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100 Most Powerful Celebrities List: Which TV Stars Made the Cut?

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 19th 2011 8:00AM
Bethenny FrankelForbes has published its annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities List, and this year it contains a few shockers: Oprah's been knocked off the top spot, there's a teenager in the Top 3, and reality star Bethenny Frankel makes the cut.

Oprah Winfrey's ceded poll position to Lady Gaga, despite earning roughly three times as much.

Gaga's moved up from No. 4 on the list, which measures celebrity power through a combination of entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.

Although 'Forbes' estimated Gaga's earnings in the last year as $90 million -- as opposed to Oprah's mighty $290 million -- it also noted the huge importance of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.

'Forbes' editor Dorothy Pomerantz explained that, "Lady Gaga beat Oprah this year because of her social media power. She can use Twitter and Facebook to work the 'little monsters' into a frenzy that leads to record sales and media attention. She's the best example of how celebrities will need to manage their careers in the coming years."

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Donald Trump: I Will Not Run For President

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 16th 2011 8:10AM
Donald TrumpUPDATE May 16: Donald Trump told audiences at NBC's 2011 Upfront Presentations that he will not run for president.

If Donald Trump does throw decide his hat into the ring as an official 2012 Presidential candidate, he'll lose his place at the 'Apprentice' boardroom table. NBC President Bob Greenblatt has announced that the show will go on without Trump at the helm.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Greenblatt said that, although the network hopes to have Trump back for the next season, "If he decides to run and is unavailable to do the show, we will bring the show back and someone else will be sitting at the head of the board table."

However, Greenblatt wouldn't be drawn on who Trump's replacement could be. (Gary Busey, anyone?) "Who that is, we're not going to really entertain, because I'm still hoping we'll have Donald back in the seat."

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'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 4, Episode 11 Recap

by Katy Kroll, posted May 16th 2011 5:20AM
['The Celebrity Apprentice' - 'Retro Rumble']

After three stars went home last week, it was down to the final four on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' -- and it was another jam-packed episode as two more hopefuls were sent packing just shy of the finale.

With John Rich, Marlee Matlin, Meat Loaf and Lil Jon still standing at the beginning of the episode, Donald Trump brought in past winners Bret Michaels, Joan Rivers and Piers Morgan to help him weed out the final two with an intensive interview process.

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Double Firing Reveals the Top Two Contestants on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 16th 2011 4:14AM
Final Four, 'Celebrity Apprentice'In the penultimate episode of 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 9PM ET on NBC), four would become the final two. To help him make this tough decision, Donald Trump brought back three recent winners.

Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan and Bret Michaels assisted by interviewing the final four and served as advisors to Trump in his biggest decision yet. In fact, he did the firings before the challenge, based almost entirely on their tips.

A key moment for one of this week's eliminated contestants in the interviews came when asked about who would make it into the finale.

"My three winners hated your answer when they asked you who should be in the finals and you didn't say yourself," Trump told this person before firing them. Who didn't believe in themself?

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NeNe Leakes' Friends Say She Was Right to Quit 'Celebrity Apprentice'

by PopEater Staff, posted May 11th 2011 6:00AM
NeNe LeakesAfter weeks of battling with Star Jones, NeNe Leakes controversially walked out of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Sunday night. Now, with celebrities and others lobbing the racist label at Donald Trump, NeNe's friends say that quitting the show in the shocking -- and low-rated -- episode, was a smart, principled move.

"Everything will ultimately work out for NeNe," said a friend of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' star. "In the long run she was much better off to quit and walk away than get a job with Donald Trump."

It should be noted that each celebrity is playing to raise money for their charity rather than get a job within Trump's organization. It should also be noted that the 'Celebrity Apprentice' we're seeing on Sundays was taped months ago, before The Donald's now-floundering bid for the White House and string of attacks on President Obama that many believe reek of racism.

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Albert Brooks Riffs on the Swarzeneggers, Barbara Walters, and the Future on 'The View' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 10th 2011 7:15PM
Albert Brooks on 'The View'Comedian, filmmaker, actor and author Albert Brooks' new novel is provocatively titled '2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America.' Tuesday on 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) he gave a few predictions and riffed on current news stories, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Maria Shriver break-up (Brooks thinks she gave him an ultimatum: "You do one more of those 'Terminator' movies and I'm outta here').

Brooks was once a great stand-up, and he's quick on his feet. He looked at guest co-host Teri Hatcher and said, "I don't know what she did, but I have never seen Whoopi look more radiant." When Barbara Walters asked what was going to happen in 2030, remarking she wouldn't be there, Brooks reassured her that she would. "You will be here, because I didn't realize how young you were," he said, folding his arms and rolling his eyes.

But the most important question about the future came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Would Donald Trump be president? "I don't know how much I could say 'no' to that," he said. Hopefully, Brooks just saved us all a lot of aggravation.

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NeNe Leakes: I Quit 'Celebrity Apprentice' Because Trump 'Disrespected' Me (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 9th 2011 3:35PM
NeNe Leakes Quit 'Celebrity Apprentice' Because Donald Trump 'Disrespected' HerAccording to NeNe Leakes, she left 'The Celebrity Apprentice' because of Donald Trump's decision to switch her to the men's team as a way to end fighting between she and Star Jones. On 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated), Leakes said she felt "disrespected" by Trump and that this decision was her breaking point.

"The final straw for me was when Mr. Trump decided to switch me, take me out of my comfort zone to accommodate Star. I felt he was disrespecting me," said Leakes.

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Audrina Patridge's Mother, Lynne, Shares an Awkward Kiss With Donald Trump (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 9:15AM
Donald Trump, 'Audrina'Donald Trump appeared on 'Audrina' (Sun., 9PM ET on VH1), and it was both a wonderfully exciting and slightly awkward moment for Audrina Patridge. He appeared very impressed with her, which was good. He wanted to work with her, which was even better.

