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Annie Duke The Whore Viper ….And Nazi

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Annie Duke
Apr 27 2009 - 11:11am

I am not exactly sure what a whore pit viper is but I hope it becomes the catch phrase of 2009.

This week we were tasked with creating a 4 page advertorial for Right Guard. The teams were 4 on 2 so one of Athena's members needed to be moved over to KOTU. That morning I was sure it would be me. I figured the producers would want to see Joan and me on the same team. Man, was I wrong. Those producers are much, much smarter than I am for sure because the dynamic between me, Brande and Melissa was much more interesting to watch as was the dynamic between Clint and Jesse. Go producers for moving Jesse on over to KOTU. A much better move than I would have made.

So, I will go over KOTU first, then address Athena.

On KOTU, Jesse really knew magazine advertising.  He is an amazing photgrapher and he owns a magazine (called Garage Magazine) and understands the cutting edge of this kind of layout. Jesse and Joan both gave Clint ideas.  Joan came up with a bunch of big black guys hovering around David Lee (a white guy) to show David under pressure.  What the hell? I don't get that and it seems kind of racist. So that idea was promptly rejected. Jesse came up with this idea of David being the new kid on the block with the pressures of New York City to deal with. He drew out an amazing two page spread with David in front of a beautiful cityscape. That is the idea KOTU went with. Good call.

Jesse went out to photograph the cityscape while Clint stayed back to lay out the project. I found the interactions on the team interesting. As far as I could tell, Joan just stayed out of the way once her ideas were rejected and left Clint and Jesse to do all the work. Clint incorporated a lot of Jesse's ideas as well as some of his own. Jesse got pissed that Clint wasn't executing all of Jesse's ideas. Now I am a huge fan of Jesse James. I think he is incredibly talented. I think he is incredibly intelligent. I think he deserves to be in the final two. But in this case, I feel the need to defend Clint Black. Obviously, I wasn't in the room so I am only looking at the edit. But it seemed that Clint was trying really hard to be accommodating of Jesse's ideas and really incorporate them. In fact, the final layout seemed to reflect most of what Jesse wanted. Jesse, though, decided to absent himself from the process at some point. Even when Clint was begging for input, Jesse refused to give him any. In this case I think Jesse let his personal feelings about Clint (he clearly doesn't like him) to get in the way of being a team player. Had the team lost, I would have actually thought Jesse should be fired for shutting Clint out like that when Clint was begging for help. I never thought I would say that because in terms of overall game play I don't think there is a comparison between the two. Jesse is the much, much stronger player.

Over on Athena, Brande stepped up as Project Manager and doled out the tasks. She tasked me with doing the brand messaging and the presentation and the slogan and and and. I was actually very resistant to being tasked with so much. I tried to insist that Brande do the presentation as I felt that was a lot to put on my shoulders. In the end Brande really wanted me to do all that so I did what my Project Manager asked of me, reluctantly. Melissa was tasked with doing all the photo editing and layout work. Brande oversaw everything.

I came up with the concept of David Lee naked with the saying "Right Guard: The only thing I ever need to wear" That is the concept Brande chose to go with, which upset Melissa. In fact, everything upset Melissa. When I called Brande to let her know the photographer had said it was an advantage to shoot David first, Melissa got upset that we were keeping secrets. I am not sure why since we were on speaker phone. The fact is Melissa felt like she was being set up for failure by me and Brande. But that is actually not true. I am not saying that I would not have done that if I had to in order to succeed in the game. Of course I would have. But I didn't need to. Melissa was setting herself up for failure with no help from me by being an ineffective fundraiser and abrasive in the boardroom to Trump, to Piers, to George, etc. At the end of the game, those things really matter and I already knew that Melissa was going to have trouble getting to the end. The dynamic with her mother was already bringing her down, the dynamic with the people in the boardroom as well. And the fundraising capabilities. Brande was, plain and simple, the stronger player.

But, amazingly, in the end I think we all worked very well together. I took Melissa aside to try to make her feel more included. Brande did the same. Because in the end we are a team and we wanted to win and not have to face the boardroom and go into the next task a team of 2 against a team of 3. I actually to this day think we made a very good layout. And I stand behind the presentation I did and was extremely surprised my Melissa's comments about my presentation. She watched me practice that at least 5 times and never once said she didn't like it. She never once said it wasn't conversational enough. Even she thought it was bad, why didn't she ever say that to my face? Why did she only critique me behind my back? My only explanation is that she was trying to set me up for failure, the very thing she accused me of doing to her. I would have liked the constructive criticism to tell you the truth since I was reluctant to do the presentation in the first place. I really felt Brande should be doing it.

So we go in the boardroom and this interesting dynamic between Clint and Jesse comes out. I knew Jesse did not like Clint. But that was hard for me to watch because, again, from what I saw Clint was actually trying to cooperate for once in the game and I could see he felt very shut out and thrown under the bus in all that. From what I could see the layout did mostly come from Jesse's ideas...just not 100% of the layout. And when I saw their work I knew we were going to lose. They did a really good job. So I am surprised Jesse was so upset about the whole thing in the first place except that he just plain old doesn't like Clint. That is my only explanation.

