The cards are dealt: Joan Rivers vs. Annie Duke in ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ showdown

Joan Rivers Annie Duke

will square off in the finale of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday.

The TV gods must be smiling.

On the April 26 episode, Rivers went ballistic on Duke and her teammate, former Playboy Playmate of the Year

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In a profanity laced tirade, Rivers called Duke a “Nazi” and referred to her as a “white trash” poker player before storming off the set, leaving viewers to wonder if she’d be back.

She came back alright on Sunday night’s show, which didn’t surprise Duke. “Joan is completely full of (poop) in everything she does,” Duke said. “There’s a reason she got fired by the TV Guide Channel: She’s a (bee-otch).”

Those aren't the words she used, but you get the picture.

After this week’s task of creating a jingle and 30-second commercial for Chicken of the Sea, Duke and Rivers were the last women standing.

The three-hour live finale airs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Says Rivers: “I am very unhappy at who I’m playing against because Annie is such a player. Her life is about playing. I will do what I have always done in the past: Put on blinders and do everything I can to win.”

Says Duke: “I don’t think Joan Rivers is a nice person. I don’t think you can be a nice person and say the things she has about me and my friends. I’m now taking this personally.”

Ooooh, we can't wait.

We'll make Mom watch, too.

| Lisa Gutierrez, The Star