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Celebrity Apprentice 2012: Dayana Mendoza And Lisa Lampanelli Create Tension!

Updated on April 18, 2013

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In the episode of Celebrity Apprentice 2012 that aired on television April 29, words between two female cast members led to the tensest boardroom this season!

Comic Lisa Lampanelli and Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, two Forte team members, started working civilly with one another at the start of the task to create a jingle. The women, however, were shouting at one another across the boardroom table in the final minutes of the show. Donald Trump listened to the arguments of both women before determining who on team Forte he would fire this week.

Dayana Mendoza (left) and Lisa Lampanelli
Dayana Mendoza (left) and Lisa Lampanelli | Source

The Boardroom

Lampanelli and Mendoza were two of the three members of team Forte, along with Clay Aiken. The task this week was to create a jingle for Good Sam Roadside Assistance. The team lost the task against team Unanimous, which put the three celebrities in the boardroom in front of Trump at the end of the episode. Mendoza had been the project manager of team Forte.

Tension could be cut with a knife between the two women as they discussed who Trump should send home for the loss of the challenge. Aiken rarely entered into the conversation. The voices of both women rose as they explained two ways of seeing what had caused their team to lose the task; each woman argued that she found it difficult to work with the other woman.

Lisa Lampanelli

Lampanelli had a lot to say.
Lampanelli had a lot to say. | Source

The Arguments

Mendoza said that she found Lampanelli to be hostile toward her and a very strong personality. Mendoza also explained that she had offered to help the comedian with the lyrics for the jingle but had been turned away. While working on the project, she invited Lampanelli to sit beside her to share the laptop to work on the lyrics. Mendoza said to Trump she was frustrated that while she tried to lead the team her suggestions on the music and presentation were turned down time and time again.

Lampanelli said that she turned Mendoza down for the lyric writing because she did not have good ideas. The tension grew in the boardroom as Lampanelli also said that Mendoza did not have a good handle on American music. Earlier in the task, for example, Mendoza had suggested a Duran Duran style of music for the 60's music theme of the team. Not even the same decade of music!

Lampanelli also said that Mendoza did not know how to rhyme as she thought that the word "sam" rhymed with "track". Lampanelli explained that she did not know why Mendoza volunteered to be project manager for this task given her lack of music knowledge. The professional comedian also said that she had no respect for Dayana Mendoza. The words were no joke to either woman.

Mendoza Gets Fired

Donald Trump listened at the table to the ladies speak and also asked Aiken his views on Mendoza's performance in the task. Aiken said that while he did not agree with the phrasing that Lampanelli used as she spoke to Mendoza, he did agree with the information.

As is the nature of Celebrity Apprentice, Trump must fire at least one celebrity at the end of each television episode. For the April 29 episode, Trump turned to Mendoza and said, "You're fired."

Mendoza left Trump Towers and the show by private car; she spoke to the camera while sitting in the back seat. She said she did not know why some people had to be so mean and that they needed to remember that the show is about earning money for each celebrity's chosen charity.

Just one more question: What word rhymes with "You're fired"??!

Donald Trump fires Dayana Mendoza. So ends another week.
Donald Trump fires Dayana Mendoza. So ends another week. | Source

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Chuck, I totally agree about wanting stand-out people with live personalities. Nothing worse than shows where we are not interested in the characters. They don't make it to Season 2!

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      Chuck Bluestein 

      6 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Lisa Lampanelli has no respect for anyone since she has no respect for herself. I feel that Trump does not want only calm, nice people on his show since it would be too boring. He likes to have some insane people on his show to create excitement. Also he likes attractive women so he makes sure to have them on his show as well. Nothing is wrong with that.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @teaches, the celebrities really are taking the tasks seriously in light of the charities they support and also as the show relates to their careers. Let's see what happens! Thanks for your comment and taking time to read.

      @Marc, no need to hide how you really feel! Hehe. Thanks for the comment!

      @vivasuzi, It will be interesting to see how far Lisa goes in the series. I wonder if Aubrey will go far too?

      @FalconSays, A fellow CA viewer is great to have! Thanks for the compliment :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Wow, the heat is generating such great interest on this show! People continue to amaze me with their actions regarding business. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marc Babineau profile image

      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      I just can't stand that Lisa! She is a demented soul!

    • vivasuzi profile image


      6 years ago from Somewhere in Michigan

      Lisa is hostile. She has no reason to be so mean to Diana. Yes Diana doesn't have the skills to do all the things on the show, but she at least tries and is friendly all the time. I wonder if Lisa will look back at this and feel bad for the way she treated her.

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      Karen S Falcon 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love C.A. :-) Cool hub


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