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Richard Hatch Pushes David Cassidy Around on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 7th 2011 10:45AM
Richard Hatch pushes David Cassidy, 'Celebrity Apprentice'New competition, but apparently it's going to be the same old Richard Hatch. Utilizing the same aggressive, manipulative and controlling techniques that won him the first season of 'Survivor,' Hatch came into 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Sunday, 9PM ET on NBC) with both barrels blazing.

He volunteered to be the first project manager for the men's team, and then allowed a minor pushing scuffle with fellow contestant David Cassidy to escalate into a boardroom blowout.

"Did you push, as an example, David off? Physically push him," Donald Trump asked Hatch.

"Not physically, intentionally ever," Hatch answered carefully.

Our favorite bit came after Cassidy told his side of the story: "It wasn't until you physically poked me that I said that Richard I need to say something to you. Please don't touch me. You pushed me, twice."

"I'm not denying it," Hatch said calmly, seconds before Jose Canseco burst into a "Hulk Smash!"-level rage.

"If you're saying you didn't strike him you're a liar, and I'll call you a liar to your face!" Canseco said, ranting on for a bit.

"That's where your lack of intelligence shines," Hatch said. "I'm not saying I didn't."

In the end, aggression won out over sensitivity, as Cassidy was sent packing. But that means Canseco and Hatch will live to face off again. Are you loving the hate already on this season of 'Celebrity Apprentice'?

Do you think Hatch should have gone home?

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Nadine Lumley

Trump knew going in to the boardroom he was going to fire David Cassidy. Trump is the one that first brought up his made-up point that hey, David, you're complaining about being manhandled, doesn't that embarras you? Which I think is out to lunch, you can't allow someone like Richard to put their hands on someone, unless you're looking for a lawsuit. Also Richard was very deliberately mean to David, you can see it's all done on purpose as David wasn't doing anything to warrant that kind of attack. Sounds like Richard and Trump knew going in they were going to get rid of Cassidy. Did they cook it up or it happened organically, we'll never know.

None of it makes sense b/c remember when John Rich took umbrage at being called a "boy" and was outraged about it..., and Trump was sympathetic to the outrage.

Bottom line is the decisions that are made are nonsensical and have more to do with ratings and men and a few women Donald wants to hang out with or who he wants to be friends with or who he thinks are his friends or whoever bribes him.

p.s. The Donald is NOT a billionaire but he does have money, about 500 million. Nothing to sneeze at but Donald running around pretending to be a billionaire is beyond pathetic.

May 25 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought that big fat pig Hatch was in jail! David, KNOCK THE CRAP OUT OF HIM!

March 08 2011 at 8:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I do not think Trump should have kept Hatch any manager who physically touches a person he is in charge of should be fired. It could lead to costly court actions. And Trump should know this. This country excuses bullies by saying it wasn't bad or no real damage, the things he said to Mr. Cassidy were a bullies arsonal of demeaning and hurtful words. I will not watch this season. Hatch was not man enough to say he was sorry ,Or admit to what he did do. A bully hides behind lies and you reward those lies Mr. Trump.

March 08 2011 at 4:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

As far as the offensive act is concerned, Hatch did not strike Cassidy, he moved him, much like a parent or adult would move a child. He put his hands on his arms and guided him out of the way. If Cassidy had been any other man, he would have gotten angry, right then and there. His lack of immediate response left the impression that Cassidy tolerates being treated as a child. I think Trump objected to that. He also objected to the fact that Cassidy was offended by an act that was not aggressive or hostile. It was an act of disrespect and arrogance, but it was not violence, which is how you characterize bullying. Hatch did not bully Cassidy, he disrespected him, not a capital offense. It is obvious that Trump thinks conflict and drama is good television. He begs for it in the boardroom, pointedly challenging players to express their dislike and disdain for others, even going so far as to put words into their mouths and exaggerate their feelings. I do not agree that drama and conflict is good television, and I do not agree that Hatch should have been kept in the show. Cassidy may be a pansy, but fair is fair, and Hatch was the project manager. When his team lost, he should have been fired.

March 08 2011 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also, Cassidy first said Hatch poked him and then, that he pushed him. There is a big difference between the two - and really, a grown man is whining about a poke? Geeesh. That being said, clearly Mr. Trump wanted the more aggressive players to stay - makes for better TV - we love the fights, don't we?

March 08 2011 at 1:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe I've working with rougher, tougher people too long, but after reviewing the interactions between Hatch and Cassidy, I really dont see a push or a shove or anything outwardly aggressive by Hatch. He was rude, surely at times, but I did not see a time when he utilized aggressive physical touching - I mean, the way it sounded, it was like Cassidy got thrown to the ground. In fact, in one instance, Cassidy actually put his hand on Hatch's arm (maybe shoulder?) first and then, came back at Hatch when he did the same.

March 08 2011 at 1:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

simple...Hatch will bring in more ratings than David,that's what it's all about folks (I think Hatch hould have gone,after al,l he WAS project manager )

March 08 2011 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Roxie Vaughn

i was looking forward to watching celebrity apprentice.i love this show.now i thought for sure hatch was going to be fired.i could not believe the ending! you are absolutely right...trump kept him on for ratings! it's all fake,just like the other so called reality shows..i will never watch celebrity apprentice again...

March 12 2011 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

richard hatch is a big bully, if he would of treated me like he did david cassidy, he would be laying on the floor for his actions!!!!
donald should of fired richard!!!!!!!! that wasnt fair to fire david. richard is a much better and bigger man than that big animal richard is. the bigger they are, the quicker they fall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! richard, i think ur fatt and ugly!!!!!!!

March 07 2011 at 10:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

donald as true to your shitty ways you are a pig you forgot that all men do not have put up a big bad fighting way david was more a man than u will ever be people that kiss your fat yes fat ass only do it out of fear you are a sad sad thing yes thing your carma will come at you in a hundred fold do you realy think you can be president you are alice in wonder land you walked over too many backes

March 07 2011 at 9:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Cassidy is a whining wimp. If someone pushes you, you stand up and say, "What are you doing, take your hands off me!" At which point Hatch or whoever says, "I'm sorry" and its over. That's how men do it. Jose is obviously suffering steroid rage flashbacks. His reactions totally inappropriate. OK Hatch was a bit gruff. But wait til you see some of the others try organizing and directing this whacky group.

March 07 2011 at 8:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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