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    Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

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    `Celebrity Apprentice' Stars Announced'

    At a locked-down news conference in Manhattan last month, the cast for "Celebrity Apprentice" was introduced to members of the press. Everyone was sworn to secrecy.

    Now the secret can be told, says NBC, which made public Monday the names of the cast members.

    Not that they needed any introduction. Not all of them, anyway.

    Not Omarosa, remembered for making everybody mad as a contestant on the first "Apprentice" season in 2004.

    Why did Omarosa agree to come back?

    "I did it for redemption," she told reporters.

    Vincent Pastore (aka "Big Pussy" from "The Sopranos") was also instantly recognizable.

    So was Stephen Baldwin, who explained his participation by noting he already had "done a bunch of reality ... I thought it would be fun to play the game."

    Likewise Gene Simmons of Kiss, star of his own reality series and unabashed self-marketer.

    "I'm in the Gene Simmons business," he said, so doing "The Apprentice" can only help promote his many other ventures. "Everything helps everything."

    But others on hand did need a bit of introduction.

    Like Nely Galan, former entertainment president of the Telemundo network and executive producer (and "life coach") of "The Swan," an extreme makeover program that aired on Fox a few years back.

    Or the vaguely familiar-looking woman introduced as Marilu Henner, best-known from the sitcom "Taxi" a quarter-century ago.

    The 14 celebrities won't be vying for a job with Donald Trump, as in the previous six "Apprentice" seasons, but instead will compete in business-oriented tasks around New York City to raise money for their favorite charities. The official "Celebrity Apprentice" will win a $250,000 bonus to donate.

    Tasks will be judged in the boardroom by executive producer-host Trump and his advisers, including, once again, his children/colleagues Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.

    As they met with the press in mid-October, the gathered rivals were set to face their first challenge the next day, when taping began. The show debuts Jan. 3.

    Cast members for this rejiggered "Apprentice" _ which in the past relied on scrappy, ambitious star-wannabes _ were selected from a field of some 125 celebrity applicants, Trump told reporters.

    "They were all begging to be on the show," he said. "The hardest thing was breaking it down to these 14."

    One deciding factor: Each of the chosen has had experience in business, Trump said. "These people have all done something very dramatic with money."

    Can they do it again, with cameras watching every move?

    Actress-model Carol Alt acknowledged some initial nervousness.

    "They're going to follow us in real time and that's scary, of course," she said. "I think with most all of us, we want control of our image _ it's part of the work that we do."

    Galan echoed Alt's trepidation.

    "I've produced reality shows," Galan said. "To be on the other side is a little creepy. It's my karmic boomerang."

    Other cast members include country music star Trace Adkins, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Nadia Comaneci, Playboy Playmate of the Year Tiffany Fallon, Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch, heavyweight boxing champ Lennox Lewis, "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan and Ultimate Fighting Champion Tito Ortiz.
    Why Omarosa?

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    Well, it's not exactly the top ten celebrities in the world, so I guess Omarosa was available. Personally, I'll watch because it ought to be good for a few laughs. I just can't imagine this being a terribly serious show.

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    I am excited to see how Gene Simmons does. I don't expect him to do well, because I can't see him as a team player unless he's the team leader. But he's so arrogant about his business saavy that it'll be fun to see how he puts it on display ... and how he adapts to having to be under Trump while he probably perceives himself as equal to or above him.

    I'm impressed that they sought out celebrities with business connections instead of just your standard run-of-the-mill c-listers who are willing to do reality TV.

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    I am going to watch for Gene Simmons as well. Heck, I'll be rooting for him.

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    Sounds like an interesting cast for the most part, Omarosa is definitely a disappointment for me though. Her only claim to fame was from being a disqruntled, unsuccessful candidate on the original Apprentice version. I can't believe they couldn't find a contestant better suited than her.
    Gene Simmons jumps out to me as well, as somone that should be in for a modicum of success here. He certainly seems pretty business savvy from watching his reality show.
    I'm familiar with the majority of the contestants, but not from the viewpoint of their business acumen.

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    Any Baldwin Brother on a reality show is pure Gold and instantly snarkworthy,lol.

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    Nadia Commenci???
    "When life gives you lemons, squirt lemon juice in your enemy's eyes."

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    I love Gene Simmons, but he and Donald Trump would kill each other in a board room. Expect him to last a few weeks only. They won't cut him the first week because he will be a hit with the ratings.

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    OmaGrossa killed this for me.

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    Re: Celebrity Apprentice cast announced

    Out of curiosity I will watch the first episode. After the last regular Apprentice it was very obvious this show needs to go.
    "When life gives you lemons, squirt lemon juice in your enemy's eyes."

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