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'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice' stars love controversy
Premiering last night, "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" features a few controversial stars with Hudson Valley connections — including host Donald Trump.
Although the format of the NBC reality TV competition and its Trump catchphrase ("You're fired!") have remained unchanged since its inception, the contestants are another story. Early seasons of the show were just known as "The Apprentice" and featured relative unknowns vying for glory, cash and prizes. Then there was "Celebrity Apprentice," which featured some legitimate stars, and more vaguely familiar faces played for charity (and, in the process a career boost, perhaps).
This year, the show has been tweaked yet again: "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice," airing Sundays at 9 p.m., has assembled some fan favorites (emphasis on "some") for this year's competition. Vying for the top prize are Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Penn Jillette, Lil Jon, Bret Michaels, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, La Toya Jackson, Claudia Jordan, Omarosa, Lisa Rinna and Brande Roderick. Larchmont native Joan Rivers, who won her season of "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2009, returns as an adviser.
And what's a season of "Celebrity Apprentice" without a little controversy? And if the parties involved have Hudson Valley connections, Hudson Buzz is even more intrigued.
Trump, a graduate of Cornwall’s New York Military Academy, owns Trump National golf clubs in Briarcliff Manor and Hopewell Junction, is a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck and is continuing his quest to develop Trump Seven Springs in New Castle, Bedford and North Castle. He's no stranger to controversy, given his demands for President Barack Obama to release his birth certificate, and for his propensity for feuding with Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell.
Speaking of Nyack: Baldwin, who lives in Upper Grandview, clashed with the IRS for allegedly failing to pay more than $350,000 in income taxes in Nyack, but appears to have worked out a plea deal. And when he's not getting into it with the government, he's speaking out about it; the conservative actor often tweaks his older brother Alec, who's on the opposite end of the political spectrum. Stephen is competing on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" to benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund.
And if you don't think Omarosa has a local connection, think again. One of her targets among fellow contestants on the first season of "The Apprentice" was Eastchester High School grad Ereka Vetrini. Omarosa's second appearance on an "Apprentice" season will benefit the Sue Duncan Children's Center.
Can't get enough controversy? Check out Newsday Westchester's new photo gallery of 40 controversial Hudson Valley celebrities.
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