Celebrity Apprentice cast announced; three winners will advise Trump

The sixth season of Celebrity Apprentice will be an all-star season, but its winners won’t compete again. Instead, they’ll be occasional advisers, presumably filling in for Don Jr., Ivanka, and the other one.

Arsenio Hall, Piers Morgan, John Rich, and Joan Rivers “will show up alongside Donald Trump in the Boardroom at some point,” according to EW’s Dalton Ross, who adds that Bret Michaels won’t be an adviser but “will indeed appear in some other capacity.”

I’m not sure what I think about that. I’d really like to see the winners compete again, but with the fundraising component makes that awkward on all kinds of levels, from the fact that they’ve already raised a lot for their charities (making them less likely to be selected project manager, perhaps) to the fact that they may have exhausted their sources/supplies of cash. Then again, that could be true for non-winning contestants as well. And all of this just makes me hate that component of the game. I’m all for raising money for charity, but not when it makes the task irrelevant, turning it into a “what generous people do you know?” game instead.

Update, Friday, 6 p.m. ET: NBC announced the full cast today, and it includes Bret Michaels, who’s a former winner and thus negates my argument above. (I misread Dalton Ross’ vague description as indicating Bret would be in a role other than contestant or adviser, whatever that would be.) Here’s the cast, from NBC’s press release:

The lineup of men rejoining the competition include: multi-platinum country star Trace Adkins, who competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; actor, author, and entrepreneur Stephen Baldwin, who also competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Busey, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; magician, master illusionist and Vegas superstar Penn Jillette, who competed in the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; DJ artist, rap star and entrepreneur Lil Jon, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Poison frontman Bret Michaels, winner of the third season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman, who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; rock star and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

The lineup of women rejoining the competition include: Star of ‘Taxi’ and best-selling author Marilu Henner, who competed in the first season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; entertainment icon La Toya Jackson, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; television/radio personality and actress Claudia Jordan, who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; “The Apprentice” original all-star Omarosa, who competed in the shows first season; actress, host and author Lisa Rinna, who competed in the fourth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice”; Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick who competed in the second season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

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