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'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Hello Chess Master, Goodbye Marilu

May 6th, 2013 2:15pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, project manager Gary Busey ran roughshod over Plan B’s Lisa Rinna and Penn Jillette, and created his own wacky video for the team’s task. The team lost, and despite Gary’s claim that Penn and Lisa had worked against him, Gary was fired. Lil Jon’s team Power won the challenge and $40,000.00 for his charity, the American Diabetes Association.

This week, the teams meet up with Donald Trump and two executives (Rodney and Scott) representing Foxwoods Resorts. With them are John Rich, winner of 2011’s Celebrity Apprentice, and Donald Trump Jr., who will be the teams’ advisors. The cel...
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John Rich Brands Clay Aiken A 'Racist' For His RNC Tweet

August 30th, 2012 9:08am EDT
John Rich
John Rich and Clay Aiken became entangled in a war of words on Twitter.com on Wednesday after the singer accused the former American Idol contestant of sending a racist tweet.

Aiken took to the social networking site while watching the televised Republican National Convention (RNC), pointing out that he could not see many black audience members at the political event.

He wrote, "Playing drinking game with my brother now. We drink every time we see a black person on screen at the RNC convention. Sober as a Mormon."

The comment annoyed staunch Republican Rich, who accused the star of ca...
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'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Teresa Giudice And Lisa Lampanelli Are 'Blown Away'

May 7th, 2012 1:28pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last well, the celebrities were tasked with writing a jingle for Good Sam’s roadside assistance program. On Unanimous, Aubrey O’Day pushed her ideas forward, and teammates Teresa Giudice and Project Manager Arsenio Hall let her. On Team Forte, Dayana Mendoza micromanaged teammates Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli to a loss, and it was Dayana’s turn, as Project Manager, to be fired.

This week on, Celebrity Apprentice: It’s the third to last episode of the series (ends May 20,) so hold on to your hats, folks. We have a task, followed by a Board Room firing, followed by an unexpected visit by t...
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Kelly Clarkson To Star In New TV Singing Show 'Duets'

March 8th, 2012 3:39pm EST
Kelly Clarkson
Former American Idol champion Kelly Clarkson is set to front a new reality TV singing show with Lionel Richie.

The singer, who won the first season of Simon Cowell's talent show in 2002, is becoming a TV judge herself on a new series called Duets, in which a number of stars will head out across America to find a collaborative partner.

Richie will also be joining the show along with Robin Thicke and country star Jennifer Nettles.

During the series, the four stars will go looking for singers to be their duet partner, and each week will feature a performance in front of a studio audience...
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Queen Latifah Launching TV Talent Show

March 6th, 2012 10:19am EST
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah is following in the footsteps of Simon Cowell by launching a new reality TV show with stars including Gloria Estefan and John Rich scouting for talent across the U.S.

The rapper/actress is executive producer of a competition called The Star Next Door, in which celebrity mentors will travel to cities across the country to seek out local performers with potential.

The show will differ from rivals such as American Idol, The X Factor and The Voice by sending the judges out to find potential competitors instead of holding open auditions.

A statement from the CW network reads,...
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Are You Ready For The Next 'Celebrity Apprentice?' 18 New Celebs Named!

January 4th, 2012 7:25pm EST
Tia Carrere
Seems like my long wait for another glimpse of The Donald’s yummy son Don Jr. is nearing an end … “Celebrity Apprentice” will be back for its fifth season premiering Sunday, February 12 at 9pm EST/PST on NBC!

Another 18 celebs will be grinding it out to win the approval of Donald Trump, Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump in the famed boardroom. As always, the chosen include a nice mix of “who the heck is that?” “really? I thought he/she was dead!” and “oh yeah, THAT guy/girl.”

Amongst the men playing are a couple of singers - pop star Clay Aiken, and 80’s Twisted Sister frontman rock star Dee...
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John Rich Kicked Off Plane

December 5th, 2011 10:39pm EST
John Rich
Country star John Rich is at the center of an airport controversy after he was reportedly asked to leave a plane in Las Vegas on Sunday.

TMZ.com reports the Big & Rich star was escorted off a Southwest flight to Tennessee after getting into a verbal argument with several passengers.

A representative for Southwest has confirmed a passenger was kicked off the flight, but would not release the person's name.

The rep says, "Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel under governing federal aviation regulations.

