'Celebrity Apprentice' Welcomes Joan Rivers, But I Was Hoping For More of The Funny Lady I Miss

On Monday's brand new episode of Celebrity Apprentice, the late, great Joan Rivers made her final appearance alongside Donald and Ivanka Trump. Well, I was really hoping for the Rivers we all remember. Not only did I want her to be her honest and opinionated self, but I wanted to laugh as she cracked jokes and worked the room. Sadly, that's not what viewers got, and maybe it had something to do with editing or maybe Rivers was just having an off day. Whatever the case, I didn't see the funny Rivers that I miss. Not to mention, she was barely seen throughout the episode.

Yes, Rivers was shown at the very beginning as a way to introduce her as a guest judge, but I feel like it took forever for her to reappear, which was during the actual tasks. Yes, that is how the show usually works, because she was a judge in the challenge, but I feel like the reality competition could've honored her by showing more of her and letting us hear her voice. Again, maybe her schedule conflicted with filming, or maybe she just felt like being quiet and respectful as a judge, or maybe it's how it was edited to only show her nice and polite side. Whatever the case, it wasn't what I was expecting.

Despite her being super quiet and barely speaking, Rivers did manage to crack a few jokes here and there that, of course, produced laughs, because when didn't Rivers get someone to laugh or smile? So, that was lovely to watch, and that's how most of us will forever remember her.

To be clear, I'm not upset with Rivers for being quieter than usual or for not showcasing her brash side, because maybe that's how she wanted to act while acting as a guest judge. Overall, I just wanted to be able to bask in the gloriousness of Rivers, her loudness, and her honesty. Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful seeing Rivers back on TV again, but I wished we could've seen and heard more from the amazing woman we once knew and will always remember.

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