Olympian will be selected by viewers to join Apprentice 6 cast

The Apprentice 6, which will move the show to LA for the first time, will include a cast member who is an Olympian.

More significantly, that Olympian cast member will be selected by us. We’ll have our pick of 12 Olympians who have presumably agreed to participate if selected: Allison Baver, Travis Cabral, Casey FitzRandolph, Todd Hays, Chad Hedrick, Danny Kass, Joe Pack, Speedy Peterson, Angela Ruggiero, Katie Uhlaender, Seth Wescott, and Chris Witty.

How exactly an Olympic athlete is qualified to be a cast member on The Apprentice isn’t exactly clear, but I suppose questioning that assumes that the show is actually about demonstrating business skills. An NBC press release leaves the explanation to an NBC exec in charge of the Olympics. “One does not reach the Olympic Games without enormous drive, perseverance, ambition and a willingness to take a risk; traits required of business leaders,” Gary Zenkel said.

Donald Trump basically says that regardless of who we select, he can still fire that person, and hopefully they won’t be as big a loser as Toral. “We’re thrilled to have an Olympian in our midst. And while we’ve let the viewers do a hiring…I’m still doing the firing. So we’ll let the Games begin this fall,” he said. (Uh, the Games begin tonight, dummy.)

Voting begins today at NBCOlympics.com, although as of 8:30 a.m. ET, there’s nothing on the site about voting.

Update: The voting site is live, and includes a brief video in which Donald Trump introduces each of the 12 possible candidates.

NBC Olympics and “Apprentice” Announce First-Ever Online Voting to Cast for Apprentice Six [NBC press release]
The Apprentice [NBC Olympics]

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