Bret Michaels Meltdown: Rocker Takes Celebrity Apprentice Elimination Hard

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No one can accuse Bret Michaels of mailing anything in.

The Poison rocker took his first elimination from Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars personally and less than gracefully the other night, breaking down off camera.

Bret reportedly was "stunned" by the "brutal" elimination.

"Bret was crying and totally distraught after he was fired," a show insider said. "It was just a mess when Bret was told the news and filming was done."

The 2009 winner "couldn't stop crying ... even the producers were trying to comfort him. No one expected him to have a meltdown like that."

"Bret went into the show believing he was going to win again," a source close to the star said. "He could not believe he was let go so quickly."

"It was brutal to watch him freaking out the way he did."

Michaels, who was playing on behalf of the Life Rocks Foundation-National Philanthropic Trust on the NBC reality show, turns 50 this month.

Do you think he deserved to get the boot Sunday?

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