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All-Star Season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" Begins Sunday Night

Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice returns for its sixth season on Sunday night, but with a new twist.

For the first time, the competition is inviting back past contestants for an "all-star" season. Fourteen celebrities will compete for Trump, including 2010 Celebrity Apprentice champ Bret Michaels, 2008 runner-up Trace Adkins, the always-wacky Gary Busey, Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan, actress Marilu Henner, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

Adkins says he's going into the show with a different mindset than the one he had when he last competed on The Celebrity Apprentice. He explains, "I did change my strategy, 'cause the first time I was on there, I didn't have a strategy. I didn't know what I was doing. I'd never watched The Apprentice before....I got there, and I didn't know what I was going to do."

Jordan is also taking a new approach -- she tells ABC News Radio that during the upcoming season, she's going to "stand up for myself a lot more [and] not be afraid to throw someone under the bus that deserves it."

Henner learned a few pointers from former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan that she'll implement in the upcoming season.  "You have to make sure your entire team knows all the rules, exactly what the objective of the task is, who's going to be assigned what and really pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of everyone," she tells ABC News Radio.

In contrast, Rodman isn't changing his strategy at all. "I mean it won't be that much different. It's just think it's more like me having fun this time," he said. "It's going to be more of a...comic relief than anything this time because I'm just going to laugh at everybody."

As usual, the stars will be divided into two teams as they attempt to raise money for their respective charities. The ultimate goal for each contestant is to win the grand prize: a bonus donation of 250 thousand dollars.

Trump will rely on his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- plus Celebrity Apprentice alumni Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers and John Rich -- to serve as his advisers.

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, the 14th season in The Apprentice franchise, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Here's a list of celebrities who will return to Trump's boardroom:

* Trace Adkins, country singer
* Stephen Baldwin, actor, brother of Alec
* Gary Busey, Oscar-nominated actor
* Marilu Henner, former Taxi star
* La Toya Jackson, singer, sister of Michael
* Penn Jillette, magician
* Lil Jon, rapper
* Claudia Jordan, Deal or No Deal model
* Omarosa, rose to fame as season-one Apprentice contestant
* Bret Michaels, Poison frontman
* Lisa Rinna, actress
* Brande Roderick, model
* Dennis Rodman, former NBA star
* Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman

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Donald Trump Threatens to Sue Organizer of 'Dump Trump' Campaign

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Dump Trump?  Not if Donald Trump has his way.

The Apprentice star is threatening to sue the organizer of a campaign, dubbed Dump Trump, which he claims has interfered with his business relationship with Macy's.  The department store carries Trump's line of clothes, and he has appeared in its commercials.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trump's attorney has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Angelo Carusone, the organizer of Dump Trump.

The campaign includes a petition on urging Macy's to sever ties with The Donald, citing his "unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior."  As one example, the petition argues that Trump has "perpetuated the racially charged birther conspiracy, repeatedly arguing that President Obama has been lying and was not born in the United States."

The campaign has also been featured on mobile billboards in New York and Cincinnati, where Macy's is headquartered.

In his letter, Trump's lawyer argues that Carusone's mission has been to interfere with Trump's relationship with Macy's and other parties "through mob-like bullying and coercion."  The letter threatens a lawsuit of at least $25 million if the campaign continues.

Carusone isn't backing down, telling The Hollywood Reporter that Trump is the one who engages in bullying and that Trump's brand is "inconsistent with the Macy's brand."

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Donald Trump Calls Karl Rove 'a Total Loser'

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Karl Rove is finding out what it's like to get on Donald Trump's bad side.

Trump, the real estate mogul and host of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, loves to pick fights and his latest is with former President George W. Bush's once highly regarded adviser who's taken heat for Super PACs that failed to deliver big GOP wins in the last election.

Never one to hold back, Trump tweeted on Thursday, "Why are people giving money to Karl Rove when he just wasted $400M without any victories?"

Then there was, "Use your head. Karl Rove is a total loser. Money given to him might as well be thrown down the drain. Karl Rove’s strategy and commercials were the worst I have ever seen."

In one sense, Rove might be welcoming the vitriol as proof that the Republican Party needs to excise loose cannons like Trump, who often wind up doing more harm than good.

Rove is also at odds with Tea Party groups, contending that they're pushing the GOP in an extreme direction that will hurt the party in elections down the road.

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Donald Trump Scores $5 Million Victory in Miss USA Lawsuit

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump has logged a legal victory against Miss USA hopeful Sheena Monnin, who claimed the pageant was "fixed."

Trump filed suit against Monnin on behalf of the Miss Universe Organization after she blasted the competition on the Today show.   

The New York Post reports that late last week, retired U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz agreed with Trump that Monnin defamed the organization -- and awarded it $5 million in damages.

"While I feel very badly for Sheena, she did the wrong thing," Trump told the paper.  "She was really nasty, and we had no choice.  It is an expensive lesson for her."

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Donald Trump Twitter Tirade Continues with Criticism of Brian Williams

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- If you read Donald Trump's Twitter feed after the election was called for President Obama Tuesday night, you know that he was not happy with the results.  A day later, he hadn't calmed down, and he let out his frustration in part by ripping NBC News' Brian Williams.

During his network's election coverage Tuesday night, the NBC Nightly News anchor poked fun at Trump while calling attention to The Celebrity Apprentice star's tweets claiming the country is divided and needs a revolution. 

Williams said Trump had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

Trump is not one to back down from a good feud, and Wednesday was no exception.  He posted several negative tweets about Williams, beginning with, "@bwilliams knows that I think his newscast has become totally boring so he took a shot at me last night."

