Obviously, I will be rooting for NeNe Leakes in the soon-to-start season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Donald Trump has announced the new cast, and it’s pretty awesome: in addition to NeNe, there’s Meatloaf, David Cassidy, Dionne Warwick, Latoya Jackson, Jose Canseco, Richard Hatch of “Survivor,” Garey Busey, Lil Jon, Mark McGrath, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Rinna, Niki Taylor and Star Jones. But what’s even more interesting is who Trump didn’t pick. “We turned down 35 to 40 people,” Trump says. “We really qualify people.” [People]
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This is strange—but apparently there were others things going on in the world last night besides the series finale of “Lost“? For example … the season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Bret Michaels didn’t let a silly thing like a brain hemorrhage followed by a warning stroke keep him from competing in the live finale. He limped a tad but seemed otherwise all good for the final challenge—creating a new flavor of Snapple iced tea and an ad campaign to go along with it. With his Diet Trop-A-Rocka tea, he beat out challenger Holly Robinson Peete. Not that she was mad. “I know the whole country is pulling for Bret,” she Tweeted before the taping. “In many ways I am too!” Go Bret. Glad you made it back. Though lay off “Rock of Love” for a while, OK? That show just can’t be good for your health. [People] Keep reading »
Just as Bret Michaels was recovering from a brain hemorrhage, and got the okay from his doctors to make the trip to New York to appear on the live finale of “Celebrity Apprentice,” he’s back in the hospital with a slate of new medical conditions. Earlier in the week, he was feeling numbness on the left side of his body. Doctors determined that he had had a “warning stroke”—a condition that gives stroke-like symptoms but doesn’t do permanent neurological damage. As they ran MRIs and CT scans on Bret, doctors found another problem—our “Rock of Love” casanova has a hole in his heart. No, literally. And this is on top of his diabetes and the emergency appendectomy he had in late April.
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“The toughest thing for me out of the whole ‘Apprentice’ experience was sitting across from Ivanka Trump because she is smart, funny, witty, charming and beautiful. I kept thinking, ‘Could we just have one last episode of ‘Rock of Love’ in the boardroom?’”
—Bret Michaels on lusting after Ivanka while filming “Celebrity Apprentice” [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
It’s no secret that I have a rather low threshold for Rich Kids, especially Celebrity Rich Kids, who don’t get their elbows particularly dirty building up their resumes like the rest of us. A few months ago, I wrote a post grousing about how Ivanka Trump wrote a business advice book called The Trump Card; I found this super-obnoxious considering her life couldn’t be more different than those of the regular folks reading her book. Ivanka even admitted on “The View” that Anna Wintour offered her a job at Vogue upon graduation.
Last night Ivanka appeared with her dad, Donald, on “Celebrity Apprentice.” And I had the realization that I’d be eminently less annoyed with Ivanka if she undid some of her father’s damage. I’d like her to start with the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions. Keep reading »
Donald Trump isn’t so good at keeping secrets. The cast for “Celebrity Apprentice 3″ is supposed to be under wraps, but paparazzi photographers totally caught these famous business wannabees walking down New York’s 15th Street shooting the opening credits. And, uh, I never thought I would say this, but I can’t wait for the premiere. This season’s cast is amazing—like “Dancing with the Stars” caliber. Cyndi Lauper, Rod Blagojevich, Bret Michaels, Sinbad, Sharon Osbourne, chef Curtis Stone and baseball legend Daryl Strawberry—it’s way more surreal than “The Surreal Life.” And we just heard that, until an hour ago, Cyndi and Sharon were waiting tables at the Burger Heaven on 63rd Street, where they’d created the day’s menu. Meanwhile Bret and Curtis were doing the same at the franchise on 53rd, and maybe charging $100 for a platter? Ooh. Ooh. I know what should happen. Maybe Bret and Cyndi will hook up “Rock of Love” style? That’d be really sweet. [NY Post, Midtown Lunch] Keep reading »