Alleged Celebrity Apprentice cast list is so absurd it doesn’t deserve this much attention

A list of possible Celebrity Apprentice cast members was posted online last week is so ridiculous that we really shouldn’t even be paying it this much attention. The show is still in limbo, and while it’s likely to return this year at some point, there has been no official confirmation from NBC at this point.

A tweet came from “Legitament News,” a Twitter account which has only existed since late November and which is either a portmanteau or a misspelling of “legitimate.” It linked to its Tumblr for the full list, with the unattributed and completely implausible claim that “Producer Mark Burnett has allegedly revealed the cast.” Yeah, right.

The list posted claimed the following people would be on the new season:

“Ving Rhames
George Lopez
Gordon Ramsey
Ludacris
Andy Dick
Criss Angel
Hulk Hogan
Scott Disik

Women:
Monique
K Michelle
Kenya Moore
Leah Michelle
Holly Madison
Snooki”

The misspellings of Lea Michele and Scott Disick aside, this list has a few plausible people, the kind who’ve done other reality shows (Snooki, Holly Madison, Kenya Moore, Andy Dick), but let’s start the dismissal of this as bullshit with Gordon Ramsay, who currently has three shows on Fox. I cannot imagine any scenario under which he’d jump to NBC to help it get ratings for one of its biggest reality franchises. And Lea Michelle? Please.

The list got some legitimacy when Kenya Moore retweeted it, which suggests she either is confirming it or likes the attention. K. Michelle said she was not on the show.

Most others have ignored it–as they should, and as we should.

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