"The customer was re-booked on a l...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' – The Finale - And The Winner is …

May 23rd, 2011 8:54pm EDT
THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE
We start with Donald Trump bombastically proclaiming this season as, of course, the best season ever, thanks to him. Cue the unfolding of a red carpet for the Donald to strut along. Two poor fellows ran before him, unrolling a seemingly endless red carpet until it abruptly runs out, just before the entrance. As they fell to the ground, he tells them …. wait for it! … “You’re Fired.” Oh, that Donald …

We’re down to the Final Two – country star John Rich, and Academy Award winning actress, Marlee Matlin. When we left the duo last week, they were both enmeshed in the creation and production o...
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Donald Trump Makes Toughest Apprentice Decision, Names John Rich 'The Celebrity Apprentice' (Video)

May 23rd, 2011 12:30pm EDT
John Rich name Celebrity Apprentice
Country star John Rich has been named the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice.

The singer saw off competition from Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin in a live finale on Sunday.

Host Donald Trump admitted he struggled with the decision, telling the contestants, "I've never had to go through something like this... You've both been amazing."

Rich picked up a $250,000 prize, which he has pledged to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The series began with 16 celebrity competitors, including David Cassidy, Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey and Mark McGrath.
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Talking 'Celebrity Apprentice' With Marlee Matlin & John Rich

May 22nd, 2011 2:12pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Tonight, NBC's latest edition of The Celebrity Apprentice comes to a close, with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and country music star John Rich going head-to-head for the title and even more money for their respective charities. Before their showdown, both Marlee and John checked in with me to chat about their experiences on the show. They may be the two most gracious opponents I've ever interviewed.

(If you missed it earlier, you can also check out my earlier interview with fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Hope Dworaczyk.)

You've been tough competitors all season long. What do you...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' – Retro Rumble – The Final Two Part 1

May 16th, 2011 11:51am EDT
Retro Rumble
Last week: two terrible OnStar promo videos later, Star Jones was fired. There are now only four Celebrities still in the game; Meat Loaf, Lil Jon, John Rich and Marlee Matlin.

We return to the lounge, where Lil Jon and John Rich are awaiting Trump’s decision. They know that Meat Loaf will give as good as he gets, but worry that Star will triumph again. They are ecstatic to see Meat. But Marlee, the other survivor, is teary and upset. She’s lost her team mate, and the win for her charity. Meat Loaf tries to cheer her up, but she clearly would have preferred Star to remain.

No time to rela...
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'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Laugh On – Recap May 8

May 9th, 2011 1:37pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
So last week, the teams organized “hair” shows, and NeNe Leakes declared war on Star Jones. LaToya Jackson came back, and joined the men’s team. Hope Dworaczyk was pronounced weak and fired.

This week: Continuing from the end of last week’s BoardRoom, we see Lil Jon and John Rich relaxing with LaToya and Marlee Matlin. The men are delighted to have LaToya on their team, but Marlee interviews that she doesn’t think it’s fair that LaToya not only was allowed to come back, but was assigned to work with the men. When Star and NeNe enter the room, NeNe hugs LaToya, but Star grabs her things an...
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Meat Loaf, John Rich, Lil Jon & Mark McGrath Make Charity Single

May 7th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf and his fellow "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants John Rich, Lil Jon and Mark McGrath have recorded a charity single together.

The quartet, who all competed on the current season of the reality show, will give the proceeds from sales of "Standing in the Storm" to the charities they have been raising cash and awareness for on Donald Trump's series.

The track will be released as a download via iTunes next week.

Meat Loaf, Lil Jon and Rich are still in the reality TV competition, while Sugar Ray star McGrath was 'fired' by Trump last month.
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Meat Loaf Ashamed Of Gary Busey Fight On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

May 5th, 2011 10:15pm EDT
Meat Loaf
Rocker Meat Loaf is ashamed of his behavior on Donald Trump's reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, confessing his televised bust-up with actor Gary Busey was "one of the most embarrassing moments" of his life.

The star aimed an angry tirade at Busey, his fellow contestant, after accusing the actor of stealing his art supplies during one creative challenge.

It has become one of the talking points of the current series - and Meat Loaf admits he's not proud that he lost his cool while the cameras were rolling.