"Any time you want to do anything, whether it's 'Apprentice,' Trump suggested, "[Or] frankly you could be a judge on Miss Universe. You could help Natalie Morales with the hosting."

Patridge just sat there smiling and in awe at this level of opportunity she was being offered. Co-hosting Miss Universe? Competing on his show? We can't even imagine how amazing that kind of meeting would feel for a 26-year old.

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NeNe Leakes Quits, LaToya Jackson Fired Again on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 8:00AM
Donald Trump, 'Celebrity Apprentice'It was a wild night on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC). In a three-hour episode, there were two Boardrooms and two firings to get through. LaToya Jackson had just returned to the competition last week, becoming the first contestant in the history of the franchise to ever be invited back.

She vowed to prove that she could be more impressive on the men's team, and so Trump placed her there. But before the show could even get to that point, Donald Trump decided to address the constant fighting between NeNe Leakes and Star Jones.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

So he split them up. Trump shifted NeNe over to the men's team and flipped Meat Loaf over to the women's side. Now Team Backbone had both Jackson and Leakes, and both teams were co-ed.

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Star Jones and Meat Loaf Fight, Second Elimination on 'Celebrity Apprentice' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 2:19AM
Team A.S.A.P., 'Celebrity Apprentice'It was a long night of 'Celebrity Apprentice' (Sun., 8PM ET on NBC). It looks like they basically smashed two episodes together into three hours, complete with two challenges for the teams and two Boardroom eliminations.

But, before they even got into any of it, Trump mixed up the teams to separate NeNe Leakes and Star Jones. Team Backbone, which had just picked up LaToya Jackson last week, got Leakes, while Team A.S.A.P. picked up Meat Loaf.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Unfortunately, the new team roster on A.S.A.P. did little to stop the constant bickering. Only now, instead of NeNe and Star going at each other, it was Meat Loaf and Star.

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Tina Fey Returns as Sarah Palin, Darrell Hammond is Donald Trump on 'SNL' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 9th 2011 12:58AM
Tina Fey & Darrell Hammond, 'Saturday Night Live'Tina Fey returned to the stage that made her famous when she hosted 'Saturday Night Live' (Sat., 11:30PM ET on NBC). She hinted about her most famous impression in the opening monologue, and then later she popped on those glasses and Sarah Palin was back!

But Fey didn't return for this 'SNL' take on the recent Republican debate alone. She was joined on stage by impressionist Darrell Hammond doing his classic Donald Trump, as well as the usual cast playing some of the other Republican candidates. But it was Fey and Hammond who stole the show.

"I just hope tonight that the lamestream media won't twist my words by repeating them verbatim," Fey said in character. She took a moment to acknowledge the elimination of one of "the world's great villains," Katie Couric.

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The 5 Best TVR Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted May 7th 2011 12:00PM


It was a wild week at TV Replay, filled with parodies, bad poetry and multiples varieties of hilarity. Here are five our favorite clips; check them out and let us know which you enjoyed the most by voting in the poll below.

Donald Trump didn't have a very good week. After hounding President Obama for his birth certificate on every TV show that would have him, Obama released the official document, skewered Trump at the White House Press dinner, and then took out Osama bin Laden. Jimmy Fallon's Trump impression put a nice bow-tie on the cosmic absurdity of it all.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck dealt with the news of bin Laden's death in her own special way: by writing a 4-line children's poem to explain the news to her young kids. As Nick Zaino wrote at the time, "Caldecott Medal judges, take note."

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Alec Baldwin and Jimmy Fallon Joke about Trump Running for President (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 5th 2011 4:17AM
Alec Baldwin, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Alec Baldwin thinks it's a good thing if Donald Trump runs for the presidency. He talked about it with Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:35AM ET on NBC) and he seemed to think it would be great.

"Trump running for president is a good thing. It's fun," Baldwin said. "Trump winning the presidency, that's a bad thing."

Certainly, it would make for some very lively debates like we got back when Ross Perot was running and earned a spot in the major debates. Considering Fallon does a pretty good Trump impression, 'Late Night' would obviously love it.

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Jimmy Fallon Does Donald Trump, Responds to Bin Laden's Death on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 5:37AM
Jimmy Fallon as Donald Trump, 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'Donald Trump offered congratulations and praise to the president regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden. But Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) knew exactly what Trump really wanted to say about the presidential announcement cutting off the end of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' on Sunday night.

Fallon did a great impression of The Donald, and even had a backdrop similar to the one Obama used to make his announcement. Perhaps it was to emphasize the importance of the situation, and as it turns out, Trump's role in it.

"President Obama is so scared of me and so desperate for attention that he felt the need to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden right in the middle of my show," Fallon said as Trump. "Classic Obama move."

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Jon Stewart Has Fun With Donald Trump's Very Bad Weekend (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted May 3rd 2011 5:20AM
'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart'During Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, President Barack Obama and the event's host Seth Meyers hit Donald Trump with joke after joke, while Trump sat in the audience stony-faced.

Then, on Sunday, President Obama's surprise announcement that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by U.S. special forces preempted Trump's show, 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

On 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central) Jon Stewart tied it all together by saying he'd watched 'Celebrity Apprentice' to see if the "absolute shellacking" of Trump "had left a visible mark."

"I'm watching this 'Apprentice' episode. ... Even though the episode had been taped prior to the Correspondents' Dinner, the demolition of Trump at the Correspondents' Dinner was so thorough I thought it might actually supersede the rules of dimensional time and space and leave a mark on future episodes of 'The Apprentice'."

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