Welcome back to the boardroom!
NBC revealed the full line-up of stars set to participate in the eighth edition of the reality show (and 15th season of The Apprentice franchise) and the names run the gambit from sports stars to reality TV fixtures. Joining new host Arnold Schwarzenegger in the boardroom are:
Laila Ali, retired boxing world champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali
Brooke Burke-Charvet, actress, TV host and CEO of ModernMom.com
Eric Dickerson, pro football hall of fame running back
Boy George, Grammy-winning singer
Matt Iseman, America Ninja Warrior host
Carrie Keagan, actress, writer and former host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan
Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning reality TV fixture and celebrity stylist
Lisa Leslie, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion
Jon Lovitz, comedian and former Saturday Night Live star
Vince Neil, lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, former star of Jersey Shore
Kyle Richards, actress and star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Chael Sonnen, former UFC fighter and mixed martial artist
Porsha Williams, singer and star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas and ESPN sports analyst
Carnie Wilson, singer and member of Wilson Phillips
The action will shift from New York to California this year with a new headquarters in Silicon Beach. According to NBC, the contestants will “compete in challenging, business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes.”
NBC severed ties with Donald Trump in June 2015 after the Republican presidential candidate made several derogatory remarks about immigrants. (Trump released a statement saying he planned on stepping away from the show anyway because of his presidential run.) In September, it was announced that Schwarzenegger would be replacing Trump as the host.
“I have always been a huge fan of The Celebrity Apprentice and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork,” theTerminator actor and former Governor of California said in a statement. “I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started!”
And while some expected Trump to have some less-than-kind words to say after being replaced by NBC, his reaction was the exact opposite. “Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season’s Celebrity Apprentice,” Trumptweeted. “He’ll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity. To all my fans, sorry I couldn’t do The Apprentice any longer—but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. Love!”
The series has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will not only get the coveted title, but also a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.
No premiere date was announced.