Donald Trump, executive producer and star of “Celebrity Apprentice,” announced today the newest and largest-ever lineup of famous faces appearing on Season 5 of the series, premiering Sunday, February 12 at 9pm EST/PST on NBC.
The men are: actor George Takei, late-night legend Arsenio Hall, pop star Clay Aiken, radio host Adam Carolla, the “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul, Sr.
The women are: actress and multi-Grammy winner Tia Carrere, supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, author and reality star Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, singer and actress Aubrey O’Day, actress and model Patricia Velásquez, and star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice.
All 18 business-savvy celebrity contestants will compete with the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity, following in the footsteps of previous winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and John Rich.
The celebrities will be subject to long hours, grueling deadlines, intellectual challenges, personality clashes, and intense scrutiny under the careful watch of Donald Trump and his advisors, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump. Last season, “Celebrity Apprentice” raised a record amount for the contestants’ charities, donating over $3.1 million to charity.
George Takei talks Celebrity Apprentice Season 5
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With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series “Star Trek,” in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of “Star Trek” and later reprised his iconic role in six movies. More recently, Takei won over a new generation of fans with his recurring guest role on the NBC sci-fi drama “Heroes” as Kaito Nakamura, the father of time-traveler Hiro Nakamura.
Takei is featured in the recent Universal Pictures comedy film “Larry Crowne,” starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. He also stars in the action-comedy series “Supah Ninjas” on Nickelodeon.
Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga are developing a new musical called “Allegiance.” The musical is an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. The 2012 “Allegiance” world premiere at the Old Globe theatre in San will be followed by a Broadway run.
Takei’s on-camera television credits include guest appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Scrubs,” “Miami Vice,” “MacGyver,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Mission: Impossible,” “My Three Sons,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” and “The Twilight Zone.” He has appeared on “The Big Bang Theory,” “Psych,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Will & Grace.”
Takei has brought his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games and commercials during his prolific career. In film, Takei can be heard voicing characters in such films as “Mulan,” “Mulan II” and “Batman Beyond: The Movie.” He has voiced characters for numerous animated series including “The Simpsons,” “Scooby-Doo and the Samurai Sword,” “Transformers: Animated,” “Kim Possible,” “Futurama,” “El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Hey Arnold!,” “Samurai Jack,” “Hercules,” “Spider-Man,” “The Smurfs” and George Lucas’ “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Adding to his resume, Takei has provided narration on many projects including the 2009 PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” the 2006 Peabody Award-winning radio documentary, “Crossing East,” centered on the history of Asian American immigration to the United States, and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (cassette) which garnered Takei a 1987 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.
In addition to a busy acting career, Takei regularly appears on Howard Stern’s Sirius XM satellite radio show. He is also an accomplished author, having co-written the science-fiction novel “Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe” with Robert Asprin and published his autobiography “To the Stars” in 1994.
Takei, a Japanese American who from age 4 to 8 was unjustly interned in two U.S. internment camps during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and community activist. Takei is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. He has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign “Coming Out Project,” and was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S.-Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei, located between Mars and Jupiter, was named in the performer’s honor in appreciation for his social work.
Tia Carrere talks Celebrity Apprentice Season 5
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Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tia Carrere is an accomplished actress in motion pictures and television, and a Grammy Award-winning musical artist.
Since she was discovered in a grocery store for her first movie role in “Aloha Summer,” Carrere has shown her range of acting talent and versatility starring in numerous blockbusters, among them, “Wayne’s World 1 & 2” with Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, “True Lies” opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, and “Rising Sun” with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes. Carrere also voiced the character of Nani in Disney’s classic animated film and TV series “Lilo & Stitch.” Most recently, Carrere co-starred in “You May Not Kiss the Bride” with Rob Schneider and Mena Suvari. She can also be seen in “Wild Cherry” with Rumer Willis and Kristin Cavallari, and “Hard Breakers” with Tom Arnold, Chris Kattan, and Sophie Monk. Currently, Carrere is producing a biopic of Hawaiian surf legend Rell Sunn in which she will star.
In television, Carrere launched her acting career in Los Angeles with a regular role on the daytime drama “General Hospital.” Recently, she has had recurring roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm, “ “Nip/Tuck,” and “Back To You,” and SyFy’s “Warehouse 13.” “Relic Hunter,” Carrere’s action/adventure television series, continues to play in syndication all over the world.
Carrere and her long-time friend, artist/producer Daniel Ho, have been nominated for a Grammy each of the last three years and won music’s highest honor in 2009. The acclaimed CDs consist of all-original Hawaiian language compositions. With ‘hawaiiana,’ they reached #10 on Billboard’s World Music Chart. Carrere also performed on the double-platinum movie soundtrack for “Wayne’s World,” had the end title song on “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” and released her own Warner Bros. record, “Dream.”