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Dancing with the Stars has an all-star edition under way, so why not Celebrity Apprentice? Surprise, surprise! Donald Trump is bringing back a group of famous (or famously contentious) former contestants for the show's 13th season, which is set to air in March 2013. He revealed his picks Friday morning on Today.
In fact, the entire cast, except singer La Toya Jackson, 56, and reality star villain Omarosa Manigault, 38 (who got her TV start on the first season of The Apprentice), joined Trump to announce the news. The other eleven returning contestants will be: rapper Lil Jon, 41, actress Lisa Rinna, 49, former NBA star Dennis Rodman, 51, TV personality Claudia Jordan, 39, country music singer Trace Adkins, 50, Playboy playmate Brande Roderick, 38, magician Penn Jillette, 57, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, 57, actress Marilu Henner, 60, actor Stephen Baldwin, 46, actor Gary Busey, 68, and Poison's Bret Michaels, 49.
Michaels, who nearly died of a brain hemorrhage shortly after filming Celebrity Apprentice 3, is the only returning contestant who won his season. "But this year is going to be insane; the competition is going to be insane," Michaels said. "(Last time) I was really sick, and this time I'm ready to come back, being a lifelong diabetic." (Strategizing already!)
"There's a different energy with this group," said Henner. "Everybody has been through it before so everyone knows what to expect…We know each other's strengths and weaknesses because we've seen the show. I think everyone is here to have a great time and to support their charities." Once again, the winner will be awarded $250,000 for his/her charity of choice.
Trump is plugging the new season with his usual bluster. “They’re all very smart, and I think they learned a lot from their last go-around,” he told The Associated Press. “This time, some of them will change their game to fool their rivals — some for better, some for worse.”
The season's advisors, too, will be an all-star group: former Celebrity Apprentice winners Arsenio Hall, 56, Joan Rivers, 79, Piers Morgan, 47, and John Rich, 38.
All that's missing from the lineup is a return of The Real Housewives of Atlanta star (who's currently appearing on the NBC sitcom The New Normal) NeNe Leakes and Star Jones, but maybe Trump's saving that reunion for the second all-star edition.