'The Celebrity Apprentice': Annie Duke defends herself on 'Ellen'

Celebrity Apprentice finalist Annie Duke visited Ellen today to discuss last week’s epic Rivers rant, in which Joan compared Annie to Hitler, Melissa coined the term ”whore pit vipers,” and everybody else wondered what the hell was going on. Annie mentioned how she stayed pretty classy throughout the tirade, defended poker players as being ”awesome people” (hands down my favorite lame comeback ever), and how she, just like the rest of us, is now attempting to work ”whore pit vipers” into her daily vocabulary.

She also had this little tidbit of wisdom about the entire Celebrity Apprentice machine: ”It’s a fake job and you get fake fired.” Too true, Annie. Too true. What do you think about Duke’s appearance? Did she really keep it classy, or is her hatred of the Rivers clan just way more toned-down and passive-aggressive? Who are you rooting for during Sunday’s three-hour Apprentice finale — Annie or Joan?


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  • Adam

    I think I’m in the minority cheering for Annie on Sunday. Rivers quit. And like Piers said last night, if it wasn’t for her age she wouldn’t of been there this far. Not to mention get away with all the crap she’s said.

    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/05/04/tv-tonight-monday-may-4th-2009/

  • Lee

    Celebrity Apprentice? Just who exactly is Annie Duke?

  • Ceballos

    Adam-
    I’m more than happy to join you in the minority (if that’s in fact what it is).
    I’m going to be rooting for Annie, simply because (as I said in the “Apprentice” recap board earlier today) she’s played the game better than anyone (including Piers last year) and deserves to win, no matter what you think of her.
    Yes, she’s annoying and yes, she LOVES to take credit for her work (which, by the way, is a strategic move to make herself look like a strong player). Still, other than being irritating, the biggest knock against her is that she’s a “poker player.” (Sorry, but that’s not exactly a curse word in my house, and it’s actually turned out to be a perfect skill set for this game.)
    I can’t root for Joan because her comments have been way too cruel and way too personal…she’s truly revealed who the real “white trash” is.
    That being said, I believe all this stuff is played up for the cameras and that Joan will end up with the win. (“Evil” won’t triumph two years in a row.)

  • FunkDizzy

    Absolutely rooting for Annie on Sunday. The Rivers’ are absolutely deplorable people, based on what I’ve seen on this show. I really wish it would have been Annie vs. Brande though. Joan doesn’t deserve to be in the final two at all…

  • Indy

    Annie has not once been a team player.. its always “I” .. I am one person that usually roots for the NON actor..but this time I just can’t stand Annie.
    I wished Jessie would have been picked.

  • Rob Harrington

    JOAN RIVERS ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • London

    Like Joan said last night, Annie spells Team TIIIIIIIIIIIEAM. Joan all the way. Annie should be fired for being abrasive and annoying.

  • Cardsgal

    I’m absolutely rooting for Joan; I don’t want Annie to have another reason to continue her incessant bragging.

  • Jean

    Joan Rivers has little class, but Annie Duke has none. At least Joan is woman enough to speak her mind, unlike the sneaky, cowardly Duke who talks behind Joan’s back.

  • Anonny

    HATE Annie – if “evil” wins again I won’t watch season three.

  • DARBY ORANGE

    GO ANNIE GO!!! YOUR THE BEST!

  • Sneak

    I’m a big Tom Green fan, so I was hooked into this show watching him. After he was fired, I found I kept tuning in to see what happens. I don’t think Brandie deserved to be fired, especially after pulling off an amazing win, short handed against a three-person team that had a professional musician. It seems the only reason she was cast out was because that obnoxious British gay guy didn’t like her. Normally I would probably root for a comedian, but not in this case. I think Joan Rivers should have been fired for her deplorable, negative behavior. I just finished reading Annie Duke’s book. While I don’t find her to be a totally likable person, she comes from a family of educators and she graduated from Columbia and went to graduate school for a PHD. Hardly what I would call white trash. I find the Rivers family penchant for cosmetic surgery to be much more disengaging and unattractive than the Lederer family penchant for knowledge and education. I hope Annie Duke mops up the floor with Joan Rivers.

  • Donna

    I think that Donald Trump used the feud between the Rivers and Duke to make for good television. I feel that the only reason that he fired Melissa was because he knew that it would be talked about all over TV and that would bring better ratings and more viewers for his show. Annie did set out to get rid of Melissa and I don’t blame Joan for going for Annie’s throat. True her words were a little harsh but if Annie had the guts to stand up to her we would have heard her poker trash mouth. She is not the little miss innocent that she wants you to believe she is. I am praying every day that Joan wins because I feel she is the most deserving. Donald even said that if someone went after one of his children in that way he would react the same.

  • Alphonso

    Joan Rivers won it. Did you see Trump in the promos for this week point to his left and say you are the celebrity apprentice. Whos always sits to Trump’s left…Joan Rivers

  • Shopgirl

    If Annie Duke is so committed to education, why did she quit grad school after five years, just months before it was time to defend her PhD thesis? Why the lack of follow-through?
    Also, couldn’t believe that she acted as if there wasn’t a professional musician helping her with the jingle. The bragging from Annie Duke is incessant and intolerable. One would think she can walk on water…

    • lex

      shopgirl…….I have a theory about why she left school…..and it is pure speculation but you can only cheat so far until you run up against a REAL doctor to defend a dissertation……can’t really blame her for leaving(running away) how embarassing to fake your way through school only to realize you can’t fake it when you come face to face with someone who has credibility…ha……what a shame….she obviously has some skeletons in that closet that will never be revealed but she knows what I am speculating about…..gotta give her credit for running with it though……lots of losers like her are famous..or infamous….ie jersey shore,,,,Tom Arnold,,,,,Vanilla Ice…see ya

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