'Celebrity Apprentice' party planner David Tutera tells Barbara Walters that Joan Rivers is 'a monster'

Party planner David Tutera, who memorably clashed with eventual Celebrity Apprentice winner Joan Rivers on Sunday’s finale, told Barbara Walters on her Sirius XM Radio show Monday that Rivers is "a monster." Tutera was tasked to work with Rivers to plan a charity auction, but he told Walters he quit in part because "Joan and Melissa [Rivers] were completely incapable of giving me their insight on how the party should look. They had zero direction…. In 23 years of being in business, I have never left anyone, no matter how difficult they are to work with. Her behavior towards any human being was so unacceptable to me. [She’s] such a monster I cannot begin to even explain."

Tutera, who also hosts the WE-TV show My Fair Wedding, says Celebrity Apprentice producers "manipulated" the situation by telling him ahead of time that he was not to give Rivers any ideas of his own. "When I got into the room and [Joan’s team] gave me no ideas," he said, "I was left to sort of stand there and defend myself." When Walters asked Tutera whether he would work for Rivers again, Tutera replied, "Absolutely over my dead body."


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  • catfish

    I can see that a client who can’t articulate their ideas would be frustrating, but how does it make her a monster? What’s he not telling? Something about this smells of PR stunt to me

  • BB

    She didn’t have ideas? MONSTER!

  • sam

    This guy is ridiculous. She was certainly telling him what she wanted and he wanted to give her red drapes and lounge chairs. Why was it so unacceptable for him to work with someone she preferred to give him the ideas? Has this guy ever planned anything before?

    • Aisley

      Sam, you don’t know who David Tutera is, do you?

  • brenda

    I agree that Joan was out of line but he shouldn’t have left Annie hanging. They could have at least called her to let her know instead of ignoring her phone calls. Joan should not have won this last project or the show. Donald had her picked from the beginning.

  • Mary

    Uh, yeah. David Tutera has done MANY planned events before. Just check out his website. I’ve also seen his show and my God…the man is an artist.

  • Mary

    Uh, yeah. David Tutera has done MANY planned events before. Just check out his website. I’ve also seen his show and my God…the man is an artist.

  • Ace

    Annie was robbed! Trumps relative is on the board of Joan’s charity and Joan has her own TV show coming on NBC.

  • janice

    My husband and I absolutely thought Joan caused the fiasco (the whole show). We can’t imagine what every one else is seeing including Trump to not call Joan’s hand. Look’s fishy to us.

  • arcticjoe

    David Tutera, you sound like an idiot. Joan was telling you what she wanted, but clearly you didn’t get it. I would have fired your ass.

  • pete

    Joan Rivers did not win last night, but the inability of Donald Trump to do the right thing, and take a postion that would have compromised his relationships with the NY Media and certain celebrity cicles, is what won Joan the title. Joan was totally unprofessional, rude, obnoxious and felt that she was entitled to act and say whatever she wanted. The fix was in, and just look how her daughter acted, when she got fired. The apple does not fall far from the tree. I will not be watching this show going forward.

  • Robert

    Joan was so in the wrong and Trump just ignored the facts. I won’t watch the program again since its definitely fixed. After all Piers was on an NBC show, What affiliation does Joan have with GE/NBC? ANY GUESS?

  • M

    Why would I comment. When I do you never post it, so it’s a waste of my time.

  • Mike Prescott

    David Tutera is one of the best event planners in the world. That should tell it all that Joan Rivers was a complete idiot. Joan didn’t even know who David is. It wasn’t even fair that Annie got David’s employee and not him, it was rigged for Joan already. NBC also has a new show with Joan. The fact that she won 3 out of 5 is irrelevant. I think Annie scored 20, 20, 18, 18, 18 in the 5 categories while Joan scored 3, 3, 20, 20, 20. Annie’s total is still higher. If you notice when Trump’s daughter goes over the last 3 categories she flew threw them like she was disgusted to have to lie. Overall it was a terrible and disgusting way for Annie to lose. They could’ve made it look less obvious they set it up for Joan. I guarantee if you showed all the episodes to people who are objective Annie would’ve won easily.

  • glp57

    No matter what the outcome was, clearly Annie was the winner by a long-shot – just as Pierce had said a few episodes ago – it’s all about how you play the game. Annie played the game from the 1st episode to the finale… . My husband and I were so frustrated watching week after week, Joan and Melissa acting out like spoiled children always wanting to get the last word…. And it was frustrating watching DT continue to let them (Joan & Melissa) over-talk everyone – yes including you MR TRUMP!! Annie won the most money, challenges – and hearts of America!! Joan got the sympathy vote because she is a “Sr Citizen”…….. DT what was the deal 2 for one… you had to hire the mother and daughter duo or it was a no-go??????

  • ParkAveBlond

    I’m shocked that Annie did not win. She was so much more skilled, classy and professional. Shame on the DT for selecting Joan the loser.Joan should have given the party planner ideas like Annie did – it was to be her creation. She is a checkbook party planner, pay for it and it happens.
    It seems as if this Joan and daughter are simply abusive and unkind… and rather foul mouthed too.

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