Trump Fires Carolyn Kepcher

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Donald Trump has fired Carolyn Kepcher, one of his sidekicks on The Apprentice.

Carolyn Kepcher, the blonde co-star of Donald Trump's 'The Apprentice,' has been fired.

The 36-year old sidekick, who in addition to her role on the show ran the Trump National Golf Club in posh Westchester County north of New York City, was fired earlier this week.
Donald Trump and Carolyn Kepcher

Rhona Graff of the Trump Organization confirmed to CNNMoney.com that Kepcher no longer works at the company.

Trump's daughter Ivanka has replaced Kepcher in the role, while Trump's son Don Jr. is the successor to the 78-year old real estate lawyer George Ross on the show.

The show's Web site states Ivanka and Don Jr. will "fill in for" Kepcher and Ross "during multiple episodes of 'The Apprentice'" in the fifth season.

I haven't watched the last few seasons of the show because it was such a disappointment. I had hoped it would test real business skills but instead it turned into a cheesy relational drama that happened to touch upon business now and then. Honestly, I bet Carolyn decided to leave and Donald decided to fire her because that would get more press for the both of them.

  • I am beginning to wonder if Donald has trouble with powerful, smart women. First Martha now Carolyn.

  • She was replaced with Ivanka Trump because they say she was no longer focused on Trump’s business.

  • One of the reasons that behavior on the show is so Hobbesian is that the “project manager” has no real authority. If the PM had the absolute right to fire one team member…or to give black marks which would trigger a mandatory firing at some threshold–then I bet there’d be a lot less backbiting, at least while the projects are in progress.

  • Rob

    David,
    Very true. That would be a great twist on the show.

    Lewis,
    I’m beginning to wonder if Trump has trouble with relationships in general!

  • Curt Doolittle

    Trump fired her because she was not doing her job and would not return his phone calls to consider other options. As for smart women, martha’s show lost money (it should have, because it was horrible, tragic, and so bad it was unimagieable) and Carolyn didn’t do her job. Why is it that every time a woman doesn’t do her job the first assumpiont is masculine predudice? As a business person I don’t care about your gender. I care about how much money you make the company. I don’t care if you’re famous, attractive, charming or anything else. I only care if you make money and you’re not difficult to deal with. And if you make enough money, I don’t even care if youj’re difficult.

  • Curt Doolittle

    Trump fired her because she was not doing her job and would not return his phone calls to consider other options. It’s not politic, complicated, a stunt or anything else.

    As for Trump’s treatment of smart women, Martha’s show lost money (it should have, because it was horrible) and Carolyn didn’t keep the golf club running and was building another career on his money. IT isn’t complicated.

    Why is it that every time a woman doesn’t do her job the first assumpiont is masculine predudice? As a business person I don’t care about your gender. I care about how much money you make the company. I don’t care if you’re famous, attractive, charming or anything else. I only care if you make money and you’re not difficult to deal with. And if you make enough money, I don’t even care if youj’re difficult.

    I have been accused of this recently, and I find it actually may influnce me to be less likley to hire top women.

    Instead, women should be MORE critical of women in power, expect MORE of them and ask them to be MORE exemplary role models, rather than excuse and justify their inability to do the job. Anything else only harms women’s advancement in business.

  • Curt Doolittle

    Trump fired her because she was not doing her job and would not return his phone calls to consider other options. It’s not politic, complicated, a stunt or anything else designed for public consumption.

    As for Trump’s treatment of smart women, Martha’s show lost money (it should have, because it was horrible) and Carolyn didn’t keep the golf club running and was building another career on his money. It isn’t complicated. There is no mystery here. No conspiratorial theories are needed to explain the obvious.

    Why is it that every time a woman doesn’t do her job the first assumpiont is masculine predudice? As a business person I don’t care about your gender. I care about how much money you make the company. I don’t care if you’re famous, attractive, charming or anything else. I only care if you make money and you’re not difficult to deal with. And if you make enough money, I don’t even care if youj’re difficult.

    I have been accused of this recently, and I find it actually may influnce me to be less likley to hire top women.

    Instead, women should be MORE critical of women in power, expect MORE of them and ask them to be MORE exemplary role models, rather than excuse and justify their inability to do the job. Anything else only harms women’s advancement in business.

  • Rob … I’m right with you here.

    I watched the first 2 seasons and they were okay. But I was hoping it would be more business than relationships/dramas, but alas, more drama than business it has become which is a real shame.

    I understand the time constraints of the show but what they do is not what real businesses do.

    The Don has trouble with relationships? No! Who’d a thought! :-)

  • They could have renamed that show The Narcissist after Season 2. I think you’re right, Rob, about Trump maximizing the PR value of Carolyn’s “ouster”.

  • MaryAnn

    I will never watch another Apprentice show—First Martha, and now Carolyn- its only a matter of time before his latest wife will divorce him.

  • Good. Bring back Ivanka Trump. Now there’s a hottie.

  • rspark

    trump is an idiot…trust me this show is on the outs, cause i for one will no longer will watch, if my friends feel like i do, and several have voiced the same opinion, bye bye trump!!!!! Trump u r stupid and if u think your kids will bring up the rating, think again!!!!

  • This thread is like listening fans argue about the matches in the World Wrestling Federation.

    The show, the lessons, the conflicts, Trump… It’s all fake, fake fake.

  • I like Carolyn. She is a smart woman and Trump is the only who has to loose from this business.

  • HotJavaJack

    I watched the first two seasons hoping to see real management and leadership skills put to the test. I found neither–not even in the board room.

    Carolyn failed to fulfill her responsibilities and she was fired. It is really that simple. No need to become hysterical over her failure. Any accountable executive would have sent her packing.

  • Jules

    Although I was sad to hear Carolyn was fired, however, it does sound like she was branching out into so many different areas, that if Donald is paying her the big bucks to give time to the show and run the golf facility and she’s not focused on that as her first priority it’s a legitimate point.

    I had a professional, mid-level employee who starting getting involved in so many activities outside of work I had to talk with him because he started scheduling his business trips and work committments when it was convenient based on everything else, not the other way around and it was becoming a problem. Now, bfore you say I’m a tyrant, I was very flexible–like to see people placing importance on family and having a life outside of work, but there is a limit. If the company is paying an employee full time, etc. and your other interests are hobbies, etc. the company that’s supporting your family and paying the bills–that should be the first priority and other items should fit into free time or not constantly interfere with the main job they are being paid to do.

    I thought Carolyn had good comments and evaluations on the show. Like many of you, I watched the first two seasons and that was it.

  • Jules

    One other thing–I think it’s a mistake to replace George and Carolyn with Donald’s kids. George and Carolyn have credibility from their experience and background. The “silver spoon” kids have none of that. I wouldn’t listen to them give advice or evaluate business!

  • Jerry

    So who cares ?? Does anybody take a narcissist with a bad comb-over seriously ?? All he wants you to do is watch his show so he can get paid. I’d rather read a good book.