Appearing on Thursday's Ellen DeGeneres Show in America, the "Bat Out of Hell" ...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Shear Madness: 'I'm Telling Mr Trump On You'

May 2nd, 2011 11:33pm EDT
THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Shear Madness
After briefly recapping last week’s debacle, it’s time to have a look at the celebrity line-up for this, the ninth episode. Minus castoff LaToya Jackson, Team ASAP is down to 4 ladies; Nene Leakes, Star Jones, Marlee Matlin, and Hope Dworaczyk. The men, Team BackBone, have 3 members; John Rich, Meat Loaf and Lil Jon.

We join John Rich as he visits a patient from St. Jude’s Hospital. He presents a check for $649,900. That’s a chunk of change that the families of the littlest patients can really use.

This week, the celebrities have gathered in a parking garage, where they meet up with Donal...
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'The Celebrity Apprentice' - Bitter Suites - Recap For April 24

April 25th, 2011 12:10pm EDT
Trump Hotel Collection
We’re back in the Party Room, just after losing Gary Busey last week. NeNe Leakes is still sulking about LaToya Jackson not wanting to be her best friend, and Star Jones greets the men of BackBone as they file in for a much needed drink. Meat Loaf and Lil Jon tell the ladies of ASAP a few Busey stories. The men seem almost giggly in their relief. John Rich joins both teams in a toast to a great race.

Hope Dworaczyk brings her check to her visit with Best Buddies, a charity she supports.

A new day for the teams, and especially for NeNe, who is determined they’ll do whatever work they have...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap 'Raising The Steaks' Yummm!

April 18th, 2011 11:30am EDT
Meat Loaf The Celebrity Apprentice
Keeping a team member in play when no one else wants to work with them will damage your overall energy. At Team Backbone this week, John Rich, Lil John, and Meat Loaf were working against a total, soul-sucking, energy hole. The fact that they could even raise their heads enough to try to bring the challenge in was a tribute to each of their commitments to their charities.

Continuing from last week’s firing of Mark McGrath, Backbone was visibly stunned to see Gary Busey walk through the door. Meat Loaf and Lil Jon were clearly unhappy, while John Rich went to a safe place in his mind, decid...
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'Celebrity Apprentice's' NeNe Is 'A Big Bully' - April 10 Recap

April 11th, 2011 11:55am EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
This week: Pirates me Maties! Hope doesn’t show her biggest assets, and paranoia runs deep for LaToya. Oh yeah, and Busey’s STILL here.

Week 5 and I am now having recurring nightmares of Donald Trump’s weird lip movements. Last week, the teams made ‘art’, and sold it for record amounts. Meat Loaf spectacularly lost his temper on Gary Busey for no real reason, and Richard Hatch got the boot, despite the entire team wanting Busey gone. We can only go up from here, right?

Five celebrities now remain per team. LaToya Jackson, realizing that her team think her ineffective and weak, is determin...
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'Celebrity Apprentice's' Meat Loaf Is A Bat Out Of Hell! The Recap

April 4th, 2011 11:07am EDT
Meat Loaf Is A Bat Out Of Hell
This week: Meat Loaf makes a meal of himself in front of the viewing audience, LaToya milks Michael’s fame, and Marlee shows the teams how to bring in the money.

We return to the aftermath of Dionne Warwick’s leaving last week, as the two teams gather. The Men (BackBone) are ecstatic, celebrating their third win in a row, but the Women (ASAP) are in tatters, with NeNe Leakes weeping over Dionne’s rudeness, Star comforting NeNe (“She gone, she gone.”,) and LaToya Jackson telling Lil Jon that she is being set up for a fall. “I know I’m dealing with sneaky, cunning girls, and I’m not used to ...
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'The Celebrity Apprentice' - Dionne Warwick Is 'Off The Hook' – ReCap

March 28th, 2011 11:27am EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
In which I learn very little about video phones, Jose Canseco ‘feels pretty’, and Dionne Warwick learns that The Boss cannot be faked out, no matter how much you need your beauty sleep.

