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NBC Execs Seek Donald Trump's Replacement On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

9/4/2015 9:25am EDT
Donald Trump
With Donald Trump seeking the presidential nomination, NBC executives are working on finding his replacement for "The Celebrity Apprentice."

According to Us Weekly, the network has set its sights on NBA legend and L.A. Dodgers co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. An insider reveals that they all are "being discussed as Trump replacements on Apprentice."

However, not everyone is eager to fill Trump's chair in the boardroom.

A source close to Cuban says he's "not interested" in the gig: "He thinks [his ABC series] Sha...

Leeza Gibbons Triumphs On 'Celebrity Apprentice'

2/17/2015 10:32am EST
Leeza Gibbons Beats Geraldo Rivera On 'Celebrity Apprentice'
Donald Trump picked Leeza Gibbons over Geraldo Rivera as the winner of "Celebrity Apprentice" on Monday night. The seventh season live finale was held at the Trump Tower in New York City.

Television personality and best-selling author Gibbons and talk show host Rivera were tasked with creating a 90-second commercial for Universal Resorts and selling 10 vacation packages for as much money as they could. Gibbons asked her pal Olivia Newton-John to help with the event and raised $324,000. Rivera made $146,000.

Trump said of the season: "We had an incredible season and an incredible set of p...

Keshia Knight Pulliam First Star Kicked Off 'Celebrity Apprentice'

1/6/2015 2:52pm EST
Keshia Knight Pulliam
Former Cosby Show actress Keshia Knight Pulliam was the first star kicked off of the latest season of Celebrity Apprentice during its premiere on Sunday night.

The actress was shown the door after host Donald Trump fired her for not calling in the help of Bill Cosby.

Pulliam was team leader during a fund-raising competition on the show, but her team lost for failing to bring in enough money.

As in seasons past, celebs often call in help to raise funds from their personal contacts to help them win challenges, and and Trump chided her in the boardroom for not calling Cosby.

"I have not ta...

Cast Of 'Celebrity Apprentice' Season 7 Revealed

11/4/2014 2:40pm EST
Kate Gosselin, Kevin Jonas & More To Star On 'Celebrity Apprenti
Donald Trump revealed the names of the cast of "The Celebrity Apprentice" season seven during an appearance on NBC's "Today" this morning.

The contestants are:

Baseball player Johnny Damon
Comedian Gilbert Godfried
Fishing captain Sig Hansen ("Deadliest Catch")
Singer Kevin Jonas from The Jonas Brothers
Actor Lorenzo Lamas ("Renegade," "Falcon Crest")
NFL great Terrell Owens
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera
Actor Ian Ziering ("Sharknado," "Beverly Hills, 90210")
Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson
Actress Vivica A. Fox ("Kill Bill," "Soul Food")
Telvision star Leeza Gibbons
Reality star Brand...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Trump Hires Trace Adkins As This Year’s All-Star!

5/20/2013 2:58pm EDT
Trump Hires Trace Adkins As This Year’s All-Star!
It’s been a long time coming. All Star Celebrity Apprentice began 12 weeks ago, when 14 celebrities gathered to show off their entrepreneurial skills. This week, the race is down to the two finalists, Penn Jillette and Trace Adkins, battling to the end for the title, and for their charities.

As Penn tells Trace backstage, “One of us will win. But not by much.”

Live, from New York City, Donald Trump pronounces it the battle of Nashville vs. Las Vegas. A montage of past moments is shown, culminating with a continuation of last week’s challenge. The finalists were tasked with creating a new ...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Down To 2 As Finale Battle Begins

5/13/2013 2:27pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, the teams were tasked with designing a luxury suite in Brooklyn’s Barclay Centre. Power’s Marilu Henner, with help from Lil Jon and Trace Adkins, lost to Plan B’s Lisa Rinna and Penn Jillette, who won the challenge and $100K for Lisa’s charity. 

Trace and Lil Jon enter the Victory suite after Marilu’s departure, and greet Lisa and Penn. As they congratulate themselves on being the Final Four, the phone rings, and its Trump, summoning them all back into the Board Room.

Trump, with Ivanka and Don Jr., tells them that two of them will be fired immediately. Trace says that he’s sti...

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

5/6/2013 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...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': And Your Little Mechanical Dog Too!

4/29/2013 3:16pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, Gary Busey got on Lisa Rinna’s last nerve, with his inability to focus or be a part of their tiny team. But Penn Jillette still managed to pull off a successful task, winning for Plan B. Team Power’s Brande Roderick took the fall for the loss, and was fired.

