous future. Basically, I am stuck with two stars," said Trump.
In the end, it was Pinkett's extensive education (he's a Rhodes Scholar who attended both Oxford and MIT) and leadership abilities that won The Donald over.
"Randal, you have been outstanding. Rarely have I seen a leader as good as you," said Trump just moments before announcing his choice during the show's live finale at the Lincoln Centre in New York.
Although Pinkett was a shoo-in to win The Apprentice from the start, he failed to impress the boss during his last challenge, running a celebrity softball game and auction.
The 34-year-old, who did not check the weather forecast and was, therefore, caught off guard when it began to rain, did manage to pull off the auction segment of the event inside the baseball arena, but Trump and his executives were disappointed in the final product.
Jarvis, however, planned an exceptional event for Yahoo, right down to the little purple flashing light ice cubes that were served in the drinks. But her team failed to raise any money for their charity, which Trump felt was unacceptable.
As the winner of this season's The Apprentice, Pinkett will oversee massive construction projects at Trump's three hotels and casinos in Atlantic City.
Meanwhile, season five of The Apprentice is set to air next spring.
I haven't watched at all this season but this sounds exciting! I will watch the rerun.
Have any of the contest winners actually gone on to do anything? Didn't the first guy essentially move to Chicago and disappear? I confess, I don't keep up with this stuff.
"NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
Get THE COMFY CHAIR!
I agree with Randal. It seemed tone deaf to me for the Donald to ask the Black Aprrentice to share his prize. he never asked the bland white guys who've won before to do that-- Randal was a dominant performer and deserved to be the only Apprentice crowned last night.
This is sarcasm right?? Certainly you can't care that much.
I remember reading somewhere about a college campus where student groups could borrow money for fundraisers but they couldn't raise the money without borrowing it.... they would borrow and spend $10K to raise $5K or something like that. It must have been in California or something
Actually, most Apprentice runners up have made more money than the winner has - and without Grumpy Donald as a boss. Bill (first season) is leaving, Kelly (second season) is already gone and Kendra (third season) got out of her contract. At least Rebecca knows there's a job waiting for her at Yahoo.
Where did you get your info about Bill, Kelly and Kendra?? I thought Randall made the right call last night and he did use the words "not tonight" when Donald asked him about hiring Rebecca. He is free to hire her today or tomorrow but Randall competed for and deservedly won the top spot.
Randall reminds me of many military officers who are book smart and got 1500 on the SAT but are as dumb as a box of rocks !
Wrong answer if Trump Enterprises is better off with her.
Who cares about this babble?
I thought it was a low blow. He'd be dam lucky to find anybody else as talented as Rebecca on the open market.
That was when I realized that she was going to lose. No matter how well she had done in everything else, she lacked the experience to determine who her client was, and that you don't treat your boss like he is a nobody. She also missed the goal .. she didn't raise any money.
I have known a lot of educated idiots. Randall did not strike me as one of them.
"Randall reminds me of many military officers who are book smart and got 1500 on the SAT but are as dumb as a box of rocks !"
ie., most of them have spent so much time in the safe unchallenging insular academia environment they become rendered socially inept for the real world. When its the student(or parents/scholarship) who is forking over all that college tuition the student always gets the pat on the head.
I have to agree with you on that.
Don't get me wrong. Trump made the right choice. But she was/is extraordinarily talented and driven. Cripes, she had a broken ankle for most of the series, remember when Amarosa went into a coma when a two ounce piece of plaster hit her on the head?
I just think that Trump offered him something very positive, and he made the wrong choice. If I was Trump myself, I'd question that bigtime.
I don't know, it might be a blessing in disguise for her.
Trump is such a lime light lizard it seems his employees have to spend most the time dancing and twirling when HE enters the room, also creates too much competition underneath between all of them. Is there ever any actual time left for them to do their job duties? Bet there's a lot of back stabbing within the Trump organization(?).
Thus for a guy who is 'dumb as a box of rocks' he seems to be doing quite well.
