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Donald Trump to moderate Republican debate. Could they not get Ivanka? (POLL)

What the…? She’s so much prettier.

As if the presidential primary season wasn’t already playing out like a crappy reality show, Celebrity Apprentice TV star, wig model — and let’s not forget former presidential hopeful — Donald Trump will moderate a Republican debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27. Trump, whom President Obama has likened to a “carnival barker,” is pairing up with Newsmax to put on the debate, which will air on Ion TV.

No word yet on which candidates will accept this once-in-a-lifetime offer — or whether Trump secretly plans on firing them all instead.

I’m serious about Ivanka though.


Today in Jon Stewart news: Host chats with Condi Rice about the Iraq War, dubbed a 'racist' by Donald Trump

Today in Who-Can-Play-Nice-With-Jon-Stewart-And-Who-Can’t News, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat down with The Daily Show host for an in-depth, frank, open discussion on the heated topic that is the Iraq War, while former Owner of Human Hair Donald Trump blasted Stewart for a recent segment about Presidential candidate Herman Cain and declared him a “racist.”

Rice stopped by The Daily Show on Tuesday night to promote her book No Higher Honor, where, in addition to telling a great ice-breaking story about recently deceased Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (he had a notorious infatuation with her), had a nearly 20-minute conversation with Stewart about the Iraq War. In what could only be described as the rarest jewel in cable news programming (The Daily Show can win all the comedy Emmys it so richly deserves, but it’s also, most definitely, a news show): A level-headed talk between two opposing sides on a topic they’ll never fully reach an agreement on, but can, at the very least, state their case in a civilized manner. Watch all three parts of the fascinating, and yes, at some times, tense, interview below: READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump charges $10,000 for privilege of meeting Donald Trump

Fresh from a brief but memorable non-excursion into the quagmire of American politics, Celebrity Apprentice host and videogame legend Donald Trump has embarked on a speaking engagement in Australia. And according to a report by Australian website news.com.au, he’ll be hosting a “private, closed reception” reserved for people Trump refers to as “business leaders.” Specifically, business leaders who are willing to pay at least $10,000 for the chance to breathe the same air as The Donald. In a form letter, Trump describes this event not merely as a party, but as “a catalyst that can spark greater things — you’ll be considering the influence this experience can have on the course of the rest of your life.”

PopWatchers, how much would you pay to awkwardly sip extremely expensive cocktails with Donald Trump? Actually, what’s the highest sum you would pay to meet anyone? I think I’d pay $20,000 to have lunch with David Milch, but only if he promised to hypnotize me by talking about John From Cincinnati.

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Katie Couric calls Sarah Palin 'fascinating,' says Donald Trump acted like 'a jackass'

What has Katie Couric been up to since her stint on the CBS Evening News came to an end last month? Well, as the TV vet told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Monday, she’s been helping her daughter study for her final exams, discovering the wonders of tequila and karaoke, and getting ready for her next project: an Oprah-esque daytime talk show for ABC. But because anyone interviewing Couric is legally obligated to bring up Sarah Palin, Leno also took a few moments to ask the former anchor whether she thinks Palin’s going to actually run for president in 2012.

“You know, I think that’s anyone’s guess,” Couric answered. “Sometimes, she’ll retreat for awhile and then she’ll pop back up. I think she’s really fascinating. She’s really polarizing — I think even people who don’t like her are fascinated by her. They’re almost motivated by their dislike of her.”

Fair enough! But what does Couric think of Donald “I Will Not Seek The Presidency” Trump, who recently said that he might actually run for president after all? (Sigh.) “Because I live in New York, and I’ve seen Donald at various events, you know, he actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart,” said Couric. “But I think he was just acting like a jackass for awhile, don’t you?” READ FULL STORY

'The Celebrity Apprentice' finale makes for all-time series-low ratings: What made you not tune in?

Nothing to smile about here, Trump. The ratings for the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice were anything but YOUGE.

Pulling in a rather paltry 2.9/7 share in the coveted 18-49 demo, the episode proved to be the lowest spring finale ever for The Apprentice, Celebrity or otherwise. While the EW.com comments section have all but been ablaze today with chatter from those of you who actually did tune in for last night’s finale (“Marlee Matlin was robbed!” “Who is John Rich again?” “Where are my pants?!”), we’re curious as to why so many folks didn’t.  READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump says he 'would not rule out' a late-entry presidential campaign

Just like we couldn’t rule out Gary Busey showing us his family jewels on Celebrity Apprentice, apparently, we can’t rule out the possibility that Donald Trump may pretend to run for president again. Calling into Fox & Friends Monday, the Donald — hot off the heels of a Celebrity Apprentice finale that posted disappointing ratings returns — told Fox News that “stranger things have happened” than for him to once again decide to run for commander-in-chief. “I can’t rule out anything,” Trump said. “The country is so important. It’s so vital that we choose the right person. And at this moment, I don’t see that right person.” (See video here.)

So all that business one week ago about choosing Celebrity Apprentice over the presidential campaign? READ FULL STORY

'Celebrity Apprentice': And the winner is...

Image Credit: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

In what may just be the most important decision made by any person all year long — at least in terms of decisions involving 7UP, Def Leppard, and the Harlem Globetrotters — Donald Trump named his latest Celebrity Apprentice champion. Was it country crooner John Rich or Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin? My full recap will be up soon, (UPDATE: Dalton’s Celebrity Apprentice recap is now live!) but if you’ve already watched and want to sound off on who won, then read on after the jump for more! [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice finale.] READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump won't run for president. But why?

Donald Trump announced yesterday that he would not seek the presidency, and today, the new question is, Why? Why did the real-estate titan and reality-TV star take his name out of the running for the Republican nomination? According to Anthony Baxter, he’s responsible for spoiling Trump’s potential campaign. The filmmaker, whose You’ve Been Trumped yet-unsold documentary chronicles a Scottish seaside resort’s fight against Trump’s planned golf course, told the Hollywood Reporter, “I do think Mr. Trump realized he would be under severe scrutiny if he actually ran for president, and our film had become part of that dialogue.” READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump not running for president. We mourn the loss for comedians everywhere.

Might as well pack in those Trump 2012 signs you’d been working on, kids (and all those gold and yellow markers you bought to recreate his hair): The Donald has announced he was conducting  a desperate publicity stunt all along will not be running for President of the United States!

Maybe it was the fact that he already “accomplished” everything on his agenda against President Barack Obama, or that Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis laughed at him at the Correspondents’ Dinner, or that he really did want to give another season of The Celebrity Apprentice a go. But whatever it was that really made him change his mind, Donald Trump won’t be visiting the small towns of Iowa and New Hampshire any time soon.

And while I’m willing to venture this news brings nothing but happiness to the citizens of America, the comedy world is likely frowning. READ FULL STORY

Who should've replaced Donald Trump on 'Celebrity Apprentice' had he run for president?

Update: Donald Trump has announced that he will not be run for president. His official decision comes after NBC confirmed that it would move forward with a new season of The Celebrity Apprentice with someone else sitting at the head of the table if he were to enter the race. That puts an end to our “Who should replace him?” debate. Suggestions floated around PopWatch HQ included Mark Cuban, Sean Parker (a.k.a. the former Napster and Facebook executive portrayed by Justin Timberlake in The Social Network), and Oprah Winfrey. Yes, Winfrey was far-fetched, but think about it: She could’ve worked out a deal in which the behind-the-scenes show aired on OWN to get more eyes on her network, her apprentices would have most certainly been A-list, and she could have done some altruistic good with all those challenges.

Your turn! If you still want to play, who would you have liked to see doing the firing next year?

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