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BigMac
March 18th, 2004, 03:09 PM
The Apprentice (http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Apprentice/)

I watched the show last week for the first time. While I found it to be entertaining and insightful, I will continue to watch in the future primarily for the excellent views of New York City.

On a related note, The Smoking Gun reports that Donald Trump has filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the phrase "You're Fired". Here (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0318041trump1.html) is the full story.

Gulcrapek
March 18th, 2004, 04:56 PM
So every time there's an angry boss, he'll have to pay royalties?

Maybe it'll help people keep their jobs.

fioco
March 18th, 2004, 07:52 PM
Nice thought, Gulcrapek! Bosses will continue to fire with impunity, but I enjoyed the mental image of police storming a room and putting a boss in cuffs for uttering the dreaded dismissal without prior payment of assigned rights. Alas, this will go up there with "Happy Birthday." which is also protected from unauthorized commercial use.

U.S. Mogul Trump Seeks to Trademark 'You're Fired!'
Published: March 18, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. fast food firm Wendy's asked diners ``Where's the beef?,'' and Nike commanded sports nuts to ``Just do it.'' Now Donald Trump is seeking to trademark another pithy phrase: ``You're fired!''

The real-estate mogul and reality TV star has filed a trademark application for the phrase, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Web site.

Known for his gaudy casinos and unusual mane of copper hair, Trump dismisses underlings on the hit TV show ``The Apprentice'' with a curt ``You're fired.''

Trump said he intended to emblazon ``You're Fired'' on games and casino services, and ``You're Fired! Donald J. Trump'' on clothing.

Other tyrannical bosses won't have to alter their vocabulary if the application wins approval, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office official said, as it will only protect those specific uses.

A trademark attorney listed on the application did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The patent office granted 185,000 trademark applications in the last fiscal year. Applications take about a year to process.

Trump might have competition: A search of the PTO's database revealed that three other applications for ``You're fired'' have been filed.

No applications appear to have been filed for ``You're outsourced,'' however.

Gulcrapek
March 18th, 2004, 10:12 PM
I don't think anybody's really excited on that last one...

BigMac
March 18th, 2004, 10:23 PM
MSNBC
March 18, 2004

‘Apprentice’ star stands by claims of racist treatment

The Associated Press

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Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth says she was racially insulted by other "Apprentice" contestants.

Fired “Apprentice” Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth — hated by some of her fellow cast members — got plenty of love Thursday at Ebony magazine’s awards luncheon.

Manigault-Stallworth, a guest, received hugs, kisses and requests for photos at the fifth annual event, which honors outstanding women in marketing and communications.

Among the honorees were CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver, BET Nightly News anchor Jacque Reid and television producer Suzanne de Passe.

Manigault-Stallworth, who was “fired” on March 4, was the most polarizing of the 16-member cast, frequently arguing with some of the other women on the NBC reality show, in which contestants vie for real estate mogul Donald Trump’s favor and “the dream job of a lifetime” as his yearlong protege.

After her “firing,” the 30-year-old claimed former contestant Ereka Vetrini had called her the “n-word.” Vetrini has vigorously denied the allegation, as have executive producers Mark Burnett and Trump.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Manigault-Stallworth, a former political consultant, said her experience showed the problems of racism in corporate America.

“Both of those gentlemen weren’t there, so I find it ironic that they would be so emphatic that something did not happen.”

Vetrini has noted that contestants are taped constantly, and had such an incident occurred, it would have been caught on tape.

“Believe me, I know what I experienced,” Manigault-Stallworth said. “Those women called me every name in the book on-camera. Imagine what they did off-camera. Imagine what they would say in the corridors.”

Still, Manigault-Stallworth said she watches the show, which will end with a live two-hour finale on April 15. “I may be the black sheep of that family, but I’m certainly a part of that family.”

Manigault-Stallworth is negotiating a book deal and a talk show, and is interested in doing political commentary for the upcoming presidential election.

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press

Gulcrapek
March 18th, 2004, 10:37 PM
Someone needs to tell her to f*ck off. She tried twisting words on the show to make things seem racist; one incident I recall was someone (maybe Ereka) arguing with her and using the expression "pot calling the kettle black". Omarosa was like "What's that you said about black people? Please, try to withold your prejudice." And she acted all victimized and crap and it was so dumb.

I couldn't stand her on the show and now she's irritating me off the show.

NYatKNIGHT
March 19th, 2004, 10:26 AM
She's delusional. I can't see anyone believing her.

