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Donald Trump Announces New “Celebrity Apprentice” Cast

Mike Vulpo |
January 4, 2012 | 9:20 a.m. PST

Senior Entertainment Editor

Donald Trump, Matt Lauer and some future contestants on "Today." (@sarahjdunham)
Donald Trump, Matt Lauer and some future contestants on "Today." (@sarahjdunham)
Donald Trump announced the latest cast for “The Celebrity Apprentice” Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today” show.

According to Trump, the highly competitive group has already filmed several episodes in New York City.

The men’s team consists of Clay Aiken, IndyCar series driver Marco Andretti, radio host Adam Carolla, bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, Penn Jillette and Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider. “Star Trek” star George Takei and “American Copper” Paul Teutul, Sr. round out the male contestants.

The females competing include Cheryl Tiegs, model Patricia Velasquez, Danity Kane singer Aubrey O’Day, singer Dayana Mendoza, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Victoria Gotti, “Real Housewives of New Jersey” Teresa Giudice and singer Tia Carrere. 80s singer Deborah Gibson is also part of the cast.

 “I just think we have a major group of celebrities, and we have a very iconic group,” Trump told People Magazine. “This is the best cast we’ve ever had, the biggest cast, and it’s going to be special.”

Rumors are already swirling that Victoria Gotti and Teresa Giudice are not getting along in the initial tasks. Trump jokes to NBC’s Matt Lauer that in light of Gotti’s father’s background, it might be difficult to tell her she’s fired.

The fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” will premiere Sunday, Feb. 12 on NBC.

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