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VIDEO: Bret Michaels Wins Celebrity Apprentice

May 24 2010, Published 3:24 p.m. ET

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During a dramatic two-hour finale, Bret Michaels was named this season's winner of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

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Michaels (who beat out fellow finalist Holly Robinson Peete) raised his arms in celebration when Trump told him, "Bret, you're hired." Regardless, both received $250,000 for their charities thanks to Snapple's generous donation to match the grand prize.

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VIDEO: Holly Robinson Peete & Bret Michaels Make It To Celebrity Apprentice Finals

The episode began with a montage of the ups and downs of the season's original fourteen-strong celebrity cast. The competition heated up by the end of the recap, chronicling the duo's final challenge: creating a new flavor for Snapple.

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After the challenge, Bret (with helpers Summer Sanders and Darryl Strawberry) and Holly (with Curtis Stone and Maria Kanellis) faced off in the boardroom. Things got awkward when Trump put Sanders on the spot to choose between her project manager Bret and her friend Holly. Former contestant Joan Rivers favored Bret as the popular winner for emotional reasons, despite giving a nod to Holly's talent and fundraising abilities. Former The Apprentice winner Bill Rancic chose Holly for her business savvy.

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