Well, that was quick.
No sooner did I start to settle in to that shuffle of a dance that has become The Apprentice’s trademark over the past 5 years—the posturing, the backstabbing, the footage cleverly edited to make you think things will roll hither when it ends up rolling yon—did the unthinkable happen:
Scott Hamilton made one crushingly boneheaded decision (yep, I said it), and it was enough to get him “fired” from The Celebrity Apprentice in only its second week of the season.
Did you see it coming?
If you read this exit interview Hamilton did with TVGuide.com, maybe you’ll get the feeling—as I did—that he felt a little “done in” from the moment all those other Kings of the Universe (aka Team KOTU) apparently looked to him when pressured to choose a new project manager.
And then, if you saw the show, it would appear that Tom Green might’ve taken care of the rest… except that it arguably wasn’t Green that did Hamilton in as much as it was Hamilton himself. I think I physically winced when he came up with “EEE” as the name of the Zappos cartoon character. And as he himself says in the TV Guide interview, it would have been so simple for someone to just suggest a Z in front; to make it “ZEEE”…
But it was not to be. And if you’ve ever watched any of the Apprentice incarnations, you know that if one fatal project flaw is found, it’s almost guaranteed that flaw’s originator is out the door, no matter how many can attest to the belief that Green acted like a jackass… or that Dennis Rodman didn’t contribute much of anything (which by the way was very untrue, according to Hamilton).
So our Olympic Gold Medalist comes away from this experience too early, but relatively unscathed and widely seen as one of the nicer, calmer presences in the show’s history. What I find ironic about that, though, is that Hamilton used to be the crazy attention-getter of any scenario back in his younger days—isn’t that what I’ve heard from the friend of mine who watched Hamilton grow up on the ice in Bowling Green? Isn’t that what I read, to some degree, with his autobiography Landing It?
Interesting what time, agonizing medical turmoils, and a lot of perspective will do for a fellow.
More thoughts to come on the Hamilton foray into prime-time. For now, in lieu of a Clip of the Day I’m offering this link to Telvision Without Pity, one of my favorite TV recap sites. To read about the episode in harrowing, hilarious detail, you have to check out TWoP!