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Celebrity Apprentice Recap: The 2012 Winner Is…

May 20, 2012 09:05 PM by Veronica Dudo

They’re back! All of the 2012 Celebrity Apprentice contestants return tonight for the live season finale! Who will be crowned the winner of the NBC reality TV series–Arsenio Hall or Clay Aiken? Plus can Lisa Lampanelli and Dayana Mendoza be in the same room together? Keep reading to find out who Donald Trump selects as the 2012 Celebrity Apprentice and what the fired contestants have to say about the season!

The final two contestants have been working to raise money and awareness for their charities. The remaining two celebrity contestants are fighting to be hired as The Celebrity Apprentice. The last one standing will have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their charity. The remaining three business-savvy celebrity contestants are late-night legend Arsenio Hall and pop star Clay Aiken.

The last challenge is for the two finalists–Clay and Arsenio–to create 30 second charity awareness ads and host variety shows. Clay’s charity is the National Inclusion Project and Arsenio’s charity is the Magic Johnson Foundation.

Donald Trump has brought back eight eliminated celebrity contestants to help the finalists. The celebrities are Adam Carolla, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutul Sr., Penn Jillette, Teresa Giudice and Aubrey O’Day.

Arsenio has picked Adam Carolla, Lisa, Lampanelli, Paul Teutul Sr. and Teresa Giudice. Meanwhile Clay has selected Debbie Gibson, Penn Jillette, Dee Snider and Aubrey O’Day. Arsenio’s team is focused on comedy and Clay’s team is focused on music for the variety show–no surprise there!

Arsenio is working on his script for the comedy show with fellow comedians Lisa and Adam when the drama continues. Adam relentlessly suggests Arsenio host a “roast” but Arsenio doesn’t want to do that kind of a show. Ultimately he has to lay down the law and tell Adam that it’s his neck on the line so he makes the decisions and he wants a “party” atmosphere. Arsenio creates a plush, modern and sexy club. For his ad, Arsenio gets lucky when Adam’s (not professional) video team on the West Coast shoots Magic Johnson from the right side and all is well again for his ad with the celebrity.

Meanwhile, Clay’s theme is a “carnival” with games, entertainment and a mural that he finally allows Debbie’s cousin to paint. However, the walls are BIG and time is ticking so Clay has everyone painting to be able to finish in enough time. But all is not well on Clay’s team when Aubrey sounds off about Clay once again saying, “If I wasn’t here he wouldn’t have a show!”

It’s time for the doors to open. When collecting donations at the door there are not a lot of people on Arsenio’s side to which he says his friends must be running on, “OCP time: on colored people time.” But on Clays side there are lots of people lined up known as “Claymates.” After the doors open, Arsenio’s good friend Whoopi Goldberg shows up to support him!

Later, Lisa hires a drag Queen (could you tell the difference!?!) to give Clay a donation for his charity! First Arsenio and his team do their comedy routines followed by lots of singing from Clay’s team.

During the live portion of the show, Lou announces that he just had surgery and can hear without a hearing aid. Donald Trump asked Dayana what she thinks of Lisa Lampanelli to which she answers that she still has no respect for Lisa saying, “Unfortunately, I have nothing positive to say about her after the show.” Dayana also thanks Donald for the opportunity to be on the show. Donald then asks Dayana to stand up and the crowd cheers. Lisa says she thinks Dayana is great. In a look back at her time on the show, Lisa said, “At this point I need more hormonal help than Chaz Bono!”

Victoria Gotti also says she has no respect for Aubrey and Lisa saying their rude, crude and loud adding that Aubrey looks like a cartoon character! Dee Snider shares that he has had several surgeries on his finger which he hurt early on in the show and may have to have more. A newly blonde and bronzed Aubrey says she is a “fierce competitor” and her only regret is not leaving her cast mates with something positive instead of negative.

In the end Arsenio raises a little over $165,000 for his charity while Clay raises a little over $300,000. Donald Trump says this has been the most difficult decision on the show but after much consideration he selects Arsenio Hall as the 2012 Celebrity Apprentice.

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13 Responses to “Celebrity Apprentice Recap: The 2012 Winner Is…”

  1. Cheryl Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I would like to know Donald’s reason for picking Arsenio. Clay should have been picked. I won’t waste my time on another season

  2. cynthia jones Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    who really cares who he selected . . . what do the winners do anyway? The past winners have not been heard from since they won, so what’s the big deal

  3. Ramona Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I am so happy Arsenio won!!. His communication skills are stellar and he is well respected by many people of diverse backgrounds and ideologies. Clay was good, too but Arsenio is the best choice.

  4. Karen Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    It was probably a very difficult decision and I don’t agree with it. Clay did a much better job overall. I like Arsino..love him in fact…but I still believe that Clay deserved it.

  5. mary Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I really thin it’s a joke that Arsenio won. Considering his charity was Michael Jordan’s Aids Awareness and then allow Lisa to make the obscene joke about Clay and his homosexuality as totally uncalled for. To me it seemed to be a slap in the charity’s face knowing how aids is spread.

  6. A stephens Says:
    May 20th, 2012 at 11:25 pm


  7. Kari Tingley Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:52 am

    It is unbelievable to me that Arsenio won. I felt that Clay did such a better job in everyway! The last task Clay nailed it every aspect. I even like Clay’s charity! It’s really sad. I know Clay will go on to do bigger and better things with his effort and time.

  8. Ms. Pam Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 5:30 am

    What is fair is fair…and that was not a fair judgement. Always loved the show…but now I am so mad. But you know Mr. Trump…he would never admit he did anything wrong. I really like Arsenio but this decision when Clay’s team raised double money..come on Mr. Trump!!!!!

  9. Seymore Butz Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Clay sucks; but not as much as that stankass Aubrey. I’m glad we won’t have to listen stupid, know it all comments any more. the final seconds of her 15 minutes of fame are ticking off. She is also a 2 time loser just like Clay. If she’s so great and worldly; why did Pdiddy and Trump both get rid of her sorry behind? She didn’t even have enough class to congratulate Arsenio!!

  10. rocco Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think The Donald did a good job when picking Arsenio ………WELL DONE !

  11. Bill from Marlton, NJ Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Clay Aiken was completely robbed. His event was more elaborate, the show was classier (although BABY LOVE was a poor choice, Debbie), and his team raised almost twice as much. Contrary to what Eric said, if Clay’s losing as project manager was an issue, he should not have been in the final two. Trump chose Arsenio because Arsenio promised to give Trump credit for Arsenio’s comeback, and Trump isn’t anything if not egomanical. I still wonder how Ivanka came from his seed. A VERY disappointing ending to 15 weeks of a show. Sorry I wasted my 30 hours!

  12. Nathan Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Personally, the only real winners are the charities. Not only did Clay’s and Arsenio’s charities recieve money, but the other contestents charities recieved recongnition. I would have never had known about Patricia Velasquez charity that she started if not for the show. I am not a big fan of “reality t.v.” but the means to an end for raising money for worthwhile charities is a good justification for watching. Good job to all the contestants

  13. ellie Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 2:02 pm



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