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December 16, 2005

Reality TV Dickhead of the Year

I didn't mind Randall on The Apprentice. I didn't think he or Rebecca, his cute, spunky competitor, were stand-out stars, but neither was either incompetent or objectionable as a person.


Trump began tipping his hand that he was inclined favorably to both candidates early in the finale. I began to wonder if he would offer both jobs. Maybe both wouldn't be officially "The Apprentice," but both would wind up with essentially the same contract from Trump.

At the end of the show, Trump gave the nod to Randall. Randall made more sense on paper (better education, better experience), but hadn't done an especially good job on the show, especially in its later half. It wasn't surprising Trump picked him.

But then Trump asked Randall if, in Randall's opinion, Trump should hire Rebecca as well. All he had to do was say, "She's a great person who'd work well in your organization," and Trump would have offered her a job as well. He said as much later.

But Randall, selfish as sin, told Trump that there is only one Apprentice, not two "Apprenti," and so that Rebecca shouldn't also be offered the job.

Deferring to the winner (which makes some sense-- he did kinda win), Trump didn't make the offer, though he did say that a good word from Randall would have increased the nation's jobs creation figures by one.

Randall won; he was officially the Apprentice. He had a nice one-year contract at a prominent company and all the press one could wish. But he couldn't stand the idea of sharing any of the limelight.

Well, now he will be known as a major-league asshole. The guy who, with one word, given a job to a friendly rival with little cost to himself, but chose instead to deny her that.

That audience booed, feeling as betrayed as Rebecca must have, and as Randal jogged to the end of the stage to wave at the crowd, he was facing a group that had lost some of their respect for him; their clapping and cheering was subdued, and boos were still audible.

Rebecca just shook Trump’s hand and said, “That’s unfortunate.”

Randall's probably regretting his decision right now. So, for that matter, is Trump.

Thanks to Chickpea.

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posted by Ace at 10:37 AM

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