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Donald Trump's back with 14 'Apprentice' All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — If at first you don't succeed ...
NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" is bringing back 13 players fired from past "Apprentice" contests, plus one notable winner, in the first-ever "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice."
"We wouldn't have done the 'All-Star' concept unless we were able to get the right contestants back," said Donald Trump, the host and boardroom boss who once again will be pronouncing each contestant's fate.
The series, which starts shooting this new season on Monday for a March 2013 premiere, announced its slate of 14 contenders Friday morning.
— country music star Trace Adkins.
— actor Stephen Baldwin.
— actor Gary Busey.
— magician and illusionist Penn Jillette.
— DJ artist and rap star Lil Jon.
— NBA Hall-of-Famer Dennis Rodman.
— Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
— actress and author Marilu Henner.
— singer La Toya Jackson.
— TV personality and actress Claudia Jordan.
— reality star Omarosa, who competed in the first, pre-celebrity edition of "The Apprentice."
— actress and author Lisa Rinna.
— Playboy Playmate of the Year Brande Roderick.
— plus Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who in 2010 emerged as the winner despite life-threatening ailments that included a brain hemorrhage and hospitalization for what doctors called a warning stroke.
"They're all very smart, and I think they learned a lot from their last go-around," Trump told The Associated Press. "This time, some of them will change their game to fool their rivals — some for better, some for worse."
The winner, as usual, will collect $250,000 to donate to his or her chosen charity.
Trump was asked whether, beneath the tough manner he displays for each contender in the boardroom, he has secret favorites in the race.