Everyone’s a Winner on VH1’s ‘I Want to Work for Diddy’ Finale (UPDATE)

So my ears did not deceive me and what I heard was true. Last week on VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy, the man himself, gave the insufferable Kim a.k.a. “Poprah” the boot. Because, the producers recognize that Americans love their crazy and will tune in, sometimes in droves, to watch it do its thing (hence the popularity of Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and Tiny Fey as Palin on SNL), they brought Poprah back for the final show — not as a contestant — but as an amusing pre-show to the final showdown.

And big momma showed up and showed out. She tried to plead her case to Capricorn and Norma, two of Diddy’s former assistants. They were hearing none of it.  Norma called her behavior — telling Diddy, when he requested a guest list for an upcoming showcase featuring Janelle Monae, she didn’t have it and could not “invent” one to give to him — insubordinate.

Poprah, who appeared somewhat humble and remorseful (“I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful.”) when she stood before the women, really let it rip during her confessionals. “[This] is not about a skill set. This is about how much you can kiss his ass…[There’s} no justification for you to fire someone of my caliber,” she ranted. And she had the nerve to make this delusional prognostication: “One day, [Diddy} might work with me. One day, he might work for me.”

After they finally escorted Kim “Poprah” out of the building, the final three, Stephanie, Suzanne, and Mike, redistributed the tasks and worked together to make the showcase a success.

I have to admit, the show lost its spark after Poprah’s departure.  No hollering, fighting, screaming, calling people out of their names, just three very competent and professional people doing what is asked of them to the best of their ability.  Unfortunately, this kind of civilized behavior is not the hallmark of the reality television that we (okay, I’ve) come to know and love. (Hey, did you see the I Love Money finale?  Hoopz won it all. I should be ashamed of myself for watching. But I’m not.)

So, the final three had to do a presentation in front of Diddy in which they had to bring three objects that exemplify what they would bring to the table as Bad Boy employees. Mike and Suzanne did well. Poor Stephanie. She screwed up and couldn’t figure out why. Her jack-in-the-box, sambo-looking monkey went over like a lead ballon, and the 21-year-old blond recent college graduate was shown the door.

For their final task, Mike and Suzanne, had to pack a room-full of Diddy’s clothes for his trip to the Cannes Film Festival. As they finished loading his clothes into an awaiting plane, Diddy descends from the heavens (No he’s not Jesus. He just thinks he is) transported by a helicopter. He emerges, escorted by Phil Robinson, his former manager and Capricorn, his former assistant. The final elimination takes place on the tarmac where Suzanne is chosen to work for Diddy. (“You want to make history with me?” he asks.). She gets into the plane with Diddy and the door closes.

But wait…Just went you when you are about to shed a tear for Mike, who is standing on the tarmac watching the plane begin its taxi on the runway, the plane stops. The door opens. And out steps Diddy. He invites MIke to come along as well. So both Mike are Suzanne are working for Diddy.

I don’t know whether to say, “Congratulations” or “My prayers are with you.”


I Want to Work for Diddy 2 premieres on Monday, November 2 at 10 p.m. on VH1. I’m expecting more cutthroat craziness. And you?

Here’s the trailer


‘I Want to Work for Diddy 2’ Winner Takes It to the End Zone

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