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September 1, 2015


Ivanka Trump: Rod Blagojevich's Prison Sentence Was Too Harsh (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Dec 8th 2011 4:15PM
Ivanka Trump is sticking up for disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who on Wednesday was sentenced to 14 years in prison on corruption charges. Blagojevich was a contestant on the last season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' and during his sentencing, the judge admonished him for appearing on the reality show while he was out on bail.

On 'Good Day New York,' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) Ivanka said the sentence was too harsh. "Fourteen years seems pretty excessive ... that is one stiff penalty. We'll see what happens, but I am definitely thinking of his family at this point," she told Greg Kelly.

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Rod Blagojevich Gets Fired on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 5th 2010 3:12AM
Celebrity Apprentice, Rod Blagojevich fired Rod Blagojevich may be a good talker, but not good enough to talk his way out of getting fired on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 9PM ET on NBC).

"Governor, I have great respect for you," said Donald Trump. "I have great respect for your tenacity, for the fact that you just don't give up. But Rod, you're fired."

He may not give up, but it's not the first time Blagojevich has been let go from a job.

Watch the video after the jump.

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The Fall of 'The Apprentice'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:58PM

While watching the two-hour (read: interminable) debut of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' on Sunday night, I was trying to figure out if Cyndi Lauper is out of this show's league, or vice versa. Maybe I'm thinking about leagues because of all the previews for the new Jay Baruchel movie, but for some reason that's how the question phrased itself in my head. Has Cyndi Lauper really sunk this low?

'The Apprentice' used to be an A-list show when it debuted in 2004. Remember? It was a serious competitive reality show that was nominated for Emmys against shows like 'Survivor' and 'The Amazing Race', and for cinematography -- in other words, the gorgeous New York skyline shots that peppered the episodes. Back then, people watched the show and compared the tasks and the competitors to their own workplace.

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Rod Blagojevich Jokes Around on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 15th 2010 2:50AM
Celebrity Apprentice, Rod BlagojevichSomehow, we don't think Rod Blagojevich being on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 9PM ET on NBC) is going to do him any favors. There's been too many late night talk show jokes and 'Saturday Night Live' skits for this guy to be anything but a joke.

"I was thinking how nice it was to be able to be part of this sort of healthy camaraderie between a bunch of guys who are now on the same team," he said. "Coming out of politics and government, it's a whole new experience."

Well, not really. Watch your back, Rod. The last man standing wins.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Celebrity Apprentice 2': Who Will Win?

by Chris Jordan, posted Mar 11th 2010 4:00PM
Fired up for a new season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? Fourteen celebs -- of varying levels of celebrity-dom -- are working for a bonus of $250,000 to be donated to a charity of their choice. And maybe a chance to spark up a little interest in their careers, too.

Business mogul Donald Trump will do the firing once again, aided by son Donald Trump Jr., daughter Ivanka Trump and long-time adviser George H. Ross on this third season of 'Celebrity Apprentice.' The teams, incidentally, are divided by sex.

The action starts 9 PM ET Sunday on NBC. Before then, we've studied the field and calibrated who the likely winner will be.

See for yourself after the jump.

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'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Will Include Rod Blagojevich

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 4th 2010 2:35PM
Before he becomes The Defendant, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich may become 'The Celebrity Apprentice.' According to The Los Angeles Times, Blagojevich will be allowed to compete in Donald Trump's latest season of 'Celebrity,' within months of a scheduled appearance in federal court.

"Blago" was an 'Apprentice' question mark until confirmation came from NBC today. The coiffed pol was not allowed to compete in NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here' last year, as it would have required Blagojevich -- who is facing corruption charges -- to leave the country (Costa Rica, to be exact). Instead, Patti Blagojevich --merely married to a celebrity, you could say -- became an "I'm a Celebrity ... " contestant and finished fourth.

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'Celebrity Apprentice 3' Cast Revealed

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 19th 2009 11:13AM
The Donald tried to keep it hush-hush, but The New York Post has revealed the cast of Donald Trump's next edition of the 'Celebrity Apprentice.' 'Rock of Love' star Bret Michaels, 'America's Got Talent' judge and Osbourne mama Sharon Osbourne, pop star Cyndi Lauper, former pro baseball star Darryl Strawberry and scandal-plagued former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich top the list.

Well, not so fast, Mr. Governor ...

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Rod Blagojevich to Join 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? Who Will Reality TV Claim Next?

by Andrew Scott, posted Oct 12th 2009 2:00PM
Rod Blagojevich'The Celebrity Apprentice' has hired Rod Blagojevich, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

According to a source close to Blagojevich's team, the former Illinois governor -- who has been accused of trying to sell or trade Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat -- will make an appearance on the show's upcoming ninth season (premiering this spring), although no word yet on whether he will actually compete.

