The New Celebrity Apprentice
|The Apprentice (U.S. season 15)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Original release||January 2 – February 13, 2017|
|No. of contestants||16|
|Teams||"Arete" and "Prima"|
|No. of tasks||12|
The New Celebrity Apprentice is the eighth and final installment of the reality game show, The Celebrity Apprentice. It aired from January 2 to February 13, 2017. The winner of this season was Matt Iseman.
The season marks the debut of Arnold Schwarzenegger—actor and former Governor of California, as host. The show's former host, current United States President Donald Trump, stated he opted to leave "out of respect" while he was focusing on his presidential campaign. NBC had also begun to cut ties with Trump following controversial remarks he made upon the start of his campaign in 2015. Trump remains as an executive producer through the show's production company, MGM Television.
NBC announced the 16 contestants, as well as advisors Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Steve Ballmer, Jessica Alba and Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger on January 28, 2016. On December 1, 2016, six more advisors were announced. Those advisers are former The Apprentice winner Leeza Gibbons, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, Extra co-host Tracey Edmonds, The Biggest Loser host Bob Harper, YouTube star iJustine, and "Moola" CEO Gemma Godfrey. This season was filmed in Los Angeles.
Aside from the host and location, the most notable change from previous seasons is that the catch phrase that accompanies a candidate's termination has been changed from "You're fired" to "You're terminated", a reference to one of Schwarzenegger's most famous film roles. Also, instead of sending contestants away in a taxi cab or limousine, Schwarzenegger sends them away with a helicopter, telling them to "get to the chopper", a reference to the film Predator.
On March 3, 2017, Schwarzenegger announced he would leave the show after one season since he did not like the "baggage" attached to the show caused by Trump. On August 3, 2017 NBC announced the show had been axed.
|Matt Iseman||American Ninja Warrior host||Arete||45||Denver, Colorado||Arthritis Foundation||The Celebrity Apprentice
|Boy George||Culture Club singer||Arete||55||London, England||Safe Kids Worldwide||Terminated in the season finale
|Brooke Burke-Charvet||Television host & model||Prima||45||Tucson, Arizona||Operation Smile||Terminated in task 12
|Laila Ali||Professional boxer||Prima||39||Miami, Florida||Women's Sports Foundation||Terminated in task 11
|Lisa Leslie||WNBA player||Prima||44||Inglewood, California||Semper Fi Fund||Terminated in task 10
|Carson Kressley||Fashion designer & television host||Arete||47||Orefield, Pennsylvania||True Colors Fund||Terminated in task 10
|Ricky Williams||NFL running back||Arete||39||San Diego, California||Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation||Terminated in task 9
|Porsha Williams||The Real Housewives of Atlanta star & Dish Nation co-host||Prima||35||Decatur, Georgia||HOSEA||Terminated in task 8
|Chael Sonnen||Mixed Martial Artist||Arete||39||West Linn, Oregon||Hire Heroes USA||Disqualified in task 8
|Vince Neil||Mötley Crüe singer||Arete||55||Glendora, California||Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by Keep Memory Alive||Terminated in task 7
|Jon Lovitz||Comedian||Arete||59||Tarzana, California||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital||Terminated in task 6
|Kyle Richards||The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star & actress||Prima||48||Beverly Hills, California||Children's Hospital Los Angeles||Terminated in task 5
|Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi||Reality star||Prima||29||Marlboro, New York||North Shore Animal League America||Terminated in task 4
|Eric Dickerson||NFL running back||Arete||56||Sealy, Texas||Young Warriors||Terminated in task 3
|Carnie Wilson||Wilson Phillips singer||Prima||48||Bel Air, California||The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America||Terminated in task 2
|Carrie Keagan||Talk show host & actress||Prima||36||Amherst, New York||The Humane Society of the United States||Terminated in task 1
|Candidate||Original team||Task 6 team||Task 9 team||Task 11 team||Application result||Record as project manager|
|Matt Iseman||Arete||Arete||Arete||Arete||The Celebrity Apprentice||2–0 (win in tasks 4 & 8)|
|Boy George||Arete||Arete||Prima||Prima||Terminated in the season finale||2–0 (win in tasks 1 & 11)|
|Brooke Burke-Charvet||Prima||Arete||Arete||Prima||Terminated in task 12||2–0 (win in tasks 7 & 10)|
|Laila Ali||Prima||Arete||Arete||Arete||Terminated in task 11||1–1 (win in task 3, loss in task 11)|
|Lisa Leslie||Prima||Prima||Prima||Terminated in task 10||1–1 (win in task 9, loss in task 7)|
|Carson Kressley||Arete||Prima||Prima||Terminated in task 10||1–2 (win in task 5, loss in tasks 8 & 10)|
|Ricky Williams||Arete||Arete||Arete||Terminated in task 9||0–2 (loss in tasks 6 & 9)|
|Porsha Williams||Prima||Prima||Terminated in task 8||0–1 (loss in task 1)|
|Chael Sonnen||Arete||Prima||Disqualified in task 8||0–1 (loss in task 3)|
|Vince Neil||Arete||Prima||Terminated in task 7||1–0 (win in task 6)|
|Jon Lovitz||Arete||Arete||Terminated in task 6||1–0 (win in task 2)|
|Kyle Richards||Prima||Terminated in task 5||0–1 (loss in task 5)|
|Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi||Prima||Terminated in task 4||0–1 (loss in task 4)|
|Eric Dickerson||Arete||Terminated in task 3|
|Carnie Wilson||Prima||Terminated in task 2||0–1 (loss in task 2)|
|Carrie Keagan||Prima||Terminated in task 1|
- The candidate was on the winning team.
- The candidate was on the losing team.
- The candidate won the competition and was named the Celebrity Apprentice
- The candidate won as project manager on his/her team.
- The candidate lost as project manager on his/her team.
- The candidate was on the losing team and brought to the final boardroom.
- The candidate was terminated.
- The candidate lost as project manager and was terminated.
- The candidate was disqualified from the competition for breaking the rules.
- The candidate was excused from the task but not terminated.
|Title||Original air date||Prod.|
|84||1||"In Here You Call Me Governor"||January 2, 2017||1501||4.95|
|85||2||"Fire Up That Chopper"||January 9, 2017||1502||3.91|
|86||3||"Candy For a Billionaire"||January 16, 2017||1503||4.33|
|87||4||"Scissors and Some Creativity"||January 23, 2017||1504||3.90|
Arnold told Chael "you're fired" rather than "you're terminated."
|88||5||"I'm Going Full Ballmer"||January 30, 2017||1505||3.71|
Boy George was the only person on Team Prima because he was not responsible for the loss.
|89||6||"Bon Voyage"||February 6, 2017||1506||3.48|
Curtis Stone makes an appearance on the show. He helps Boy George's Team to do a photo shoot. He gets Porsha and Carson out of the dining room before they can drink too much alcohol. George is happy they got what they came for.
|90||7||"I Have No Time For Anyone's Ego Except My Own"||February 13, 2017||1507||3.48|
The season received an overwhelmingly negative response and President Donald Trump mocked Arnold Schwarzenegger multiple times regarding the season's low ratings, saying he was a poor fit for the show and was not a good host compared to himself. Katz Television Group's Bill Carroll stated, "Arnold Schwarzenegger was fine, but it was a different dynamic. The Apprentice in the United States was Trump. From the opening credits—the Trump helicopter, the Trump plane, Trump buildings, it was so identified with Trump and his personality that it's difficult to recast."
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