Mitt Romney and Barack Obama
In this election cycle, the Monday morning quarterbacking that takes place after major political events consists less of determining a winner than it does exploring what new Internet memes were birthed.
Nowhere has that been more evident than after Tuesday's debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney — the second of three verbal contests between the two presidential candidates before the election on Nov. 6. (The final debate will be held next Monday, Oct. 22).
When Romney opted to use the unfortunate wording "binders full of women" to illustrate his efforts to create a diversified Cabinet when he was governor of Massachusetts, the Internet latched onto the phrase faster than Felix Baumgartner plummeted to earth earlier this week. By the time the debate was even over, Romney's description had spawned a Facebook page (which had more than 275,000 "Likes" by mid-morning on Wednesday), a Twitter handle and, perhaps best of all, the website bindersfullofwomen.tumblr.com, which features parody photos of everything from Paula Deen riding on a binder to Romney and Paul Ryan holding Carly Rae Jepsen hostage in a file folder.
Bret Michaels, Gary Busey
You're hired — again! Fourteen former Celebrity Apprentice contestants will return to the boardroom for the show's upcoming all-star season.
NeNe Leakes has no interest in returning to Donald Trump's boardroom for NBC's planned all-stars edition of The Celebrity Apprentice.
"It was hard as hell — a grueling-ass schedule," says Leakes, who will now juggle her Real Housewives of Atlanta duties with roles on Glee and NBC's new comedy The New Normal. "You work every single day except for Sunday from sunup to sundown. You're locked into a war room and you have to give up your cell phone, your iPad, your laptop, everything. It's a tough show. I can't do it again!"
Donald Trump plans to take legal action against the former Miss Pennsylvania, who claims that the Miss USA Pageant is rigged, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
One day after Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo was crowned the new Miss USA, Sheena Monnin, the contestant from Pennsylvania, resigned from her post, calling the Miss Universe Organization...
Our top moments of the week:
12. Always the Bridesmaid Award: Contrary to its theme song, Celebrity Apprentice is not all about "money, money, money." Although Clay Aiken outdraws Arsenio Hall, $301,500 to $167,100, in the final fundraising challenge and arguably has the more entertaining variety show, Donald Trump somewhat surprisingly hires Hall, preferring his PSA ad instead. "You're both amazing people," Trump says. "There is no loser tonight." Except for, of course, Aiken, who notches another...
[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winner of Celebrity Apprentice. Read at your own risk.]
Donald Trump, Cher
Donald Trump has opened his mouth again — and this time he's going after Cher.
Donald Trump: Rosie O'Donnell is a failure
The real estate mogul slammed the singer on Fox News Monday, calling her lonely and miserable, when he called in to Greta Van Susteren's show to talk about the President Barack Obama's campaign ad that calls Mitt Romney a "job destroyer" for his involvement with Bain Capital. (You can watch the ad here.)
Kathy Griffin's Emmy winning Bravo reality series My Life on the D-List ended in 2009, but the unapologetic red-headed comedian is back —this time with a self-titled talk show. Griffin promises that Kathy, a weekly series that premieres Thursday at 10/9c, will stay true to her no-holds-barred style, which means drinking on set will be frequent, and clothing will be optional.
Rosie O'Donnell, Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump wasted little time before tweeting his satisfaction about OWN's cancellation of The Rosie Show.
OWN axes The Rosie Show
On Friday, OWN announced that Rosie O'Donnell would tape her final episode this Tuesday. (It will air on Friday, March 30.) The show, which debuted in October, averaged just 497,000 viewers. Trump pounced quickly.
Our top moments of the week:
13. Best Wigging Out: The Real Housewives of Orange County get together for an '80s party and — surprise! — there's drama when Slade stops by, just days after ripping Vicki and calling her ugly in his stand-up act. Vicki, complete with big hair, gets up to leave, telling Slade that her parents think she's beautiful and that she has never been mean to him. When Gretchen brings up Vicki's "deadbeat dad" comments about Slade, as well as Vicki's new boyfriend's own problems with paying child support in the past, a full-blown argument breaks out. Neon colors have never made us more depressed.
12. Best Reality Check: On Life's Too Short, Ricky Gervais calls up his Office pal Steve Carell to see if he'll do a guest spot on Gervais' new project. Carell only agrees to "consider" the role, which...