Joe Francis no longer on Celebrity Apprentice cast, which includes Joan Rivers, Khloe Kardashian, Natalie Gulbis

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis will not compete on Celebrity Apprentice 2, but several other D-list celebrities have confirmed they’re on the show, while others are rumored to be participating.

“Donald Trump and I decided to do a different show. I would have added a lot to ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ and I would have been excited to do it, but I’m more excited by this other idea,” Joe Francis told the New York Post, which cites, with no sources (surprise) “resistance from sponsors” over his participation.

Before that, however, Francis confirmed to Hollyscoop that he’d be competing against Khloe Kardashian. “I will beat Khloe Kardashian on the Apprentice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump revealed at the U.S. Open that golfer Natalie Gulbis will participate. A few other people who’ve confirmed that they’re cast members include Joan Rivers, who may compete with her daughter Melissa Rivers, according to Reality TV World.

In the unsourced rumors department are Tony Danza, according to Newsday; Dennis Rodman and Baywatch’s Brande Roderick, according to the Chicago Sun-Times; Heather Mills, according to Access Hollywood; Scott Hamilton, according to the New York Post; and Petra Nemcova, according to nearly every story about the cast although there doesn’t seem to be an origin to her rumored casting.

Off the Show [New York Post]
Khloe Kardashian Confirmed On Celebrity Apprentice [Hollyscoop]
NORM: Gulbis to swing into ‘Apprentice’ [Las Vegas Review Journal]
[Reality TV World]
Tony Danza: The Next “Celebrity Apprentice” [Newsday]
Heather Mills may join ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ [Access Hollywood]
Exclusive: Hamilton Skates into Trump’s Boardroom [New York Post]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.