Celebrity Apprentice is back! NBC recently revealed the full cast of semi-famous and the formerly famous athletes, actors, and reality TV stars as they dual against each other for boardroom supremacy.
The 16 stars competing in this year’s show, according to NBC, are Laila Ali (retired champion boxer/Muhammad Ali’s daughter), Brooke Burke-Charvet (actress and TV host), Eric Dickerson (pro football hall of fame running back), Boy George (Grammy award winning singer), Matt Iseman (Host of American Ninja), Carrie Keagan, (writer/actress and former VH1 host for Big Morning Live), Carson Kressley (Emmy-winning reality TV fixture and celebrity stylist), Lisa Leslie (WNBA champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist), Jon Lovitz (comedian), Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe vocalist), Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (former Jersey Shore star), Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star) Chael Sonnen (former UFC fighter), Porsha Williams (singer and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Ricky Williams (Heisman Trophy winner and ESPN sports analyst), and Carnie Wilson (singer and Wilson Phillips member).
Perhaps the biggest news concerning the upcoming season is new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will be replacing Donald Trump. NBC cut ties with Donald Trump in June 2015 after the Republican presidential candidate made several offensive comments about immigrants.
Besides not hosting Celebrity Apprentice, NBC also dropped the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Despite NBC’s fallout with Trump, he still managed to appear on Saturday Night Live, Today, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, all which aired on NBC.
Trump, however, released a statement stating that he had planned on discontinuing the shows anyway due to the time needed to focus on his presidential run. Arnold was then announced as the new host this past September.
“I have always been a huge fan of The Celebrity Apprentice and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork,” the Terminator star and former Governor of California said in a statement this past September. “I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started!”
As for Trump, who many believed wouldn’t have anything nice to say about the upcoming season, used his social media presence to announce his surprising support for the new season as it continues on without him.
“Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season’s Celebrity Apprentice,” the presidential candidate tweeted. “He’ll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity. To all my fans, sorry I couldn’t do The Apprentice any longer—but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. Love!”
With Arnold officially at the helm, the show will also be changing locations. Production for the new season is headed to Los Angeles and will take place at the Silicone Beach technology hub.
The upcoming season will still challenge competitors to work as a team to finish business-themed tasks. However, this season will have a special emphasis on technology and innovation. The winner of the show will win a $250,000 check to a charity of their choice.
Over 15 seasons, Celebrity Apprentice has helped raised over $15 million dollars for a wide variety of charities across the country.
Variety reports that joining Arnold on the panel of “advisers” is investor Warren E. Buffet, former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, model and TV host Tyra Banks, actress Jessica Alba, and lawyer Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, who is also Arnold’s nephew.
While NBC hasn’t announced an exact premiere date, a new slogan will be in store for those on the losing end of the show, and it isn’t “you’re fired” as Trump famously spoke. Instead, a new slogan has been chosen for Arnold, although it will remain a secret until the show premieres.
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