The new season of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice kicked off with a shocker Sunday, with one of the show’s most prominent personalities sent packing.
The show brings back former contestants, as well as past champs Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall and John Rich to serve as judges; while Michaels could have conceivably served in that capacity, he chose to compete again, which clearly irritated The Donald.
The Poison frontman was a member of Team Power, consisting of Playboy Playmate Brande Roderick, who was project manager; model Claudia Jordan; former NBA star Dennis Rodman; Michael Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson; rapper Lil Jon; and original Apprentice star Omarosa.
For their opposition — the team named Plan B — country star Trace Adkins headed the squad of Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider; unpredictable actor Gary Busey, Melrose Place star Lisa Rinna; actress Marilu Henner; magician Penn Jillette; and actor Stephen Baldwin.
After Roderick’s team lost a contest selling meatballs, Trump spared her the axe, saying she did so well individually raising cash, he couldn’t bring himself to can her. He then called the rocker and La Toya back in, firing Bret.
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“Deep down psychologically, it is awfully hard for me to pick you again as a winner,” Trump told him. “That is why it was incredulous to me that you came back.
“Bret you have been a winner, you are a winner, you are great, but you are fired.”
One notable exchange in the program was when Piers and Omarosa — who exchanged vicious barbs during the 2008 season, which Piers won — reunited with the same level of vitriol that viewers remembered. Piers, now back as a judge and CNN’s lynchpin, wasn’t shy about picking the old scabs.
“I see Omarosa is doing her normal team spirit thing so early,” the Englishman said. “It is great to see you again Omarosa: Seriously, it is really heartwarming to see such a delightful creature in her natural habitat.
“I look forward to seeing you in the task, and remember I am on this side this time.”
Of course, Omarosa — rated the number one villain in the history of reality TV, per The Donald — obliged, sparring with the talk show host as in years’ past.
“Who cares? Donald makes the ultimate decision, do not get it twisted — this is not CNN,” she said, with her new castmate Dennis Rodman later coming to her defense against Piers.
We’ll see more when All-Star Celebrity Apprentice returns on NBC Sunday at 9/8c.