On our side, the executives liked the concept of David Lee half naked and they liked the branding but they thought the execution was boring. That was their words and that was our downfall. Athena lost the task. I was very nervous that I might be the one to go simply because I had been tasked with so much. The thing I had going for was exactly the compliment Cramer had paid to me earlier...that I had done most of the work so if we won I would get  a lot of credit it but I had also set myself up not be be fired because I had been so vocal in making sure that everyone knew I did not ask to have so much put on my shoulders. But that might not matter, even if I had played the hand right. Even if I had made sure I left all the decision making power with my PM I still might get axed for the failed layout since I had done so much of it.

As soon as we got in the boardroom, though, it became clear right away that I was not in danger. Trump, Cramer and Ivanka all quizzed both Brande and Melissa about whether or not I had taken over the task and everyone vehemently agreed that I had not. That really put me out of hot water and, interestingly enough, it was Melissa who really argued the most strongly in my favor when she was trying to argue I should be fired.

http://www.nbc.com/the-celebrity-apprentice/video/clips/week-9-who-would-melissa-fire/1091268/

The other point was that, actually, in the end the execs thought the photos were boring and that happened to be the one thing that was not my job. That was a lucky break for me since I had so much on my shoulders in this task. So it came down to Brande and Melissa and who would be fired. When I was asked about this I had an interesting dilemma. At this point in the game, Brande and I had become very good friends so my loyalties certainly were with her. However, I also knew that going into the next task I would a) have to be project manager if Brande went along with me since she had already stepped up twice and b) that if we were to lose I would have a much weaker argument against Brande than I would against Melissa. Being PM for sure on the next task would be a tough spot since the PM is usually the most under fire. And Brande was the stronger player to boot. She had raised much more money than Melissa, second only to me in fact in the game. She was an incredibly hard worker. And, this is really important, she was really well liked. Much more well liked than me, obviously. Melissa, on the other hand, was a weak fundraiser, was not well liked at all and would have to be project manager on the next task since she had lost on her first try so would need to try for a win in order to win the whole game. So taking Melissa long with me would be a better play.

But I really went against game play here and decided to argue for Melissa getting fired. Why? Because I really just felt Brande deserved to be in the game more and I just plain really like and respect her as a person. So when push came to shove, I recommended Melissa get fired even though it felt like it was against my short term best interests. I figured the life equity issue was much more important to me at that point...walking away from the game knowing that I had been loyal to my friend, to Brande.

So, in the end Trump fired Melissa and, well, you saw the meltdown from the Rivers for yourself. Folks! It's a game where you get fake fired from a fake job all in the hopes of raising a ton of money for charity! Really, calling anyone a whore pit viper under those circumstances is an extreme reaction and, frankly, not losing with grace. And Joan Rivers. Well. What can I say there? As far as Brande goes...as much as Joan likes to claim I called Brande an idiot she is the only one who has disparaged Brande's intellect falling on the age old your a dumb blond insult. Brande defended herself pretty well against that one pointing out if she is so stupid then why is she still there and not Melissa. Good point Brande. For everyone thinking I somehow manipulated Brande in order to get ahead in the game I would venture to say it is quite the opposite. Brande outplayed Melissa pretty nicely.

Now, as for Joan's comments about poker players...well...what I said on the show is true. Poker players are the most wonderful people you will ever meet. Poker players are thoughtful and generous and are good for their word. I think it is so interesting that the group that has come out the most strongly in support of the show and in support of these charities, poker players, are so vilely disparaged by Joan on the show. But it was clear Joan doesn't care much about that when she said, "Oh stop with all this charity nonsense." Joan can attack me all she wants. She can attack my morals. She can call me a Nazi and compare me to Hitler. I signed up for that when I agreed to do the show. I was there to defend myself. But to use such a broad brush to insult a whole group of people who did not sign up for that kind of abuse, implying they are criminals, saying outright that they give blood money and are worse than white trash. Well now I am angry. To insult me is one thing. I can take it. To insult my friends who have been nothing but generous and selfless in their support of charity. That is a whole other thing and that is where you can get a rise out of me.

Joan saying that all poker players have no last names and are worse than white trash is like me saying that all comedians are miserable, depressed people who take their angst, anger and unhappiness out on everyone around them. Clearly, that would be unfair. 