After last week’s Board Room, Lil Jon is the last original member of Power, and he feels like the proverbial “black guy in a horror movie.” With only six players remaining, Plan B is still not playing on a level field; Gary is their weakest link.

Donald Trump greets the troops with a surprise advisor – Joan Rivers, a previo...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Playmate Brande Roderick Goes Bust

4/22/2013 4:03pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, the teams were tasked with making a silent movie promoting Australian Gold. Gary Busey headed up Plan B, but team mate Stephen Baldwin took charge. Marilu Henner was switched to team Power, and helped them win the challenge. Trump fired Stephen, for failing to showcase the client’s many products.

In the Celebration Suite, team Power toasted their success, and waited to find out if Gary had survived yet another Board Room. The consensus seemed to be that Gary, although creative and funny, was past his ‘best before’ date on the show, since his creativity outweighed his ability to ...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Stephen Is No Alec Baldwin

4/16/2013 7:14am EDT
Stephen Is No Alec Baldwin
Last week, the celebrities vied to create the best advertorial possible for Melania Trump’s new line of skin care. Team Power’s presentation contained a fatal error – the misspelling of Melania’s name. So Plan B’s Penn Jillette took the win, and the $40K for his charity, Opportunity Village, while Dennis Rodman brought back Trace Adkins to the Board Room. In the end, the responsibility fell on project manager Dennis’ shoulders, and he was fired.

In the Victory Suite, the celebs argue over who should take the blame. Misspelling Melania’s name was the offense, which Dennis signed off on, but...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: He Who Misspells Melania Gets Fired

4/8/2013 12:53pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, Lisa Rinna took Plan B to the win, despite team Power’s best efforts, and won over $400 K for her charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Lil Jon brought back Dennis Rodman and Omarosa to the Board Room, and Omarosa was finally fired from the competition.

None of the celebrities were sorry to see her go. They were all relieved and joyous. Brande Roderick is especially pleased, as she felt that Omarosa brought the team down in every challenge. “The bad seed is gone, so now we can blossom.”

This week, the celebs are summoned to Trump Tower, where the Donald introduces them to cu...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': You Can Come Out Now, Omarosa's Gone!

4/1/2013 2:41pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Gonna spoil this one right off the top, because I’m absolutely delighted that this is the last week I have to talk about Oma – the witch is dead! Couldn’t believe it myself. Perhaps the networks are beginning to understand that loud, cruel, desperate wanna-be celebs are no longer in fashion.

Last week, Omarosa targeted Claudia Jordan, bullied her into taking on the role of project manager, and effectively sabotaged Claudia’s game by under participating.  But Claudia, afraid that Trump would play favorites and keep Omarosa in the game, wound up being the fired celebrity.

In the suite, Omar...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Should Have Gone With The Ferris Wheel, Claudia

3/25/2013 1:33pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, LaToya Jackson learned the hard way that trying to outwit Omarosa and Donald Trump by avoiding Board Room confrontation was her fast track to being fired. Omarosa gloated over her rival’s termination, and plotted revenge against Claudia Jordan. Gary Busey was again called out by his team for being a distraction, and the weakest member of Plan B. A little bit of power went to Stephen Baldwin’s head, and he was able to give his win of $50k to his mother’s charity, The Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation. Carol Baldwin threatened the ‘very sexy’ Donald Trump with a good time. “I ...

La Toya Jackson Sorry For Blaming 'Apprentice' Co-Star Omarosa For Michael Clark Duncan's Death

3/19/2013 1:49pm EDT
La Toya Jackson Celebrity Apprentice
"Celebrity Apprentice" star La Toya Jackson is eating her words after suggesting Omarosa Manigault was to blame for her fiance Michael Clark Duncan's death last year.

On Sunday night, Jackson was fired from Donald Trump's reality show, and during her exit interview she slammed Omarosa by saying: "She's a conniving, scheming, cut-throat (who) probably pulled the cord on Michael Clarke Duncan."


Duncan died of a heart attack in 2012, and after the episode aired on Sunday Manigault filed a defamation lawsuit against Jackson, calling her comments "false" and "vicious."

Jackson clarifie...

Lisa Lampanelli Reveals Her Latest Weight Loss Number And Why She's Watching 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'

3/18/2013 3:20pm EDT
Lisa Lampanelli
Jeza Belle caught up with the "Queen of Mean" herself, Lisa Lampanelli, who shared her thoughts on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” her current projects and her incredible weight loss number reveal.

