I think the driving force behind Melissa's blow up is that once again, Donald did a crappy job of giving reasons for the firing. Of the three, Melissa was the weakest at defending herself. I think that she showed she's spent her life in the entertainment industry where the individual you are is the product / business, and there's no divide between the two. But outside of entertainment, that doesn't work in business. You're not the product -- the results you produce are. Brande was proving herself very weak and was headed out the door because she wouldn't defend herself. Jim Cramer managed to light a fire under her, and brought out a passionate defense. AT that point, the message was clear to all of them. Annie didn't receive a gift from anyone to escape any criticism. She was simply being very smart and not talking. When she was slammed, instead of defending herself, she waited to see if Trump would be moved by it. When he wasn't, she kept quiet, keeping the attention off herself.Originally Posted by iguanachocolate;3425875;
Melissa was not that smart. When the attention was elsewhere, instead of keeping quiet, she spoke up to defend herself. That removed Brande from the hot seat. THe warning to defend yourself strongly had already been sent out, and instead of doing that, she tried to take down everyone else. If in that moment she had stayed focused on the tasks and business - giving concrete examples instead of mass exaggerations, I think she would have survived. But when she didn't, she showed Trump that it wasn't about business for her, it was about hte product of Melissa. THAT I think is the reason that she was fired, but Trump utterly failed to communicate that to her. Instead, he joined the behavior that she had been exhibiting -- he spoke in mass generalities and exaggerations which were not true (Melissa did contribute quite a bit). Melissa felt deeply personally insulted to not have her work recognized, and that led to the tirade.