Annie Duke is a spokesperson for the online poker website www.ultimatebet.com

Comments

Annie Duke is by far the most disgusting, sleazy, two-faced, manipulative backstabber ever to be on The Apprentice. She took the title away from Omarosa a few weeks ago, and the worst part is that she does it behind the backs of Donald Trump and his "eyes and ears" (whoever it is any given week. Annie is vicious, nasty, and has proven that Joan Rivers is right about her every week she comes back. If she wins this competition, it will be truly sad - what a terrible example of Americans if we show the world that when it comes to "winners", we admire cutthroat, venomous liars. Shame on you, Annie.
Annie is pure sleazy back-stabbing trash. I don't know any poker players, so I cannot judge them. But Annie Duke is an awful person.
Annie is really the best. It seams to me joan rivers and her daughter where trashy. Its a charity event. Annie put them on tilt. Way to play the game annie! You got 2 birds with one stone.
It was about time that Melissa and Joan left the show. They are both delusional. They both stab people in the back. They are both physically disgusting. They are both whores. They both engage in personal attacks on the other opponents. They are both unprofessional. They are both fake. Did I hear Joan call Annie fake and two faced? Has Joan looked in a mirror lately? Joan and Melissa showed the world what they are, spoiled rotten poor LOSERS. I think it is fitting that Joan wears a dead animal carcass around her neck, how perfect. What a heartless whore. I think it will come down to Annie verses Jesse in the final. And kudos to Brande for sticking up for herself. Don't let them push you around. Joan and Melissa need therapy and meds.
And then where will you be Annie cheerleader? Professional doesn't enter into it when one party, Annie, isn't being professional to begin with. Are we watching the same show here or did you go for a snack when Annie had her little interludes with the camera?
So wait - the Rivers women are "whores"... But Annie, who just last week said she "gives a good blowjob -" when she has four children probably watching at home, no less - isn't?
In last night's episode, Annie CLEARLY stated that she was trying to cozy-up to both Brande and Melissa to exploit their respective weaknesses. She has proven that while yes, she knows how to play the game, she is truly classless and two-faced. She acts prim and proper in front of Donald Trump, but the minute they all leave the board room, she is back to being the vicious, manipulative attack dog she is. If she wins, I know that me and all my friends in college are DONE with that show - luckily, I think her ego will be her demise soon enough.
It's not like any of the 3 girls are shining examples to anything. But, I think Annie Duke is being unfairly pilloried. She is playing the game and she wants to win. I think it's smart to try and throw your opponent off of their game, playing both sides against the other. Business negotiating 101. I like Joan Rivers generally, but she stepped over the line with her personal attacks, not just on Annie, but the various others she attacks. It's funny how vicious she can be, then decides maybe she should indulge in some therapy for them, "heals" them and then takes full credit for their transformation. This was by far my favourite Celebrity Apprentice Episode! Just shows you celebrities are just as petty and emotional as the rest of us. LOL!!!
You and Brande handled the barrage of insults well and I liked your point that you never called anybody a name. You are really keeping things professional. Melissa's tantrum was a pitiful way for an adult to act, but I am sure it has served her well in dealing with her mother (beginning with age 2) and so she never learned how to act any other way.
I find it highly ironic that Joan Rivers accused poker players of being "trash" in the same breath that she called one person a "piece of shit" and another "dumb," all the while her daughter is running around screaming "fuck you" to everyone that crosses her path . . . Yes, I'd say the Rivers were certainly the epitome of "class" on last night's Celebrity Apprentice episode . . .
"Joan saying that all poker players have no last names and are worse than white trash is like me saying that all comedians are miserable, depressed people who take their angst, anger and unhappiness out on everyone around them. Clearly, that would be unfair." Well said Annie Duke! I have never played poker and I had no idea who you were before The Apprentice started this year. I think you handled yourself well and showed that taking the high road is always best when tempers flair. If you were the evil pit viper they accused you of being the producers would have jumped on the fact to show it to the television audience. Good luck for the rest of the competition! You deserve kudos! Glen
Annie, give us a break. You came across as being able to walk on water in that last episode, but you failed. The execution of your ad failed. You failed... you should have been sent home. Heil Annie!!!
Here! Here! I couldn't agree with you more! Annie Duke is an incredibly self-serving and egotistical person. What's funny about this whole situation with Melissa being fired and not Annie is how Trump is manipulating Annie by keeping her in the show for his own ratings rather than judging this task and persons for their individual merits as he has done in the past. Poor Annie, she thinks she is in control of the whole game when in fact it is Mr. Trump himself who is the puppet master. Just remember Annie, you'll only go as far as the Donald will let you and if in fact you end up winning this game then I will certainly lose a great deal of respect for Mr. Trump for promoting your anti-moral, unethical, devious and cut-throat methods of doing business and dealing with people who are supposed to be your team mates. I would hope that Mr. Trump reached his current status in life by being a tough business man who is ethical and moral which would encourage respect from those with whom he has had dealings. Unfortunately, the only place you, Annie, may receive respect is at the poker table where being a cut-throat bitch is actually mistaken for skill.
I have to agree - Donald knows EXACTLY what Annie is doing behind his back. He will keep her on for ratings, but I truly think he will send her home. It might even be in the final two, but he will send her packing back to her precious poker table where she can make millions while 8.5% of Americans are struggling just to get by with no jobs.
Is this Joan Rivers?