The Celebrity Apprentice premiered tonight with marking the 12th “Apprentice” season!
This season promises lots of drama and excitement with eighteen celebrities fighting for $250,000 for charity (and screen time).
Some of this season’s big names include singer Clay Aiken, ‘Real Housewife’ Teresa Giudice, Victoria Gotti, Penn Jillette and my favorite and pick to win Lisa Lampanelli.
The 18 celebrities are showcased and waiting in Lincoln Centre for the one and only Donald Trump.
Once he has arrived and words are exchanged, the Donald separated the group into men vs. women and sent them to Trump Tower to pick their name and project manager.
The men decided to call their team the “Honey Badgers,” that is until American Idol alum, Clay Aiken, spoke against it. Penn Jillette then suggested “Unanimous” which everyone unanimously approved of. The men appoint Paul Teutel as project manager.
As for the women, they chose the name “Forte” after Victoria Gotti called out the women for coming up with names that are ridiculous. The title of project manager goes to Patricia Velasquez.
The teams were then called down to the boardroom where they introduced their team names and project managers. After that Donald revealed to the contestants that Marco Andretti was not in attendance because his friend had died in an accident. So in his place was Marco’s father.
See the rest of the recap, after the jump!
The celebrities’ first challenge was to make the most sandwiches (money) at a New York deli. The team that makes the most money including tips wins the challenge.
Side note: Victoria Gotti injured her eye somehow before the challenge.
After a grueling first challenge that included choppers, red carpets, singing, a dance troop and lots and lots of sandwiches the teams went to the Rachel Ray Show where she sampled each teams’ product (her judgment will go straight to the Donald).
Once in the boardroom some contestants praised while others threw each other under the bus (as usual).
Trump then reveals that the team with the best sandwich (insert Rachel Ray’s decision) will receive a donation of $35,000 from Café Metro. The best sandwich title and extra donation went to the men’s team.
Then came the verdict. The women’s team raised a total of $126,962, while the men brought in a whopping $367,120.
The men’s team won!
The Second Boardroom:
The women’s team lost the challenge meaning that one of them would be sent home.
Project manager, Patricia Velasquez, then chose Victoria Gotti and Cheryl Tiegs to come back into the boardroom with her for elimination.
Trump then made his first elimination of the season, sending… Cheryl Tiegs packing.