"NBC doesn't comment on casting until there's an official announcement to be made," an NBC spokesperson said.

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Blago not done with reality TV, our sanity

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 9th 2009 7:07PM
Rod BlagojevichIf you thought Rod Blagojevich was done with television after the I'm a Celebrity debacle, then you don't know Rod.

An unidentified source close to team Blago confirmed that the ousted Illinois governor will compete on the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

Of course, NBC wouldn't confirm the info until the network makes an official announcement or maybe it just didn't want to come to terms with the fact that are giving the human spotlight once more chance on TV. I'm sure it's the first one.

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NBC says all Blagojevichs are the same, casts one for I'm a Celebrity

by Jason Hughes, posted May 21st 2009 3:49PM
Patti & Rod BlagojevichNow that Saturday Night Live is off the air, what's the fun in former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich doing anything if we can't have it made fun of on "Weekend Update?" The biggest douchebag in the Midwest, and I can say that because I live there, wasn't allowed to join Sanjaya on NBC's summer reality show because of that whole legal matter. So NBC, proving how "FOX-y" they can be, have now signed Mrs. Rod Blagojevich to join I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here this summer.

Now, I support the decision to not allow Rod there because he'd either be taking hits out on fellow celebrities (wait a minute ... Sanjaya will be there) or he'd just disappear altogether. But in an era where getting rejected by a bachelor can make you a "Star" worthy of Dancing, it still boggles my mind that being married to a jackass is enough. We don't know anything about Patti Blagojevich except for her terrible taste in men. Kristen Wiig hasn't even developed an impression of her and now she's going to be on a major summer reality show?

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Judge says 'whoa' to Blago's show, but does that stop him? Hell no

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 24th 2009 6:07PM
Rod Blagovejich promoting Part of me is pleased that a federal court judge told the former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to stay put when NBC asked him to join their latest celebrity grovel-fest.

He's continuing to grab any media time he can long after the media forgot how to pronounce his last name by promoting the new I'm a Celebrity...Get Me a New Agent Out of Here. And despite my convictions to the contrary, another part of me wishes he would get more.

Mind you, this is the very dark part of me that giggles when elderly people fall and wishes there was a semi-pro "Scarin' Babies League."

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Blagojevich joining reality show...and it's not Cops

by Danny Gallagher, posted Apr 15th 2009 10:02AM
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich

When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was finally indicted and impeached, I breathed a sigh of relief and hoped that would be the last we would ever see of him.

Then I heard he might be coming back to haunt my TV like the ghost of an angry relative, and the nerves in my whole body stiffened. Would we once again have to spend all of our remaining TV time dodging the naysaying and the placating and the denying that is the Rod Blagojevich variety hour?

Then when I heard he was going to be on an NBC reality show, I again breathed a sigh of relief, comforted by the fact that no one would see him.

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Why Blagojevich needs to stay the hell away from my TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 5th 2009 8:01AM
When then Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich decided to forgo his own impeachment hearing to ride the media train up and down the dial, I figured it would last one or two, maybe three days tops.

Then a few nights ago, Blagojevich and his hair appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to clear his name, which is hard to ask people to do when they can't even say it without spraining their tongue.

Blagojevich's appearance on Letterman crossed a line that shouldn't even had to have been drawn for him. And now, he must be stopped.

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The chair recognizes Senator Winfrey of Illinois

by Richard Keller, posted Jan 26th 2009 2:12PM

OprahGovernor Blagojevich is nuts. Blame it on his flimsy grasp of reality or his hard-hat like haircut, the current (for how long, who knows) governor of Illinois is not quite there. How do we know this? Well, rather than appearing at his own impeachment trial he's decided to let the good citizens of the U.S. know that he's being railroaded by his own government via various media outlets.

The other determining factor on his nuttiness...he was considering naming Oprah Winfrey as Barack Obama's replacement to the U.S. Senate. Now, while Oprah is a respectable personality who has done much good for people around the globe, she is in no way qualified to become a U.S. Senator. I know that some of you Oprahites would heartily disagree with this, but even you know, deep down inside, that giving Oprah a Senate seat would not be a good idea.

And, frankly, I think Oprah would agree with you.

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The NY senator, a nanny named Fran? - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 8:38AM
Fran DEveryone who has been laughing at the idea of Fran Drescher taking over Hillary Clinton's Senate seat for the state of New York, you can stop laughing now. It's not that wild an idea, not when you consider that Fred Grandy -- Gopher from The Love Boat -- was a Congressman from Iowa, and pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was the Governor of Minnesota, and there's a really good chance that Saturday Night Live alum Al Franken (remember Stuart Smalley?) has won the Senate seat for Minnesota, too. (They're still recounting the votes!)

Oh, and let's not forget the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger from the great state of California. In other words, why not Senator Fran Drescher!

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