Penn Jillette Gets Fired From The Celebrity Apprentice TV Show for Bad Slogan
The TV Episode
There are episodes of humour, tension, and egos in Season 5 of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice. On the show that aired on April 22, the tension and ego were present among the celebrity contestants; two out of three isn't bad. Speaking of bad (yes Mr. Trump I can segueway), magician Penn Jillette got sent home for creating a slogan that was not very popular.
Penn Jillette Failed At the Task
Each TV episode pushes the two teams of celebrities against one another as they are challenged to get the task assigned by Donald Trump completed better than the other, for a prize of money to the team leader's designated charity. The specific task for the April episode was for each team to compose a marketing display for Trump's new cologne "Success".
As his team Unanimous sat around brainstorming, Jillette almost immediately came up with the slogan that would later get him fired in the boardroom by Trump. Jillette eagerly pitched the line "You earned it" as the tag line for Trump's cologne for men. The rest of the group members agreed, including the team leader or project manager Clay Aiken.
The displays of both teams were judged by two executives who work in association with Macy's retail store, which will sell the cologne. In the boardroom, when Trump sat the contestants around the table to discuss which team won the challenge, he explained to Jillette that the executives did not like the team's slogan for "Success".
You're Fired, Penn Jillette
Donald Trump explained to Jillette and his co-team members that the executives thought the slogan "You earned it" is too pompous in relation to the "Sucess" product name. They did not think that the slogan fit the image of the men's cologne at all or the Trump name.
Jillette sat stone-faced as Trump talked and then he defended his choice of wording. Jillette also explained that while he had come up with the original idea, Aiken was the project manager of Unanimous and had to sign off on all of the decisions made.
Trump explained the executives picked the other team, named Forte, instead as the winner of the task for the week. One member of Unanimous would be sent home.
Jillette, Aiken, and third team member Dayana Mendoza were brought back to the boardroom to determine who would be fired. Trump explained that Jillette pitched the original idea for the slogan and thus the blame rested with him. Part of the reason the team lost the challenge was because the executives did not like the slogan.
Trump said to Jillette, "You're fired."
Jillette left the Trump Towers with his head held high as he sat into the private car to take him away from the show.
There are now six contestants left on the show. With four weeks left until the finale of The Celebrity Apprentice, we will see who comes out on top as the winner!
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