Monday, March 18, 2013 | 12:34 p.m.
The fireworks were so furious and frenzied Sunday night in the all-out war between Omarosa and La Toya Jackson on NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” that hometown hero Penn Jillette was in the safety zone all night.
In a first for Donald Trump’s series, La Toya, a onetime Las Vegas resident, begged him to let her fire Omarosa. The real estate tycoon not only refused to have the rules changed, but also fired La Toya.
Penn and his team pals were rivals with La Toya and Omarosa’s team in presenting a Crystal Light soap opera with help from legendary daytime stars Susan Lucci and Jack Wagner. But all the celebrities took a back seat to the incredible and intense blowups between Omarosa and La Toya, with the feud going into the boardroom where Arsenio Hall and Ivanka Trump were advisers.
La Toya was the project manager of her team, but Omarosa demanded that she have the starring role. It was a recipe for a battle royale and led to Omarosa refusing to take part and then showing up late for her role. Talk about temper tantrums. Now Omarosa can terrorize, torment and torture the remaining contestants next Sunday.
In a preview of that episode, the all-stars have to use a glass truck to create a marketing campaign for a hair products company, and Penn gets the spotlight with his juggling act.
Incidentally, Penn and his Rio headliner partner Teller were in New York on NBC’s “Today” this morning recruited as sidekicks for MGM Grand headliner David Copperfield’s regular Monday magic highlight segment.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.