Arnold is replacing Donald, and the action will shift to Los Angeles, where NBC Thursday unveiled the 16 contestants competing for boardroom supremacy in NBC’s #CelebrityApprentice.
The lineup, as usual, features the semi-famous and the formerly famous athletes, actors and reality-TV stars, vying in business-themed challenges and avoiding getting “fired” to support their favorite charity. The big difference: Actor and former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is replacing Donald Trump as host and boss of the boardroom, after NBC fired him when he began his presidential campaign.
Reality standouts competing are Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams! The Real Housewives divas, will be put to the test as part of the cast for the new season of The Celebrity Apprentice 2016.
Kyle and Porsha shared their excitement for joining the business competition series on social media.
— Kyle Richards (@KyleRichards) January 28, 2016
— Porsha Williams (@Porsha4real) January 28, 2016
The panel of “advisers” will include investor Warren E. Buffett, former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and lawyer Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, Arnold’s nephew. The show will begin production shortly. An airdate has not been scheduled, but it is expected as early as this fall.
The full list of contestants:
- Laila Ali, retired boxing champ and daughter of Muhammad Ali
- Brooke Burke-Charvet, actress/host and CEO of ModernMom.com
- Eric Dickerson, former NFL running back
- Boy George, musician and coach of U.K.’s The Voice
- Matt Iseman, co-host of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior
- Carrie Keagan, former VH1 talk-show host
- Carson Kressley, TV host and fashion expert
- Lisa Leslie, Olympic medalist and WNBA star
- Jon Lovitz, comedian and actor
- Vince Neil, lead singer for Motley Crue
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jersey Shore star
- Kyle Richards, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star
- Chael Sonnen, mixed-marrtial arts
- Porsha Williams, Real Housewives of Atlanta star
- Ricky Williams, ESPN analyst and former NFL player
- Carnie Wilson, singer and former talk-show host
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