VIDEO: Richard Hatch (Yes, Richard Hatch) Returns To Celebrity Apprentice

May 16 2011, Published 12:45 p.m. ET

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Richard Hatch must have been the toast of his cell block Sunday night.

The original Survivor winner, who's currently behind bars in New York, made a surprise return to Celebrity Apprentice Sunday night along with most of this season’s other eliminated contestants on the (obviously long ago) pre-taped edition of the NBC show.

As we previously reported, the 50-year-old surrendered to U.S. Marshals on March 14 to begin a nine-month prison sentence in connection with unpaid taxes from his $1 million prize for winning the CBS hit in 2000.  (Hatch previously spent three years behind bars in connection with another tax evasion conviction.)

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The Donald fired Hatch on the show's April 3rd broadcast, but not before giving him big words of praise.

"When I think of Survivor, I think of Richard Hatch," Trump said. "He's great, he's unbelievably intelligent."

This season's winner -- which comes down to Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin and country singer John Rich -- will be crowned when Celebrity Apprentice airs in a special live edition this coming Sunday at 9/8c  on NBC.  (Don't expect Hatch to make an appearance on the finale).

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