Tell our readers what you have been up to?

Right now I’m preparing for my one person show. We are doing workshops of it right now. Hopefully the project will make it to Broadway in the fall.

What lead you to do this project called “The Untitled Lisa Lampanelli Project: This Ain't Stand-Up, Bitches!”? 

I was bored to death! I did the roasts for so many years, my HBO special, three other Comed...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': LaToya Fails Snake Handling 101

3/18/2013 1:43pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, Dee Snider’s team Plan B lost to Omarosa’s team Power. Dee took the blame for his team’s loss, and was fired. Omarosa appeared to break down in tears of joy at her win on behalf of deceased fiancé Michael Duncan Clarke’s charity, but both teams were skeptical, thinking it more performance than emotion.

Marilu Henner smoothed over her tiff with Gary “I’m an angel in an earth suit” Busey, but vetoed his offer of a visit to Texas to ride a horse backwards.

At the Paley Center for Media, Donald Trump outlined the celebs next task. They will be working with representatives Adam and ...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Dee Snider Decides To Take It

3/11/2013 2:49pm EDT
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Last week, Omarosa came out of the blocks swinging, and took out Bret Michael’s, whom she considered too strong a player to compete against. The 13 other celebrities, many of whom had encountered Omarosa before, took note of her tactics, but seemed to feel that Trump would never fire her this early in the game. Were they right?

This week starts with Donald Trump surprising the celebs after Bret’s firing, with the news that they’d be boarding “the greatest private airplane anywhere in the world.” It’s his own 757 of course, lah di dah. And they’re going to Universal Orlando Resort, for thei...

Bret Michaels Had A 'Meltdown' After Being Fired From 'Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars'

3/5/2013 1:07pm EST
Bret Michaels
After winning Celebrity Apprentice, Bret Michaels didn't take it too well after he was fired in the first episode of Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars.

Sunday night was the premiere of the competition, and Donald Trump openly questioned Michaels' decision to come back after already winning. Bret was on the chopping block after the first task, and Donald Trump fired the Poison singer for not living up to his winning ways.

A source now says Michaels "freaked out" following his departure. "Bret totally went into the show believing he was going to win again," the source told Radar Online. "He co...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' – How To Fire A Winner

3/4/2013 2:18pm EST
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
Donald Trump, resplendent in pink shirt and tie, welcomes us back to New York City, and the sixth season of Celebrity shenanigans.  At stake is prize money for the celebrities’ charities, and the title of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.  

We begin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where The Donald greets his celebrities. Gary Busey, Stephen Baldwin, LaToya Jackson, Omarosa, Penn Jillette, Lil Jon, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Claudia Jordan, Lisa Rinna, Brande Roderick, Bret Michaels, and Trace Adkins are introduced. Bret Michaels, the only player to have ever won Celebrity Ap...

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' Returns This Sunday!

3/2/2013 11:30am EST
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice Returns This Sunday
Back again for another Celebrity edition of Apprentice, the Trumps Donald, Ivanka, Eric and Don Junior will be stomping all over the fawning celebrities this Sunday during a two hour premiere.

There are sure to be explosions when Gary Busey, Stephen Baldwin, LaToya Jackson, Omarosa, Penn Jillette, Lil Jon, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Claudia Jordan, Lisa Rinna, Brande Roderick, along with team leaders Bret Michaels and Trace Adkins, battle for their charities, and the title.

There will also be familiar faces along for the ride as advisors, including Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers...

Gary Busey, Omarosa & More To Return For 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice'

10/12/2012 1:41pm EDT
Celebrity Apprentice
NBC and Donald Trump just released the cast list for the first ever "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," which premieres in March. Fan favorites from the last five seasons will go head to head to win $250,000 for their favorite charities.

Trump commented, "This season is going to be fantastic! We will have the first ever 'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' with 14 of the best contestants from previous seasons. It’s going to be another amazing season!"

The male lineup for the season is: singer Trace Adkins, actor Stephen Baldwin, actor Gary Busey, illusionist Penn Jillette, rapper Lil Jon, rock st...

All-Star 'Celebrity Apprentice' In The Works?

7/5/2012 3:07pm EDT
Donald Trump Celebrity Apprentice
Donald Trump and NBC could be calling some celebrities for a second time. According to the New York Post, The Celebrity Apprentice is gearing up for an all-star edition that will see previous winners and the most infamous contestants duke it out for the ultimate prize.

Winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers and Bret Michaels could all be joining the cast, and NBC hopes to have favorites Trace Adkins, Gene Simmons, Lennox Lewis, Marlee Matlin, Sharon Osbourne, Cyndi Lauper, and Marilu Henner as well. The network is also reportedly courting infamous contestants Dennis Rodman, Omarosa, Meat Loaf, ...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Finale - Arsenio Hall Takes The Title!

5/21/2012 2:48pm EDT
'The Celebrity Apprentice' Finale - Arsenio Hall Takes The Title
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice: Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall, the Final Two, have been tasked with having to produce, host, and sell tickets to a celebrity charity event. They’ll be responsible for all aspects of the show, including creating a thirty second charity awareness ad, and producing a variety show to entertain their guests. They themselves will be the entertainment at their show. This week; the live finale.

Donald Trump lets us know that this is an important night – so important, that he’ll need the fastest car and driver possible to get to the show at the American Museum of Na...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – The Final Task Ends On A Cliffhanger

5/14/2012 6:03pm EDT
Clay Aiken, Arsenio Hall Advance to Finale
Previously, on Celebrity Apprentice: the Final Five was whittled down to four, when Teresa Giudice project managed her team’s assignment to a loss. But the Donald was not finished yet; he brought in last season’s Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich, and runner up Marlee Matlin, to interview Arsenio Hall, Aubrey O’Day, Clay Aiken and Lisa Lampanelli. Based on John and Marlee’s recommendations, he fired Lisa. This week, we’ll find out the second person chopped, and have one last challenge. Next week, the winner will be chosen. Ready?

Arsenio, Aubrey and Clay wait nervously for Trump’s dec...

NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

5/14/2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

Highlights include a...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' – Teresa Giudice And Lisa Lampanelli Are 'Blown Away'

5/7/2012 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...

'Celebrity Apprentice' - Ranking The Models

4/30/2012 4:07pm EDT
Dayana Mendoza
If anything, Celebrity Apprentice has proven that models can be more than just a pretty face - in fact, many of them have strong business acumen. With Donald Trump ousting Dayana Mendoza, putting her in sixth place in a strong field, we decided to take a look at how the models of Celebrity Apprentice did over the years.

Carol Alt (3rd place in season 1) learned firsthand that Donald Trump can be fickle. After wowing interviewers (the second to last task is always an interview with trusted Trump executives), she was highly recommended to take on Trace Adkins in the final. However, Trump l...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Dayana Mendoza Takes Her Final Cat Walk

4/30/2012 3:24pm EDT
Dayana Mendoza Takes Her Final Cat Walk
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice: The teams created a slogan and display for Trump’s new scent for men. Although Dayana Mendoza’s photo on the banner was praised, she was brought back into the Board Room for the sixth time. However, it was Penn Jillette’s losing slogan that led to his firing.

Aubrey O’Day, Teresa Giudice and Arsenio Hall are all that remain of Team Unanimous, while Clay Aiken, Lisa Lampanelli, and Dayana are the last of Team Forte. Aubrey’s overjoyed at her win for her charity GLSEN. Clay’s devastated to lose Penn, as Penn was a strong player. Dayana knows she’ll have to ...

David Hasselhoff Quits TV Show Down Under

4/26/2012 10:32am EDT
David Hasselhoff
David Hasselhoff has shocked fans Down Under by quitting the Australian version of Celebrity Apprentice to fly back to the U.S. to deal with a "personal commitment."

The former Baywatch star enrolled as a contestant on the latest series of the popular reality TV show, but he walked away from the contest this week midway through the season.

Hasselhoff revealed the news in the third episode of the show, telling fellow contestants, "I have to leave. It's not business related, it is a personal commitment that I made to my family and it involves honor... it only came up last night."

He add...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' Recap: Trump Makes Penn Jillette Disappear

4/23/2012 2:30pm EDT
The Celebrity Apprentice
Last week on Celebrity Apprentice, the teams were asked to create puppets, and to perform for Brian Henson’s “Stuffed and Unstrung,” a live, improv puppet show aimed at adults. As Project Manager for losing team Unanimous, Paul Teutel Sr. was sent home, while Lisa Lampanelli, PM for Forte, received a check for $20,000.00 for her charity, Gay Mens Health Crisis.

After the Board Room visit, Lisa vowed that she would try to be nice when dealing with Dayana Mendoza, despite their ongoing feud. Arsenio Hall was disappointed that Paul, a successful businessman and engineer, was fired over Teres...