The Celebrity Apprentice

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The Celebrity Apprentice
Genre Reality competition
Created by Mark Burnett
Theme music composer
Opening theme "For the Love of Money"
Performed by The O'Jays
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 83
Producer(s) Mark Burnett
Donald Trump
Production location(s) New York, New York
Running time 60 minutes (season 1)
120 minutes (seasons 2–)
Production company(s)
Distributor FremantleMedia Enterprises
Original network NBC
Original release January 3, 2008 (2008-01-03) – present
Related shows The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
The Apprentice
External links
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The Celebrity Apprentice is an American television reality game show. It is a variation of The Apprentice series which was previously hosted by real estate magnate, businessman and television personality Donald Trump. Also like its precursor, the show's opening theme song is "For the Love of Money" by The O'Jays. Unlike its precursor, however, Celebrity Apprentice consists of famous people as competing apprentices rather than unknowns. Some of the celebrities are relatively current while others tend to be those who have been out of the public eye for some time. All of them are competing to win money for a charitable organization of their choice. The celebrities come from a wide variety of different fields in the media: sitcoms, professional sports, music industry, reality television, radio, and other backgrounds.

The Celebrity Apprentice is linked in seasons to its precursor TV show, The Apprentice, which consists of seasons one to six and season ten. The Celebrity Apprentice consists of seasons seven to nine and eleven onward.

The seventh season (14th overall) premiered on Sunday, January 4, 2015.[1]


On July 6, 2007, it was announced that The Apprentice had been renewed for a seventh season, with a possibility of an eighth.[2] In an effort to revitalize interest in the series, season seven[3] featured celebrities playing the game to raise money for charities, going under the name The Celebrity Apprentice as opposed to continuing under The Apprentice format. British tabloid editor Piers Morgan was declared the winner of that season. On January 28, 2008, NBC confirmed that season eight would feature celebrities playing the game to raise money for charity. That season premiered in March 2009, and resulted in a win for comedian Joan Rivers.[4]

Season three of The Celebrity Apprentice aired in the spring of 2010, and was won by musician Bret Michaels.

On March 17, 2010, NBC officially stated that a new season of the original Apprentice would be brought back, with the explanation that regular working people would again attract audiences in light of the damaged U.S. economy. That season premiered September 16, 2010.[5] This time the ratings were low, and both Trump and Producer Mark Burnett returned to the 'Celebrity' format, which saw John Rich win in season four. In season five, late night host Arsenio Hall won. In season six, the first all-star season took place, bringing back 14 of the most memorable celebrities to compete for the first title of the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, which country singer Trace Adkins won. In season seven, Donald Trump returned the show to the regular Celebrity Apprentice format; TV anchor and talk show host Leeza Gibbons won the season.

In June 2015, Trump announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In the United States, federal campaign laws require that television stations give all candidates for a particular office equal time.[6] Thus in September 2015, NBC announced that actor Arnold Schwarzenegger would become the new host and that the new season would premiere sometime in the 2016–17 TV season.[7]

In an April 2016 interview, Trump revealed he earned about $213 million from the show over its 14 seasons.[8]

Statistics by season

Note: Given that the show is a sequel television series, the below "statistics by season" chart is a continuation from its precursor's (The Apprentice) "statistics by season" chart. Note as well that season 10 is omitted from the chart below as the show reverted back to The Apprentice for that season.

Season Winner Winner's charity Time slot Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
Finale viewers
(in millions)
7 Piers Morgan Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund Thursday
9:00 pm
January 3, 2008 March 27, 2008 2007–08 48 11.0[9] 12.1[10]
8 Joan Rivers God's Love We Deliver Sunday
9:00 pm
March 1, 2009 May 10, 2009 2008–09 52 9.0[11] 8.7[12]
9 Bret Michaels American Diabetes Association March 14, 2010 May 23, 2010 2009-10 59 7.4[13] 9.3[14]
11 John Rich St. Jude Children's Research Hospital March 6, 2011 May 22, 2011 2010–11 46 8.8[15] 8.3[16]
12 Arsenio Hall Magic Johnson Foundation February 19, 2012 May 20, 2012 2011–12 73[17] 7.1[17] 6.9[18]
13 Trace Adkins American Red Cross March 3, 2013 May 19, 2013 2012–13 84[19] 5.6[19] 5.3
14 Leeza Gibbons Leeza's Care Connection Monday
8:00 pm
January 4, 2015 February 16, 2015 2014–15 67[20] 7.6[20] 6.1

Candidates by season

Note: Winners are indicated in Bold.

Celebrity Apprentice 1 (season 7)

Celebrity Apprentice 2 (season 8)

Celebrity Apprentice 3 (season 9)

Celebrity Apprentice 4 (season 11)

Celebrity Apprentice 5 (season 12)

Celebrity Apprentice 6 (season 13)

Celebrity Apprentice 7 (season 14)

Celebrity Apprentice 8 (season 15)

Similar shows in other nations


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