Annie Duke fired on Celebrity Apprentice final

Annie Duke was fired from her job on Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night, but at least her charity walked away a winner.

Joan Rivers and Annie Duke went to battle for the final time Sunday, tasked with organizing a VIP party and silent auction fundraiser for their respective charities.

The project leaders had to organize the event, procure donations for the auction and get celebrities to attend. They also had to help promote Kodak as the sponsor of the event.

As she's done all season, Duke clearly out-fundraised Rivers in the final task, raising $465,725 for her charity, Refugees International.

Rivers managed to pull in $150,830 for God's Love We Deliver.

In all, Duke told PokerListings she raised more than $730,000 for Refugees International during Celebrity Apprentice this season.

Bad Beat for Annie Duke on Celebrity Apprentice

Looking back, Duke said she is going to take two things away from her experience on the show.

Annie Duke
It appeared Rivers was more convincing.

One is the friendships she formed and the reminder of how solid her friends in the poker world are.

"The second is the tremendous amount of awareness and money raised for my charity," Duke said.

But fundraising wasn't the only criteria for winning the final challenge and becoming the latest Celebrity Apprentice. The final task was judged on five criteria, of which Duke won just two.

With Rivers able to claim a win on the final task, the only thing left was for the two women to have their chance in the boardroom to defend themselves and give reasons why they would be the better apprentice.

Duke was confident she had done the better job throughout the season. She'd raised the most money and won both of the tasks where she was project manager before losing in the final.

She said she wasn't surprised when Rivers was hired and she was fired, but there were quite a few stunned TV viewers who were, claiming Trump showed favoritism or that he simply chose the person with the biggest celebrity profile.

Celebrity Apprentice may have been a bad beat for Duke, but she's already well on her way to bouncing back.

She was in Boston Monday hosting a Children's Hospital of Boston fundraiser. Next she'll be jetting back home to California for a little break before the start of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas at the end of the month.

During the WSOP, Duke also plans to continue her charitable work with the Third Annual Ante Up for Africa Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament July 2.

"Refugees International is a small charity, and the awareness for the charity from me being on Celebrity Apprentice is huge," Duke said.

"I hope it will also help my efforts with Ante Up for Africa, which Refugees International has partnered with."

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2009-05-13 11:50:00

Trump dislikes anyone talking bad about him, so he chose Joan Rivers. For God’s sake, Joan even recently called Tom Hanks a Nazi (Google the words Joan Rivers, Nazi, and Tom Hanks to confirm this). ————————————————————————— Joan Rivers is basically one nasty woman. I got sucked into this show late in the season, but never again. Donald Trump, you really are a ROYAL jackass!!!

2009-05-13 04:22:00


2009-05-13 01:09:00

the worst decision trump ever made; do we really have self pity for poor joan and her big mouth; slam dunk for annie; she was great;

2009-05-12 22:11:00

The only thing Joan did all season was to avoid being fired from a consistently losing team. Not only did Annie consistently win, she was also a significant contributor to those wins … record breaking fund raiser, writing the jingle that beat a grammy winner, coming up with the recipe that won the food episode etc. Obviously a Fix.

Donald must think his viewers are too stupid to notice.
NBC should fire him and get Rosie O’Donnel to host next season.

2009-05-12 21:49:00

im done watching this show. Why watch a show thats pre-determined.

2009-05-12 19:26:00

Donald Trump did more to tarnish his reputaion that any other participant on this program.

Wow! what a huge disappointment, it goes against everything Trump has written or spoke about regarding business.

fran villa
2009-05-12 19:12:00

What I saw on the celebrity apprentice was a sham.Annie clearly won and Rivers and her daughter belong on the Jerry Springer Show.
How Trump decided was a fix and unfair.I use to like Rivers but she is the trash she called Annie. It definitely was not fair and I will not watch the show ever again.I have watched every year good or bad but this was such a phoney decision Trump made . It was stupid and not real.and so unfairAlso Brandy and Annie should of been the last 2 . Not joan she should of been long gone. joan’s raising money and completing tasks were terrible even though she had high energy for age anda name .She did not have any results except for getting away with her nasty mouth.And knowing Trump was going to pick her from the start.

2009-05-12 19:03:00

There was so many things wrong with this show and I hope Donald Trump reads this stuff

1. How can anyone hire someone who walked out on him once already. Just watching the show before hand would have been enough to say. Wow. How can I hire her

2. The boardroom attacks would never be tolerated in the real world. Joan would have been fired the first time she called Annie a name. And fighting to keep her daughter even though on the other team.

3. Donald lost my respect when he fired Kardasian for past issue but kept Rodman around. But than to top it off he hires Joan who was very unprofessional during the show

4. One of the big things that showed the fix was in was the results. I thought Annie celebrities were better and Rodman coming as he did was pure genius and worth the win for that category by himself. You knew it right now. Or the Kodak representive is a hick. Did he realize that it was a bunch of male impersonators. Very tacky. In a silent auction, you want money and not down to earth where anyone can come. It has to be classic and high class. The only thing that Joan did better was the photo look as you entered. The rest was all Annie but yet she wins 3 of 5. BS

5. How did the event planner episode not come up in the end again. That was another reason to fire Joan. Annie should have been complimented for how she handled the situation.

6. Home field advantage was big for Joan and yet Annie overcome this left, right and center. If this was in LA, Brandie and her would have killed this even more.

Overall, a very disappointing result,. But Trump is old,. Time to hand the reigns over to the kids. I will watch the show again because I found it very funny in the end. Lots that made me laugh. Plus his daughter is absolutely beautiful. One of the most attractive woman I have seen. We all knew it was fixed but your not watching for that. Your watching guys like Jesse, Rodman or even Joan who was very funny,

PS: Some good points above. I think your awesome Annie

2009-05-12 18:29:00

I just bought some of Joan’s jewelry from the Boardroom Collection, thanks for the heads-up, Mrs. G!

2009-05-12 17:27:00

I guess you could say that Annie got Rivered?

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