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Monday
Mar112013

Dee Snider Fired on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice"

Adam Olszewski/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's episode of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice kicked off where last week's debut installment ended: with the unexpected vote-off of former winner Bret Michaels.

Dee Snider took the reins for team Plan B, while Omorosa took charge of team Power as project manager, for a photo-themed event to promote Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando, Fla.

The teams were transported to Florida aboard Donald Trump's personal 757, and were informed they had to create a 3D photo experience to promote the park.

Both teams hit snags creatively.  Omorosa asked far too much of Universal's in-house production department when she asked them to help her team make her Universal-themed photo booth, while Dee on team Plan B came up with an idea that seemed as flat as its execution: cardboard cut-outs of the show's cast wearing Universal Studios T-shirts.

While Gary Busey tickled patrons who posed for pictures, Marilu Henner showcased her unusually powerful memory, impressing park attendees by naming the day of the week on which they were born.

Team Power's booth was far more interactive, with the team members ferrying fans through different movie-themed booths that attracted a much larger crowd.

In the boardroom, both teams weighed the pros and cons of each other's presentations, and once again confirmed Trump doesn't wear a hairpiece.

But Snider's team lost, and in an unusual display of an emotion other than anger, Omorosa broke down crying.  She earned $40,000 for the Sue Duncan Children's Foundation, the charity favored by Michael Clarke Duncan, her late fiancee.

For one, her teammate Dennis Rodman didn't buy the tears, muttering to Gary Busey that the reality show villain earned an Oscar.

In the boardroom, Trump faked out Dee's team by pretending to fire Penn Jillette, because he didn't stick up for his own idea, which utilized a magic theme.

Dee took Stephen Baldwin back to the boardroom because he said he didn't trust him, and Busey because of his "limited skill set."

In the end, however, Trump declared the loss was Snider's responsibility and fired him.

The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice returns next Sunday, March 17, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct152012

Donald Trump Raises the Stakes in "All Star Celebrity Apprentice"

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is set to return to TV, but it's not to discuss politics.  The Donald will return to NBC in March with All Star Celebrity Apprentice, an edition that pits 14 of the reality show's favorite celebs against each other to battle it out for $250,000 for charity.

A number of past winners, including Arsenio Hall, Piers Morgan, John Rich and Joan Rivers, will return, but only as advisers in the boardroom.

Trump says past winner Bret Michaels, however, insisted on going through the entire competition again.

Trump tells ABC News Radio, Michaels "wanted to go through the whole process again and take the chance...at being fired."

The Poison frontman, who won season three, said he just couldn't sit on the sidelines.  He wants to compete, and is not changing his winning strategy. 

"I'm going to give 1,000 percent.  And...every one of [my competitors] is going to do the same thing," Michaels said, adding, "I've realized [that] they're all coming after me."

Brande Roderick is one of the competitors.  The former Playmate tells ABC News Radio, "I went back and watched over 75 episodes of Celebrity Apprentice to size up my opponents, the tasks, everything.  So I'm coming in fully prepared and I can guarantee no one else on this cast has done that."

Others such as Trace Adkins are back to compete, but for a very different reason -- his charity.  As a finalist in Celebrity Apprentice in 2008, the country singer raised money for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network.  This time he's switched his charity to the American Red Cross for a very personal reason.

"Last year when my home burned and I was in Alaska, they showed up and they were there," Adkins, a father of five daughters, said.  "And they immediately started taking care of my family...I'm so appreciative that they were there when I couldn't be.  I owe them and I try to repay my debts."

All Star Celebrity Apprentice will also feature La Toya Jackson, rapper Lil’ Jon, actress Lisa Rinna, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, model Claudia Jordan, magician Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actress Marilu Henner and actors Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey.

All Star Celebrity Apprentice returns to NBC on Sunday nights in March 2013.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Oct122012

Donald Trump Announces "Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars" Contestants

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Celebrity Apprentice has caught the all-star bug.  Donald Trump announced the cast of Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars on Friday's Today show.

The 14 celebs and former contestants returning to compete for their favorite charities include returning champion Bret Michaels, La Toya Jackson, rapper Lil’ Jon, actress Lisa Rinna, basketball legend Dennis Rodman, reality TV star Omarosa Manigault, model Claudia Jordan, country superstar Trace Adkins, actress and former Playboy playmate Brande Roderick, Las Vegas headliner Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actress Marilu Henner, actor Stephen Baldwin and Oscar nominee Gary Busey.

Production on season 13 of the show begins next week.  Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars returns to NBC in March.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
May222012

Will Arsenio Hall Host Talk Show Once Again?

Brad Barket/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Arsenio Hall is looking to build on the momentum of his Celebrity Apprentice win on Sunday, according to TMZ. 

Hall beat out former American Idol finalist Clay Aiken, and now, NBC and two other networks are reportedly "very interested" in signing the comic and former talk-show host to a deal. 

Hall’s first talker, The Arsenio Hall Show went off the air in 1994.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb172012

NBC's 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Returns Sunday

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Eighteen celebrities go to work for Donald Trump on the fifth season of The Celebrity Apprentice, premiering Sunday night on NBC.

