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    Torley Wong sings a song! Torley Wong's Avatar
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    Thanks for sharing that, gagi. I was wondering how much time Carolyn and George have to spend on the show exactly. Maybe this becomes their new fulltime job. The Donald said in his recent book that it was more time than he thought it'd originally be for him, but of course, he loves the opportunities!

    Carolyn really does look like Lady Di, including the classy demeanor! Ha ha ha.

    Hmmmmmm I'm wondering if I should tune into the rebroadcasts from now on since they have the "bonus" material.

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    Torley Wong sings a song! Torley Wong's Avatar
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    Wow... haha she sure looks wild in those.

    I've heard of her referred to as "mirthless Robin" because of her somewhat-robotic attitude so I'd like to see her really smile on the show and have fun for once.

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    I like her, but I don't like that she's always extra hard on the girls.
    Perfection is just fine by me!

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    Torley - yes, you should. Watch the Thursday edition. Get a TiVo and record the Saturday edition, then fast forward to the boardroom and through the commercials. Gives you about 20 minutes more of boardroom and a much fuller picture of the meetings.

    BTW - anyone else agree that Burnett's camera people and editors are amazingly good at making a business meeting look exciting? That's GOT to be harder than a boxing ring or a desert island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pfeifferdcat
    Can somewhat tell me what Carolyn & George do for the Donald on a normal basis?
    Hand-picked by Trump from the ranks of his top executives, Carolyn Kepcher acts as Donald's eyes and ears on NBC's runaway hit show, "The Apprentice." Kepcher is seen each week seated on Donald's left in the dreaded boardroom.

    "She's also very firm, very tough, very smart, very shrewd and has good judgment," Trump says of Kepcher, who is also an executive vice president of the Trump Organization, as well as general manager and chief operating officer for two Trump National golf clubs, in Briarcliff, N.Y., and Bedminster, N.J.

    In the first episode, in Trump's introduction of Kepcher made it clear she was no softy. In the third episode, Kepcher took the women to task for their reliance on sex to win the first three challenges, letting them know this kind of behaviour was not going to get them the job. While somehow making it seem that she still wanted a woman to win.

    Kepcher has been with Trump for about nine years. A native of Westchester, Kepcher came to Trump's company via the hospitality industry, where she was previously director of sales and marketing for the Beck Summit Hotel Management Group of Boca Raton, Fla.

    Now a resident of Connecticut, Kepcher is married with two small children.

    What's she looking for in a winning apprentice? Leadership, creativity, "the whole package," she says. "From working for Mr. Trump for the amount of time that I have, I know what he's looking for - a take-charge person . . . He's looking for truly talented people."

    And Kepcher has no time to dwell on her newfound fame. "To be perfectly honest," she says, "I'm a little too wrapped up in my real job right now to actually go out and enjoy it."

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    So what’s it really like to work for Donald Trump?

    Never mind the hit show “The Apprentice” and the infamous boardroom where losing contestants get summarily fired after a grilling.

    That dimly lit luxurious room with its great polished table is a set piece that does not exist at Trump’s 26th-floor headquarters at 56th and Fifth in Manhattan.

    Up there, in a warren of unpretentious, messy offices – including Trump’s own – is where the real action is, where the mogul and a small coterie of trusted lieutenants and assistants run an empire of real estate, hotels, casinos and golf courses with more than $10.2 billion in annual revenues.

    “It is a dictatorship, not a democracy,” said George Ross, 76, one of Trump’s two advisers on the show, and in actuality his general counsel and executive vice president.

    Life on the 26th floor does bear some resemblance to the spirit of “The Apprentice”.

    The action is fast, but there is no sign of competition because everyone is on the same team.

    Trump is more present here than the Trump of the show. He’s faster, impatient and more dominant. Suddenly he appears at the doorway of Ross’ office.

    “How’s it going?” he asks Ross about a particular deal.

    “Donald, I think you left too much on the table,” ventured Ross, suggesting that trump had been too generous.

    “I always leave too much on the table,” said Trump, laughing as he whirled away back to his office down the hall.

    “It’s his money, and I can suggest, I can argue, but it’s his final say,” said Ross during a recent series of interviews with several key Trump employees.

    And saying, “You’re fired,” is mild compared to what really happens when an employee is dishonest or disloyal, Ross said.

    “Donald goes absolutely ballistic – screaming, yelling, cursing – and you could not print the words he says, you wouldn’t want to be there,” he said.

    Ross and Carolyn Kepcher, Trump’s other adviser on the show, described their boss as demanding but loyal.

    “I had a Caesarean section with my first child, Connor, and he was the first person who telephoned to see how I was,” said Kepcher, 35, the chief operating officer for Trump National Golf Clubs.

    She said she works 60- to 70-hour weeks, seldom getting home before 8 p.m. “I try to get home before the children get to sleep,” she said.

    Ross and Kepcher said Trump often fusses over details, right down to the color and type of doorknobs.

    On other matters, infinitely more important than doorknobs, trump delegates freely.

    “He doesn’t read contracts, no matter how big,” said Ross. “I negotiate them, I write them, I read them and he signs them.”

    Ross has known Trump since the ‘70s. “I represented him in his first big deal, the purchase of the commodore Hyatt on 42nd Street,” said Ross.

    Eight years ago, he was ready to retire but made a deal with Trump.

    “I told Donald I’d work four days a week, I’ll take as many vacation days as I want, when I want, and I told him if you’re unhappy with me at any time, tell me to leave and I’ll leave and we’re friends, and if I’m unhappy I’ll leave and we’ll still be friends. Of course, I’m in a unique position with him because I don’t care if I get fired. I don’t need to work.”

    New York Daily News

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    Yay, Robin is back as well!!

    More than one single male contestant, waiting to enter the boardroom and hear Trump's verdict, noticed the pretty woman sitting nearby at reception: Robin Himmler, an assistant to the boss for almost four years. "They're waiting to see if they'll get fired," says Katrina, "and all they can think about is asking Robin for her number."

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    Haha... yeah, that's great to hear. It'd be cool to see Robin step out from behind her receptionist desk for a task or something. Would be a surprise too, if she got to supervise the contestants on a particular contest. I like her, although she doesn't express much -- or is not given much of a chance to -- and some call her "mirthless". LOL.

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    I'm jumping on the Carolyn bandwagon too. I think she's great!

    Quote Originally Posted by charlie9
    I like her, but I don't like that she's always extra hard on the girls.
    IMO, she's not. Carolyn has "been there done that" and she knows firsthand how to be a seasoned successful business woman - she's just trying to relay that to the female contestants. There was nothing wrong with her making them tone down the sex appeal last season. Besides, she isn't exactly easy on the men. She's put them in their place as well.

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    Yeah, they just had to have George and Carolyn back otherwise the fans would be in an uproar, but even having Robin back again gave me this familiar, comfortable feeling. Strange how someone with 30 seconds of airtime can make a show seem "right." I bet she never guessed she would become a familiar face to the nation just by agreeing to be Trump's receptionist!

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    I love Carolyn,too. She's tough,but she is objective. I don't know that I could handle working for her,though!

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