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Originally posted 05/21/2012 10:00AM
The comedian and the crooner – Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken – squared off for the title of Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night, seeking to be Donald Trump's latest favored protégé.
The task at hand was to create a celebrity variety show and a 30-second public-service announcement for their respective charities.
In a close race, Hall, 56, ended up winning after producing a comedy show with his team of Adam Corolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutel Sr. and Teresa Giudice. Aiken, 33, chose a carnival theme with his team of Penn Jillette, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider and Aubrey O'Day.
Originally posted 01/04/2012 09:45AM
Would Teresa Giudice have the guts to flip a table on Victoria Gotti? Can supermodel Cheryl Tiegs outlast former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, who is four decades her junior? Who'll face the music first – Clay Aiken or Debbie Gibson?
Those are just a few of the mouth-watering matchups expected on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, premiering Feb. 12 on NBC. PEOPLE confirmed several of the contestants back in October, but the cast was officially revealed Wednesday.
"I just think we have a major group of celebrities, and we have a very iconic group," says the show's host, Donald Trump. "This is the best cast we've ever had, the biggest cast, and it's going to be special."
Originally posted 11/07/2011 12:45PM
New season, new drama.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta returned for its fourth season on Bravo Sunday night, and NeNe Leakes kicked it off with a bang.
Leakes reignited her rivalry with cast mate Sheree Whitfield, after she accused Leakes of interfering with her making money at appearances during the show's hiatus.
"While you're running your mouth ... I was running to the bank to deposit a Trump check," says Leakes, referring to her stint on Celebrity Apprentice. "Donald Trump! I am very rich."
Says Whitfield: "I think the amount of success NeNe's had has gone to her head."
Originally posted 10/12/2011 03:00PM
Let the boardroom battles begin!
Former American Idol star Clay Aiken and '80s pop singer Debbie Gibson will be competing on the newest season of Donald Trump's series The Celebrity Apprentice, an inside source confirms to PEOPLE.
Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice is also reportedly going to be a contestant
Originally posted 10/11/2011 12:40PM
The brother of Celebrity Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault was murdered in a lover's quarrel last Sunday, police in Youngstown, Ohio, tell that town's Vindicator newspaper.
Jack Manigault, 40, received several gunshots, including a fatal wound to the head, after his home was broken into by Marco Cardenas, 22, say police. Manigault was asleep at the time with a woman who was formerly the girlfriend of the alleged assailant. Two children were also in the house.
A statement released by Omarosa Manigault through her Washington publicist said: "We thank everyone for their amazing outpouring of support surrounding the tragic death of my brother Jack. ... Right now it is an extremely difficult time and we ask that you allow family privacy to grieve and make all necessary arrangements."
Originally posted 08/07/2011 07:00PM
While handbag designer Vanessa Trump and her husband, Celebrity Apprentice advisor Donald Trump Jr., await the arrival of their new son in eight weeks, their two children are already getting to know their cousin – Ivanka Trump's baby with husband Jared Kushner, Arabella Rose, who was born July 17.
"My daughter and son have both seen her. I'm very happy about that, because it's good practice, to see how they'll be when I have the baby in two months." Vanessa told PEOPLE this weekend at East Hampton's Blue & Cream store during a trunk show for La Poshett, a python-patterned handbag line that she designs with her mother and sister.
Originally posted 07/06/2011 02:15PM
She was the the reason she quit Celebrity Apprentice, but that isn't stopping NeNe Leakes from keeping it cordial with former fellow contestant Star Jones.
"Saying hello costs me nothing – that's free," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 43, tells ESSENCE.com. "I'm not so in a rage that I can't say hello and I can't stand in the same room as Star."
The two famously feuded and resorted to name-calling on the NBC show, and their rivalry hit a peak when Leakes unloaded on Jones in front of a client.
Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:30AM
After a tumultuous season of rivalries on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, John Rich and Marlee Matlin proved a harmonious final pairing.
Just before the final decision was announced on Sunday night – the final challenge had involved promoting a brand of soda – the pair performed a song, "For the Kids," which Rich sang and Matlin, who is deaf, signed.
Then came the moment of truth.
Stop reading here if you do not wish to know.
Originally posted 05/22/2011 06:00AM
Perhaps surprisingly, the two calmest of this season's contestants – Marlee Matlin and John Rich – ended up making it to the finale of Celebrity Apprentice, which will air on NBC Sunday night.
Unlike others who went before them, the Oscar-winning Matlin, 45, and country music's Rich, 37, never locked horns with others, as did Meat Loaf with Gary Busey, and Star Jones with NeNe Leakes.
Not that there isn't some sense of rivalry between the two finalists. "We are friends but we are still competing," Rich tells PEOPLE. "We still have to go before [judge Donald]Trump and America. I want the quarter million [dollars for charity], and I want it bad."
Originally posted 05/11/2011 08:25AM
NeNe Leakes never had second thoughts about quitting Celebrity Apprentice. It all just got to be too much, she says.
"I don't regret it. I felt very good about it. I always do what my gut tells me to do," the Real Housewives of Atlanta star says in an interview airing Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She adds: "I'm a grown woman, and nobody makes decisions for me. I make my own decisions. It was a toxic situation for me."
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