As usual, the cast will be divided into two teams that will compete against one another in weekly challenges in an effort to raise money for charity.  At the end of the season, Trump will give a $250,000 bonus check to the winner.

The Celebrity Apprentice begins at 9 p.m. with a two-hour episode.  Here's the complete cast list:

- Adam Carolla, radio and podcast host
- Arsenio Hall, comic, former late-night chat show host
- Aubrey O'Day, singer, dancer, actress
- Cheryl Tiegs, model, actress
- Clay Aiken, former American Idol runner-up
- Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
- Debbie Gibson, singer
- Dee Snider, DJ and musician, Twisted Sister
- George Takei, actor, Star Trek
- Lisa Lampanelli, stand-up comedienne
- Lou Ferrigno, bodybuilder and actor, The Incredible Hulk
- Michael Andretti, race car driver
- Patricia Velasquez, model
- Paul Teutul, Sr., bike builder, American Chopper
- Penn Jillette, magician
- Teresa Guidice, Real Housewives of New Jersey
- Tia Carrere, actress, True Lies
- Victoria Gotti, author and reality TV mom, Growing Up Gotti

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Jan042012

New 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Revealed

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- NBC has announced the new cast for the upcoming season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The show, which returns Feb. 12 at 9 p.m. ET, will pit stars ranging from former talk show host Arsenio Hall to Real Housewives of New Jersey's combative Teresa Guidice against each other in Donald Trump's boardroom, with the proceeds going to charity.

Here's the complete cast list:

Adam Carolla, radio and podcast host
Arsenio Hall, comic, former late-night chat show host
Aubrey O'Day, singer, dancer, actress
Cheryl Tiegs, model, actress
Clay Aiken, former American Idol runner-up
Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008
Debbie Gibson, singer
Dee Snider, DJ and musician, Twisted Sister
George Takei, actor, Star Trek
Lisa Lampanelli, stand-up comedienne
Lou Ferrigno, bodybuilder and actor, The Incredible Hulk
Michael Andretti, race car driver
Patricia Velasquez, model
Paul Teutul, Sr., bike builder, American Chopper
Penn Jillette, magician
Teresa Guidice, Real Housewives of New Jersey
Tia Carrere actress, True Lies
Victoria Gotti, author and reality TV mom, Growing Up Gotti

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
May162011

If Trump Runs for President, What Happens to 'Celebrity Apprentice'? 

Bill Clark/Roll Call(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has teased that he'll announce during the finale of this season's Celebrity Apprentice whether he'll run for president.  And if his answer is yes, does that mean the show will go away?

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt says the network is already working on a possible solution.

"We'll bring the show back," Greenblatt said via a conference call about the network's fall schedule.  "We will bring the show back and there will be somebody else sitting at the head of the boardroom table."

However, declares Greenblatt, "I'm still hoping we'll have Donald back in the seat." 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Apr282011

Is Trump's 'Birther' Crusade Hurting 'Celebrity Apprentice'?

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Donald Trump's pursuit of President Obama's birth certificate has made him a superstar in some political circles -- and a supervillain in others -- a media research company claims Trump's politics are hurting his reality show.

According to data from National Media Inc., which places political ads on television, the audience for The Celebrity Apprentice ranks among the most liberal of any primetime show.

"I was surprised to find that The Celebrity Apprentice was so liberal, because the audience for Survivor is fairly Republican," said National Media Inc.'s senior vice president for research, Will Feltus.

The Atlantic, which exclusively obtained the data, alleges that left-leaning Celebrity Apprentice audience is down from last year and "falling fast," as Trump continues campaigning against the president, who on Wednesday released his birth certificate in an effort to finally put to rest rumors that he wasn't born in Hawaii.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Mar052011

Lil Jon, Mark McGrath Ready to Compete on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The fourth installment of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice debuts this Sunday night and it's an unusually music-heavy lineup this year.

Among the contestants:  Rapper Lil Jon, Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath, music legend Dionne Warwick, classic rocker Meat Loaf, David Cassidy -- who was the Justin Bieber of his day; country star John Rich and Latoya Jackson, Michael Jackson's sister.

The contestants will be split into two teams and compete against each other in a series of business-related challenges around New York City to raise money for their favorite charities.  The eventual winner will be "hired" by Donald Trump and earn the title of "The Celebrity Apprentice," as well as an extra $250,000 thousand for their charity.

Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath, who's also hosted Don't Forget the Lyrics! and co-hosted the TV show Extra, says he wants to win because, as he puts it, "I've already done two jobs I can't do: sing and host.  So why not be the next Celebrity Apprentice?"  Mark explains that he makes a good contestant because, out of all the others competing, he's "done the most with the least."  He says since he doesn't have the best singing voice, and he's not a businessman.

"I've really had to sorta over-compensate for things I don't do well....I've had to really sort of tap into my own senses and make it happen," McGrath said.

Lil Jon, who hasn't had a big hit on his own in a couple of years, says he's competing so that people can see a different side of him.

"I think people underestimate because I'm the rap guy, I'm a crazy guy, screaming all the time,” Jon said. “But that doesn't mean that I'm not intelligent."

"A lot of stuff that I'm involved in is about branding...I have a couple different businesses...so I want to prove they are wrong."

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