By Hillary Busis
Updated April 11, 2011 at 03:45 PM EDT
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If you’ve been watching The Celebrity Apprentice this season, then you’ve probably noticed that human trainwreck Gary Busey has become The Donald’s trump card. Busey is clearly inept, as well as inappropriate (hello, Big Wednesday) — in last week’s episode, every member of his team cited the actor as the group’s weakest link. Yet somehow, almost halfway through the season, Busey still hasn’t been kicked out of the boardroom once and for all. The guy just can’t be eliminated; he’s like the Robin Swallows of reality TV.

The reason behind this, as Celebrity Apprentice expert Dalton Ross has pointed out, is easy enough to understand: Busey’s antics make for great TV. That means Trump is going to go out of his way to justify keeping Busey on the show for as long as he can, regardless of how well the wannabe Apprentice actually performs. Though that strategy makes sense — who would want to watch a series about a bunch of boring, competent people? — it’s also sort of indefensible when the guy being kept around just for kicks is Gary Busey.

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