Trump continued, "The only thing more boring than @bwilliams newscast is his show Rock Center which is totally dying in the ratings — a disaster!...Brian -- Thanks dummy -- I picked up 70,000 twitter followers yesterday alone. Cable News just passed you in the ratings."

It didn't end there.  Trump also wrote, "Brian Williams was never a smart guy but always passes himself off as such. People will learn the truth! Brian, if I'm 'well past the last exit to relevance' how come you spent so much time reading my tweets last night?"

Trump has deleted a few of his tweets from Tuesday night, including the "revolution" comment as well as an inaccurate remark that Obama lost the popular vote.

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After Obama Victory, Donald Trump Rants on Twitter

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s Donald Trump vs. the world in the wake of President Obama’s second-term win. Late Tuesday, after Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was certain, the billionaire real estate mogul and one-time 2012 presidential contender tweeted, “Well, back to the drawing board!”

He got more disgruntled as the night went on.

“We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,” Trump continued. "Our nation is totally divided! Lets fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!"

And then:

“Our country is now in serious and unprecedented trouble…like never before. Our nation is a once great nation divided! The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy. Hopefully the House of Representatives can hold our country together for four more years…stay strong and never give up! House of Representatives shouldn’t give anything to Obama unless he terminates Obamacare.”

And lest we forget:

“This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”

Hollywood was quick to hate on him.

Alec Baldwin tweeted, ”@realdonaldtrump. You trust the voters when they choose The Apprentice. But not now?”

“Hey Trump, did you see Mitt Romney’s concession speech? That’s what graciousness and good hair looks like,” “Modern Family” executive producer Steve Levitan wrote.

Mark Ruffalo tweeted, "Donald Trump just called for a Revolution. Doesn’t like democracy I guess.”

Here's how other celebrities reacted on Twitter late Tuesday and early Wednesday to the news of President Obama's re-election:

-- Katy Perry: "DONE AND DUSTED!!!"

-- Eva Longoria: "We did it!!! Obama re-elected!!!!! Yes!! Yes We Can!"


-- Mark Ruffalo: "Obama just took Ohio!!!!! ITs over. TKO WE HAVE OUR PRESIDENT!!! BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!!!"

-- Zoe Saldana: "Barack Obama!!! The 44th President of The United States of America. God bless America, once again!- ZS."

-- Kal Penn, who once served as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement: "Young people, you fought hard & pushed for #progress and this is historic & awesome! Congratulations, Mr. President!"

-- Olivia Munn: "Four More Years!!!! @BarackObama is our 43rd AND 44th PRESIDENT!!!!

-- Octavia Spencer: "CRYING MY EYES OUT RIGHT NOW! AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL! #SoProudOfTeamObama and everyone that i got to meet on the ground!"

-- Kerry Washington: "Wow! Wow! Wow! #Obama2012 YOU DID IT AMERICA! YOU DID IT!"

-- Gabrielle Union: "YES. WE. DID...AGAIN!!! #Obama2012 #Forward THANK YOU AMERICA!!!!!"

-- Billy Ray Cyrus: "Congratulations Mr President ! Congratulations America ...the process worked ...and freedom rings."

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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 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.

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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.

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Second Miss USA Contestant Claims Pageant Was Rigged

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is facing more allegations that his Miss USA pageant, held in Las Vegas earlier this month, was rigged.

His Miss Universe Organization, which runs the pageant, is suing former Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin after she claimed on Facebook that a fellow contestant said she'd learned of the pageant's top five ahead of the show. Trump has denied Monnin's allegations.

Now, a second contestant is making similar claims. The contestant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to, says she saw Miss Florida USA Karina Brez backstage during the pageant, and that Brez "was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls."

Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island was crowned the new Miss USA.

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Trump Proposes Compromise for Resigned Miss Pennsylvania

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is not known to back down from his words, but when it comes to a beauty queen he may be willing to compromise.

The business magnate and chair of the Miss Universe Organization has stepped back – with one condition – on his decision to sue Sheena Monnin, the former Miss Pennsylvania USA who called last weekend’s Miss USA pageant “fraudulent” and resigned her crown.

He won’t sue if the former title holder apologizes to him in a written statement within 24 hours, his spokesman said last night.

“Donald Trump believes in giving everyone a second chance, including Ms. Sheena Monnin,” Michael D. Cohen, executive VP and special counsel to Trump, told E! News Wednesday.

“Accordingly, if Ms. Monnin in a writing received by Mr. Trump within the next 24 hours apologizes and withdraws her utterly baseless claim that the Miss USA pageant results were predetermined, then and only then will Mr. Trump and the Miss USA Organization not proceed with litigation against Ms. Monnin seeking massive damages for her defamatory and offensive remarks,” the statement read.

Trump’s slight bend toward contrition came just hours after the mogul made a round of fiery media appearances in which he accused Monnin of being a sore loser and not being pretty enough to be among the top 15 finalists in Sunday’s Miss USA pageant.

“We will be bringing a lawsuit against her,” Trump said on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday.  “She lost and if you look at her compared to the people who were in the top 15, you would understand why she’s not in the top 15. It’s a very, very sad situation.”

Monnin resigned her Miss Pennsylvania title and quit the Miss Universe Organization this week after charging that Sunday’s Miss USA pageant was rigged.

“Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization,” the 27-year-old beauty queen posted on her Facebook page Monday. “In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy.”

Monnin claimed that another contestant saw the list of the top five finalists before the show even started, a claim Trump quickly denied.

“My people said that they’ve already interviewed that person and that person said it’s not true,” Trump said on GMA.  “Ernst & Young is one of the great, respected accounting firms. They do the tabulation.”

“It’s not like we care who the final contestants are. You take the 16 and you go down to 10 to five and then you have a winner and then it’s all tabulated. The judges are all celebrities and they make their pick and that’s the end of it,” he said.

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