Mark and Marlee could go far. Dionne, it seems, can't efficiently run a cash register or speak directly to someone who is deaf. She's just arrogant as hell.

Was it Gary Busey who just compared Mark McGrath to the hood ornament on your car of creativity? Or something?

Whatever was said, I agree. Last week on “The Celebrity Apprentice” premiere, Mark stood out to me with his positive energy — for everyone on team Backbone — during the pizza challenge. This week the children’s book story — based around Lil Jon, which is hilarious — was his idea. Everyone seems to like him and he’s a creative, likable guy who knows how to stay on task. If he stays on this track, he should win.

Never let these two crazy fools work together.

John Rich is another standout. He raised a lot of money last week and he’s a creative force this week. Jose Canseco is annoying. The sooner he’s fired the better. Gary Busey is a homeless drama queen. There are as many divas on the men’s side as the women’s.

I felt sorry for Meat Loaf when he screwed up the logistics, but things turned out well for him in the end.

(Although, I’m all set with all this tearful “Thank you, Mr. Trump!” gushing. Mr. Trump wasted a full minute talking abou Lisa Rinna’s lip reduction and how much he effing hates tattoos. Mr. Trump is what we generously call “eccentric.”)

Meanwhile, the women of A.S.A.P. are imploding. They bullied and sabotaged Lisa Rinna and tried to make her fail, which was both stupid and sad. It seems like only last week that the increasingly insufferable Star Jones made her heartfelt speech about how women can work well together. Not quite.

I’m tired of Star, but I think she’s sticking around. She’s the head mean girl. She raised more than $40,000 last week and that definitely displayed some staying power. Dionne Warwick, on the other hand, is useless. She needs to leave now. I can’t believe how rude Dionne was to Marlee Matlin. Dionne wouldn’t even look at Marlee. So deafness is not the right kind of diversity for Dionne? Wow. I lost total respect for her.

I like the idea of LaToya Jackson as a lion. That’s fine, even if a shy lion isn’t that original. They could jazz it up. The group didn’t have to go with hearing impairment, but the idea that it’s too heavy or hard to understand is truly ignorant.

Star Jones is the Queen B*tch of this season, with NeNe Leakes as her toadie.

Anyway, I’m really starting to love “The Celebrity Apprentice.” I have fond memories of the showdown between Joan Rivers and Annie Duke. I predict just as many below-the-belt insults this season.

Here are the celebs of Apprentice, in order of my preference:

* Mark McGrath
* John Rich
* Marlee Matlin
* Meat Loaf
* Niki Taylor
*  Lil Jon
* La Toya Jackson
* Richard Hatch
* NeNe Leakes
* Gary Busey
* Hope Dworaczyk (Who?)
* Jose Canseco
* Star Jones
* Dionne Warwick
* David Cassidy — ELIMINATED 1ST
* Lisa Rinna — ELIMINATED 2ND


Read my “Celebrity Apprentice” recaps here.