NBC has announced the cast of “celebrities” set to compete on the new season of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” premiering on Sunday, March 6, 2011. The women include “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, actresses Lisa Rinna and Marlee Matlin, model Niki Taylor, singer Dionne Warwick, former “The View” co-host Star Jones, Playmate Hope Dworaczyk, and LaToya Jackson.
On the men’s team, there’s rapper Lil Jon, actor Gary Busey, former baseball player Jose Canseco, tax-evading “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch, former teen idol David Cassidy, and singers Meat Loaf, John Rich and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath.
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Donald Trump‘s youngest son Eric will join siblings Ivanka and Donald Jr. as his advisors, along with long-time Trump employee George Ross.
The Donald did his best to hype up the new season in a press release:
“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 celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring. This will be season 11 — Amazing!”
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While the list of celebrities participating was leaked back in October, Trump officially unveiled the cast on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” joined by Lil Jon and NeNe Leakes. The trio, along with Fallon, proceeded to play a game of Charades with predictably hilarious results. The clip can be viewed here.
The Donald also revealed that viewers can expect fireworks between Leakes and Star Jones. “It was like fistfights all the time,” Trump told Fallon.”I’ve never seen confrontations like that. In fact, they make Omarosa look nice!”
“Star, to me, is phony,” Leakes recently told zap2it.com. “She may have gone to Harvard. She may have ten degrees, but it’s funny she’s in the same place I’m in. And that is what bothers Star – that she went to school for eight or ten years and she has to stand beside me.”
The controversial “Real Housewives” star claims that her dislike for Jones started when she tried to pit her against fellow cast member LaToya Jackson.
While the celebs participating remain mostly D-List, Trump claims he had to turn down upwards of 35 people, including troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan.
“(The Lohans) approached me, and we did talk about it. It’s just not the right time,” Trump told Life & Style magazine. “Lindsay has to straighten herself out first…. It could happen in the future, but right now we need to see Lindsay get straightened out.”
The last season of the show raised more than $1.25 million for charity and was won by Bret Michaels, while the low-rated regular people version of “The Apprentice” concluded in December.
“Celebrity Apprentice” airs on NBC on Sundays at 9/8c.