TonyO
March 19th, 2004, 11:24 AM
No one would believe her, she had a near breakdown on the last episode when she knew things weren't going her way. I'm sure she will be another icon to everyone who cries racism...but all you need to do is watch her in action and see her manipulating people.

Clarknt67
March 19th, 2004, 11:38 AM
Someone needs to tell her to f*ck off. She tried twisting words on the show to make things seem racist; one incident I recall was someone (maybe Ereka) arguing with her and using the expression "pot calling the kettle black". Omarosa was like "What's that you said about black people? Please, try to withold your prejudice." And she acted all victimized and crap and it was so dumb.

I couldn't stand her on the show and now she's irritating me off the show.

Yeah, that was on the clip show last night, it was pretty lame to call that comment racist.

More of her annoying self her: http://www.gawker.com/archives/omarosa_seriously_shes_really_nice_013972.php

BigMac
March 27th, 2004, 10:26 AM
New York Daily News
March 27, 2004

Fire That Sign, City Tells Trump

By LISA FLEISHER and OWEN MORITZ

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Donald Trump adorns a huge - and illegal - banner that hangs outside his tower on Fifth Ave.

What's $10,000 in fines to a millionaire?

When you're Donald Trump, apparently not much.

The Donald faces up to $10,000 in penalties for draping an illegal sign across posh Trump Tower to promote his hit television show, the city Buildings Department said yesterday.

But Trump was noncommittal about when or even if he would remove the 450-square-foot sign from the tower's 725 Fifth Ave. entrance.

"Let's see what happens," he said yesterday from Florida.

Trump called the sign "the biggest tourist attraction in New York" and like the show, "New York should appreciate it instead of fighting it."

The sign bearing a preening picture of Trump promotes his NBC show, "The Apprentice," and carries his signature phrase: "You're Fired."

And Trump is having a banner year.

But even an apprentice knows you need a permit to erect a sign bigger than 200 square feet on Fifth Ave., the department noted. The building's owner, Trump Tower Commercial LLC, did not obtain a permit.

The company, which after a hearing could face up to $2,500 in fines on each of four violations, was ordered to take down the sign.

It's a big victory for Trump Tower's neighbors, upscale boutiques such as Van Cleef and Arpels and Prada, which had complained through the prestigious Fifth Avenue Association about the billboard-sized banner.

The sign's smaller type says thank you to the City of New York, although Thursday night's show was taped in Atlantic City.

A department official said the take-down order will be filed with the Secretary of State in Albany.

Outside the building, congregating tourists thought it a shame the sign was coming down, while a couple of passing New Yorkers opined that the show was "stupid" and "not close to reality" about finding a job.

"If people are complaining, then tell them to make a hit show and then they could put up their own sign," said Carissa Jergensen, 22, of Baltimore.

Copyright 2004 Daily News, L.P.

NewYorkYankee
March 27th, 2004, 02:38 PM
Me personally? I love this show, I watch and tape it every time so I can watch it again :lol: I love the views of the city and I like to see how they handle the tasks. And although the show MAY NOT (Im not sure if ti is or not) be realistic I still find it entertaining. And isnt that watch Television is supposed to be?

TonyO
April 5th, 2004, 05:22 PM
Any guesses as who is going to win? There are four left: Amy, Nick, Bill and Kwame.

I would guess Bill. Amy and Nick are gong to self-destruct and Kwame is not seasoned enough.

Archit_K
April 5th, 2004, 06:40 PM
I agree with tonyo. Bill all the way.

Gulcrapek
April 5th, 2004, 07:18 PM
I guess Bill too. Kwame definitely doesn't seem like the man for the job. He's come out a bit in the last two shows, but I think he's too quiet/not aggressive enough.

NYatKNIGHT
April 6th, 2004, 10:48 AM
My guess is it will go down to Bill and Amy, and I can't decide who would win, but Bill is as good a guess as any.

How about that penthouse in the Trump World Tower? Pretty awesome. I know one of the women who booked it, it was shocking to see her on t.v.! She is an events planner. Also, the fight between Heidi and Omarosa about whether or not to have lunch happened right around the corner from where I live. I was looking for me in the background. Hopefully we'll see some of the filming over the summer for the next season.

nycanyons
April 13th, 2004, 01:07 PM
What a great show, too bad it's going to end.

I'd be shocked if Kwame wins this thing over Bill, but I guess it all depends on how they perform on the given task.

I heard they signed the show for 2 more seasons, so hopefully those will be at least half as great as this one was.

