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'Celebrity Apprentice' Winner: Joan Rivers Beats Annie Duke

by Kim Potts, posted May 11th 2009 11:00AM
Celebrity ApprenticeNewly hired 'Celebrity Apprentice' Joan Rivers gave her bitter rival, 'Apprentice' runner-up Annie Duke, a quick hug after Donald Trump announced he was hiring Rivers and firing Duke in last night's season finale.

But the gesture was likely an empty one, considering that earlier in the padded three-hour finale, Duke proclaimed "This woman needs to die" about Rivers, while the comedienne questioned whether poker champ Duke had ties to the Mafia.

Still, the biggest question surrounding last night's season wrap-up: How did Rivers win, when she raised $150,830 for her charity -- God's Love We Deliver -- while Duke raised a much heftier $465,725 for Refugees International?Newly hired 'Celebrity Apprentice' Joan Rivers gave her bitter rival, 'Apprentice' runner-up Annie Duke, a quick hug after Donald Trump announced he was hiring Rivers and firing Duke in last night's season finale.

But the gesture was likely an empty one, considering that earlier in the padded three-hour finale, Duke proclaimed "This woman needs to die" about Rivers, while the comedienne questioned whether poker champ Duke had ties to the Mafia.

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    Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410489), contact WireImage.com

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    Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410526), contact WireImage.com

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    Melania Trump attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410509), contact WireImage.com

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    Joan Rivers attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410503), contact WireImage.com

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    Donald Trump and Melania Trump attend "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410523), contact WireImage.com

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    Donald Trump and Joan Rivers attend "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410502), contact WireImage.com

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    Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers attend "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. "The Celebrity Apprentice" Season Finale American Museum of Natural History New York, NY United States May 10, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57410488), contact WireImage.com

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    NEW YORK - MAY 10: Dennis Rodman attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Dennis Rodman

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    NEW YORK - MAY 10: Clint Black attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Clint Black

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    NEW YORK - MAY 10: Jill Zarin attends "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale at the at American Museum of Natural History on May 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jill Zarin

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Still, the biggest question surrounding last night's season wrap-up: How did Rivers win, when she raised $150,830 for her charity -- God's Love We Deliver -- while Duke raised a much heftier $465,725 for Refugees International?



Trump gave little explanation for his decision, though the live New York City finale crowd may have played a part, often cheering for Rivers when she spewed venom at Duke, and booing the poker player when she insulted Rivers.

"Your level of strength, your level of energy have just been amazing. You really are a role model for so many people," Trump said about the 75-year-old Rivers, before announcing, "Annie, you're fired. Joan, congratulations."




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