Midway through the two-hour show, Johnson visited Trump in his private office and said he had to go home because of ubspecified family problems. He offered to return if possible, but Trump said he would have missed too many tasks.
It was one of two family problems the men's team, RockSolid, was dealing with this week. Rocker Bret Michaels, who has battled diabetes for most of his life, learned that his daughter was being tested for the same disease.
He told his teammates about it and asked for their support, telling them he would leave only if it were absolutely necessary. Ironically, while Michaels had a near meltdown with his team, it was Johnson, stoically quiet, who actually left.
Despite the problems, the men's team, led by chef Curtis Stone, won the task, which was to create a 30-second TV commercial and a 10-second Web spot for Right Guard deodorant, using one of two NBA stars. Clyde Drexler worked with the men's team and Scotty Pippen was spokesperson for the women, who came up with a catchy jingle for him.
Tenacity, the women's team, has its own personnel issues. Reality TV judge Sharon Osbourne was out sick again and singer Cyndi Lauper was missing for most of the task because she had a date at the White House. Holly Robinson Peete was project manager and she chose to bring Ebanks and wrestler Maria Kanellis back to the boardroom.
She cited Ebanks for contributing too little and Kanellis for making an editing error. Kanellis consistently fired back, saying she asked Peete for input at least twice during the editing process. Ebanks said little in her own defense and was fired be cause Trump said she wasn't tough enough and didn't have "the fire."