Gulcrapek
April 15th, 2004, 11:09 PM
Yay! :lol:

That post-decision thingy was real nice. It's weird but I had this feeling of family when I saw it... like I'd really gotten to know those people. And in the good way, mostly, as opposed to the other crap shows where people backstab each other and yada yada yada.

Kwame will be in high demand; I'd be surprised if he doesn't get 3 high level job propositions by tomorrow afternoon. Bill's got his work cut out for him, and appropriate for here, it's on a skyscraper. :lol:

BigMac
April 15th, 2004, 11:10 PM
Newsday
April 15, 2004

You're Hired!

Bill Rancic is 'The Apprentice'

Associated Press

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Bill Rancic

Kwame was fired. Bill is hired.

"The Apprentice" came to its much-anticipated climax Thursday when Donald Trump chose Bill Rancic, the street-smart 32-year-old Internet entrepreneur from Chicago, to be his apprentice for the next year.

"Kwame, I think you have an amazing future," said Trump. "You're a brilliant guy, great education, and I have no doubt you're going to be a big success. But right now, Bill, you're hired."

Rancic edged out fellow finalist Kwame Jackson, the laid-back 29-year-old New Yorker and Harvard MBA, for the Trump-described "dream job of a lifetime" and its $250,000 salary.

Rancic will get to return home to Chicago to manage the construction of a hotel and residential tower.

"Don't worry, you're going to have plenty of supervision of that building, I don't care if you're president or not," Trump told him. "I'll be the one supervising."

The decision closed out a two-hour showdown for the hit NBC reality competition. Billionaire developer Trump, the host, put 16 would-be apprentices through numerous business tasks -- then, in the boardroom, "fired" someone at the end of each episode.

For his final assignment, Bill was put in charge of a Trump golf tournament, while Kwame handled an appearance by pop star Jessica Simpson at one of Trump's Atlantic City casino hotels.

Each "boss" was teamed with three "employees": previously fired "Apprentice" candidates who, possibly still nursing grudges, sometimes seemed as much a hindrance as a help.

Thanks to Bill's team, a vital sponsor's sign went missing.

Thanks to Omarosa on Kwame's team, Jessica Simpson went missing. Then disappeared again, while Trump tapped his foot.

When was an apprentice ever made the president of a company right away? And how can 15 people be fired when they were never hired in the first place? Those are questions that may never be answered.

But the boardroom summits with Trump, where he pronounced "you're fired" amid even more exchanged glances than you'd find in the squad room of "NYPD Blue," helped make "The Apprentice" a sensation since its January premiere.

Created by Mark Burnett, who brought "Survivor" to the airwaves, "The Apprentice" trades on a similar survival-of-the-fittest strategy.

"It's not a game," Trump declares. "It's a 13-week job interview."

Viewers have flocked for the bravura display of competitive greed and backstabbing. Another draw, perhaps: the eight female contestants were attractive and tended to wear short skirts.

"The Apprentice" has launched Trump into stratospheric new heights of renown. Not only has he dined out on the catch phrase "you're fired" (and threatened to copyright it), he scored deals for a Trump-brand credit card and as a celebrity spokesman for a telecommunications company.

Two weeks ago he was guest host on "Saturday Night Live" and has agreed to come back for a new edition of "The Apprentice" next season, reportedly at a substantial pay raise.

Meanwhile, the show has had several breakout characters, chief among them Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who's beautiful, scheming and cantankerous. Her feigned martyrdom from falling plaster on one episode earned her the ultimate pop-culture salute: She was spoofed on "Saturday Night Live."

Suspected hanky-panky between two other rivals, Nick Warnock and Amy Henry, has also added to the fun.

Whatever the reasons, "The Apprentice" has been a huge hit, last week ranking second in viewers, with 22 million -- even edging out CBS' "Survivor: All-Stars." It ranks seventh for the season to date, according to Nielsen.

Taking a page from CBS' playbook on publicizing "Survivor," NBC blanketed its schedule with "Apprentice" promotions, especially on its news shows. "Apprentice" stories were set for "Dateline NBC" the day before and after Thursday's finale.

And "coverage" on Thursday's "Today" show included an appearance by a CNBC business analyst with her forecast of the winner. She predicted Kwame, whom she described as "charismatic," "coachable" and a "complement" to Trump's style. Trump, of course, was on hand at "Today," too, along with his "You're fired!" punch line.

Copyright 2004 Newsday, Inc.

NYatKNIGHT
April 16th, 2004, 11:15 AM
Once again, incredible shots of the New York skyline, especially at the beginning. Very entertaining finale. What a job for Bill - a skyscraper!