Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton heard the words most people dread: “You're fired.” It didn’t help that Donald Trump was delivering the bad news with Hamilton part of a reality show cast. Afterwards in the limo ride away from the set of “The Celebrity Apprentice” Hamilton said he was “bitterly disappointed” to be fired but quickly added: “I'm also a very happy and positive person.”
Hamilton, who was competing to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, was the second contestant fired from the field of 16 on the NBC staple.
Hamilton was the project manager for the men's team, which lost the week's challenge, putting him in immediate jeopardy.
Each team was given the task of creating a comic-book hero for the online clothing store Zappos.com. The character was to represent the company's culture as well as the importance it places on quality customer service. The teams each worked with a group of artists to make a four-page comic centered on a character they created.
Hamilton named the men’s hero “EEE” for "Everywhere. Everything. Every Time." That decision seemed to be the beginning of the end for the skating great.
"We had to make a decision, we came back to what this character does, and it's about her power. She can be everywhere, everything, every time, and we felt that it really represented Zappos.com," the four-time (1981-1984) U.S. and World champion said.
Hamilton also spent a great deal of time butting heads with Tom Green (who criticized the comic hero's name). Green was part of the final meeting where Trump made his elimination decision but was spared the boot.
Hamilton's leadership role clearly cost him his spot on the show. Trump called “EEE” a big mistake and said that because it was Hamilton’s decision, he was fired.
Last week, comedian Andrew Dice Clay was the first celebrity to be eliminated.
Among those left: former NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman, country music's Clint Black and reality TV personality Khloe Kardashian, Joan and Melissa Rivers, former football great Herschel Walker, "Baywatch" star Brande Roderick , singer Brian McKnight, poker champ Annie Duke, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, actress-model Claudia Jordan, singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and former "Monster Garage" host Jesse James.
“I feel like I could've done much better than I did,” Hamilton said. “But I have my family, that's first and foremost. I also have my mission of curing cancer in my lifetime to get back to, and my career, so it's onward and upward."