This week’s episode began with several of the Backbone (Men’s) team admitting to Gary Busey and each other that their previous week’s win was due to the group effort, and that they needed to present a strong, united front to the A.S.A.P. (Women’s) team, in order to keep winning. Busey tearfully presented two $20,000 checks to a representative of his charity, The Centre for Head Injury Services, explaining...
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Niki Taylor Wants Dionne Warwick To Sub Out On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

March 24th, 2011 10:53am EDT
Niki Taylor
Niki Taylor remained the ‘class act’ she truly is during a live conference call with the media yesterday. She praised fellow team members Marlee Matlin, NeNe Leakes and Hope Dworaczyk , but did not have any compliments for Dionne Warwick, whom she repeatedly identified as a 70 year old, miserable, woman who did not appear to want to be in the game.

Under questioning, Ms Taylor admitted that, having seen Lisa Rinna savaged by the team the previous week, she worried about her turn as Project Manager, but was the only player who had actually ever been camping. She also felt that, had her team...
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'The Celebrity Apprentice' Teams Are 'Unhappy Campers'

March 21st, 2011 10:15am EDT
'The Celebrity Apprentice' Teams Are 'Unhappy Campers'
Week Three of The Celebrity Apprentice brings with it the big question that audiences are flooding the Internet to ask: will the Donald continue to encourage and reward the bullies of the teams? Weeks One and Two quite clearly showed that Richard Hatch, Star Jones, and even dowager Dionne Warwick, are using the series to pump up their own sadly deflated careers, instead of putting the charities, for which they are nominally playing, to the forefront.

But this week, Richard, Star and Dionne flew way under the radar. The challenge: create an outdoor camping experience – “Camping in the 21st ...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: The Women's Alliance Falters (Duh)

March 15th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Celebrity Apprentice
Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" challenges what we define as reality. To a man chained in a dark cave for all of his life, reality is darkness - it is not until he is freed that his perception of reality is changed. Now, imagine that instead of darkness, this prisoner was forced to watch women on reality TV.

Okay, so maybe I'm reaching, but the fact remains that women in reality television are generally presented as backstabbers that cannot get along. These women also jump at the chance to switch over to the men's team, if the opportunity presents itself. "Finally, I don't have to deal with...
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'Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: The Pepperoni Profit Preaches

March 7th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Celebrity Apprentice
Alright, time to forget all the "real" people trying to become Donald Trump's next Apprentice - let's get back to the spectacle that is Celebrity Apprentice. Last night we Dionne Warwick struggling with a credit card machine, Gary Busey wandering into traffic dressed like a TV evangelist, and Lisa Rinna was giving the most two-faced performance in Celebrity Apprentice premiere history.

After their dramatic entrances, Donald ups the ante by talking on rooftops and being escorted by The Rockettes. After a few introductions (including Marlee Matlin's interpreter - more on this later) and cele...
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New 'Celebrity Apprentice' Cast Includes Gary Busey, La Toya Jackson & Lisa Rinna

January 14th, 2011 8:33am EST
The Celebrity Apprentice
NBC just announced the celebrity lineup of candidates appearing on the next season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," premiering on Sunday, March 6th at 9pm EST/PST.

The women include: Hope Dworaczyk, La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, NeNe Leakes, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Dionne Warwick.

The men include: Gary Busey, Jose Canseco, David Cassidy, Richard Hatch, Lil Jon, Meat Loaf, Mark McGrath and John Rich.

"The next season of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' will be the most exciting yet. We are thrilled to bring back the celebrity format with 16 new and unbelievably talented celebrit...
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Keith Urban Honored By ACM

September 22nd, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Keith Urban
Keith Urban was among the stars honored by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) in Tennessee on Monday night, winning praise for his long-running international career.

The big names of country music gathered at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for the star-studded show which saw performances from acts including John Rich, Kenny Rogers and Martina McBride. Urban was presented with the Jim Reeves International Award and he used his acceptance speech to relive the moment he was introduced to country music at a Johnny Cash concert when he was just a child.

He told the crowd, "I couldn't say it w...
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Chely Wright Contemplated Suicide After 'Meltdown'

May 4th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Chely Wright
Gay country star Chely Wright considered taking her own life after personal conflicts over her sexuality led to a "meltdown".

The singer 'came out' as a lesbian this week, announcing the news in an interview with People magazine. Wright admits she felt pressured to keep her sexuality a secret throughout her career, and her internal struggles reached boiling point after an emotional conversation with fellow country star John Rich.

She tells Access Hollywood, "He said, 'You're not gay are you?' I said, 'No, John, I'm not.' He said, 'Good, thank God.' And that began a spiral for me. I had ...
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