The Celebrity Apprentice
|The Celebrity Apprentice|
|Created by||Mark Burnett|
Donald Trump, Jr.
Eric Trump (2010–)
|Theme music composer||Kenneth Gamble
|Opening theme||"For the Love of Money"
Performed by The O'Jays
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||83|
|Location(s)||New York, New York|
|Running time||60 minutes (season 1)
120 minutes (seasons 2–)
|Production company(s)||Trump Productions
Mark Burnett Productions (seasons 1–6)
United Artists Media Group (seasons 7–)
|Original release||January 3, 2008– present|
|Related shows||The Apprentice: Martha Stewart
The Celebrity Apprentice is an American television reality game show. It is a variation of The Apprentice series which is 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 persons as the competing apprentices as opposed to 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 is seasons seven to nine, and eleven onward.
In June 2015, after Trump made derogatory comments about immigrants, NBC announced it would no longer do business with him. However, the network left open the possibility of the show continuing with a new host.
- 1 History
- 2 Season installments
- 3 Statistics by season
- 4 Contestants by season
- 5 Similar shows in other nations
- 6 References
On July 6, 2007, it was announced that The Apprentice had been renewed for a seventh season, with a possibility of an eighth. In an effort to revitalize interest in the series, season seven 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 victorious player 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 January 2009, and resulted in a win for comedian Joan Rivers.
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. 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 regular Celebrity Apprentice, TV anchor and talk show host Leeza Gibbons won the season.
Existing as a sequel television series to the U.S. version of The Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice seasons are numerically continued from seasons of its predecessor. As of 2013, six seasons of Celebrity Apprentice have aired (season 10 was a non-celebrity format):
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 7), airing January – March 2008
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 8), airing March – May 2009
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 9), airing March – May 2010
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 11), airing March – May 2011
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 12), airing February – May 2012
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 13), airing March – May 2013
- The Apprentice (U.S. season 14), airing January – February 2015
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
|7||Piers Morgan||Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund||Thursday
|January 3, 2008||March 27, 2008||2007–08||48||11.0||12.1|
|8||Joan Rivers||God's Love We Deliver||Sunday
|March 1, 2009||May 10, 2009||2008–09||52||9.0||8.7|
|9||Bret Michaels||American Diabetes Association||March 14, 2010||May 23, 2010||2009-10||59||7.4||9.3|
|11||John Rich||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital||March 6, 2011||May 22, 2011||2010–11||46||8.8||8.3|
|12||Arsenio Hall||Magic Johnson Foundation||February 19, 2012||May 20, 2012||2011–12||73||7.1||6.9|
|13||Trace Adkins||American Red Cross||March 3, 2013||May 19, 2013||2012–13||84||5.6||5.3|
|14||Leeza Gibbons||Leeza's Care Connection||Monday
|January 4, 2015||February 16, 2015||2014–15||67||7.6||6.1|
Contestants by season
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)
Similar shows in other nations
- The Celebrity Apprentice Australia
- Celebrity Apprentice Ireland
- Comic Relief Does The Apprentice (UK)
- Sport Relief Does The Apprentice (UK)
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