Could be. I doubt she's hurting, actually, I think many of those chosen were already millionaires from their own efforts.
But once Randal was hired - he then worked for the Trump organization. And his job was not to parade, it was to make decisions that would benefit the company. They had both even selected different tasks, so there wouldn't have been a conflict.
I gotta admit one thing, he is one smart dude!! 5 Degrees, owns 5 businesses, he's probably still a virgin...
"gotta admit one thing, he is one smart dude!! 5 Degrees, owns 5 businesses, he's probably still a virgin..."
LOL... You would think with a busy schedule like that, there wasn't any time left for personal relationships. It's why Trump has been through so many marriages, cause people like him are first married till death do them part to their career. I could've sworn the new apprentice winner is married, isn't he?
He's probably still a virgin.
He's probably still a virgin.
So what are you eluding to? Does Randall have a theater ticket stub for Brokeback Mountain?
While I really liked Randall, I thought Rebecca got a raw deal. She is amazing for only being 23. Trump should offer her a job anyway.
They showed his wife last night on t.v. :)
Hello ? They showed a clip of him at home with his wife.
"Pinkett and his wife, Zahara Wadud-Pinkett, live in Somerset.."
His advice not to hire Rebecca was, to me, ungracious and out of character. It was unexpected, telling, and made great television.
Might still be a virgin. Not a brokebacker IMHO.
Bingo! If it was a "weekly team task", then Rebecca would have been FIRED and sent packing from the Board room.
Randall's team took in $11,000 for charity. Rebecca sent her fat donors home with a goody bag and an "envelope" to send in. She said she didn't want to cheapen the Charity event by soliciting money before they left. But not one potential donor sent in a dime..
Randall deserved the win in the end.
Agreed. Give the option that was both magnanimous and in his employer's best interest, he instead chose the one that would be in his own self-interest. It must make the people about to begin working with him wonder whether the "real" Randal is the one we saw throughout the show, or if Trump caught him off balance and we got a glimpse into his actual thought processes.
"wonder whether the "real" Randal is the one we saw throughout the show, or if Trump caught him off balance and we got a glimpse into his actual thought processes."
A person doesn't get to where Trump is by wondering. I'd say Randalls ace was "Trumped".
Ugh, Randy, the nasty elitist.
She then moved on to some other so called celeb.
Not sure what the apprentice is up to these day. He had his five minutes.
Randy would have made a good partner for Omarosa.
I think Trump made the wrong decision. On several projects Randal was stumped for what to do or he spent time on meanliness action. She showed good judgement and performance all the way. One downside was her unwavering loyalty to an incompetent contestant. But Trump seemed to like the loyalty.
"the first winner wound up dating the girl from Bachelor who ws chosen by Andrew Firestone.
She then moved on to some other so called celeb."
I never was a fan of the parallel selling concept. ;)
Rebecca deserves more than a job with Trump.
Let's leave race out of this---Randy is beyond that. He is dynamic no matter what his race is!!!
(spoken from personal knowledge)
I suspected that Randall would win.
I suspected that Trump would offer both jobs
I did not suspect that Randall would less-than-graciously shut the door on a more-than-qualified friend and team-mate that helped him get where he is.
Business is truly brutal.
He had the job. He should have known it. I would have said, "If there is room in your (Trump's) organization for one more qualifed candidate, I believe it would be in your best interest to also hire Rebecca."
It would have only made himself shine more.
I'm surprised he didn't hire both of them. He had two minorities there. One was black and the other was a (temporarily) disabled female. Would have been a PC two-fer for Trump.
I think Randal's decision was out of synch with everything else he did on the show. something about it doesn't pass the smell test, and it wouldn't surprise me if there was some kind of backstage maneuvering going on that led up to this. As I said to Mrs. Slowboat last night, if Randal had said yes, we would have all said "that's nice", and forgotten about it. Instead, it's the big controversy and the subject of a lot of discussion and speculation.
Look for an epilogue that will get more ratings for Trump.
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