September 27, 2016

Donald Trump reveals next “Celebrity Apprentice” cast


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Who will be fired? Someone from this group.

Donald Trump announced the latest crop of “celebrities” for the upcoming season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Competing for the top prize will be:

MEN:
Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, Adam Carolla, the “Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno, Penn Jillette, Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, “Star Trek” icon George Takei, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul, Sr.

WOMEN:
Cheryl Tiegs, Debbie Gibson, Tia Carrere, Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, Aubrey O’Day, Patricia Velásquez, and star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice.

“This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will be the most exciting yet,” Trump ensured. “The show will be great, with a record number of contestants and 15 episodes. We are thrilled to bring 18 new and talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring. This will be season 12 — Amazing.”

From the release:

All 18 business-savvy celebrity contestants will compete with the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity, following in the footsteps of previous winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and John Rich.

The celebrities will be subject to long hours, grueling deadlines, intellectual challenges, personality clashes, and intense scrutiny under the careful watch of Donald Trump and his advisors, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump. Last season, “Celebrity Apprentice” raised a record amount for the contestants’ charities, donating over $3.1 million to charity.

“We’ve never seen such a smart and funny group as this year’s lineup of celebrities,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “‘Celebrity Apprentice’ is better than ever, and it’s all for a great purpose – raising millions for charity.”

“Celebrity Apprentice” airs Sundays at 9:00p.m. ET/PT on NBC

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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