- 20 Celebrities You Totally Forgot Were On The Apprentice
- 20 Kevin Jonas
- 19 Khloe Kardashian
- 18 George Takei
- 17 Gilbert Gottfried
- 16 Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
- 15 Kate Gosselin
- 14 Lou Ferrigno
- 13 Jon Lovitz
- 12 Adam Carolla
- 11 Melissa Rivers
- 10 Tom Green
- 9 Lil’ Jon
- 8 Sharon Osbourne
- 7 Clay Aiken
- 6 Stephen Baldwin
- 5 Gene Simmons
- 4 Meatloaf
- 3 Cyndi Lauper
- 2 Marilu Henner
- 1 Tito Ortiz
- Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine | George Monbiot
- 34 Hollywood Stars for Donald Trump (Photos)
20 Celebrities You Totally Forgot Were On The Apprentice
Ever since the fad of reality television grabbed ahold of the medium, it's never really let go.
The mania that surrounds these programs may no longer be at the peak that it once was, but reality television has proven its staying power. Not only has the genre never disappeared, but old reality programs are even getting modern reboots.
Hot off of the heels of Survivor, Mark Burnett found another major hit on his hands with the business-oriented The Apprentice.
The series took on a life of its own, but the later half of its seasons were devoted to competitions between celebrities. The Celebrity Apprentice featured plenty of memorable celebrity appearances, but there were a few who slipped through the cracks. Accordingly, Here Are 20 Celebrities You Totally Forgot Were On The Apprentice.
20 Kevin Jonas
Of all of the celebrities to wind up on The Apprentice, Kevin Jonas is an individual with a certain, current appeal.
Jonas is still very much in demand and he's not some old star trying to reclaim success.
Jonas brought a youthful energy and creativity to the challenges on Celebrity Apprentice, but it wasn't enough of a transformation to pull him away from music.
19 Khloe Kardashian
The Kardashians don't just have an entire brand and empire at their disposal, but a wealth of their own reality programming. In spite of persistent exposure, Khloe Kardashian still indulged and decided to compete on Celebrity Apprentice in order to demonstrate how much business acumen she has. She doesn't last long, but she makes a strong impression.
18 George Takei
Star Trek has seen a major resurgence in the past few years, but not too far back the franchise was in a definite lull. Perhaps as a result, strange spectacles George Takei's appearance on Celebrity Apprentice manifest. Takei's character may be an expert in outer space, but evidently Starfleet Command skills don't translate to the boardroom.
17 Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried has built an enviable career off of biting, mature comedy and his beloved voice work. There's no mistaking a Gilbert Gottfried performance.
Gottfried gives a large performance that seems more concerned with having fun than winning, but he's deeply entertaining on the series.
If only we could have heard Gottfried’s unique voice say, “You’re fired!” a few times!
16 Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
When it came to the personalities that appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, the show would curiously turn to individuals from other reality shows for their contestant pool. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is the perfect example of someone that seems least suitable for The Apprentice, but Snooki manages to do okay during her time there.
15 Kate Gosselin
It's crazy to look at the vacuum that some reality shows operate within and how one popular series can balloon into a handful.
Kate Gosselin found fame through Jon & Kate Plus 8, but as the eponymous relationship became progressively on the rocks, Kate Gosselin pursued other avenues.
Her appearance may not have amounted to more than a novelty, but it's also a testament to her popularity at the time.
14 Lou Ferrigno
One factor that Celebrity Apprentice taps into— whether intentional or otherwise— is the feeling of nostalgia that it conjures through some of its celebrity contestants. We may have a fancy new Hulk now, but Lou Ferrigno is a classic blast back to the '80s. He impressively proves that he's not all brawn and that he's got some brains, too.
13 Jon Lovitz
Jon Lovitz was an important pillar on Saturday Night Live in the '90s and he's continued to stay relevant in the fringe comedy world (as well as the occasional guest appearance on The Simpsons). Lovitz is a decent get for the series and he also comes during the first season where Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts and it's The New Celebrity Apprentice.
12 Adam Carolla
Adam Carolla is known for his quick wit and acerbic comedy. That sarcastic energy works when you're being humorous, but it makes it much harder to be taken seriously in a boardroom. Carolla faces a tough lot at first, but he gets over his hurdles and gives a valiant effort.
11 Melissa Rivers
The Celebrity Apprentice played an evil trick when it made Joan and Melissa Rivers, mother and daughter, compete against one another. It definitely makes for an interesting competition, but Melissa doesn't have the same cutthroat drive as her mother. Joan happens to win the whole thing, whereas Melissa is more of a footnote for the season.
10 Tom Green
Tom Green made a career absurdist alternative comedy before there was even really a name for it.
Green's success prompted a meteoric rise and even though he never really found a home in cinemas, he's still stuck around in some capacity.
Celebrity Apprentice helped put Green back in the spotlight and while he retained his oddball sensibility on the series, he didn't make for the best CEO.
9 Lil’ Jon
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Shows Celebrity Apprentice are all about celebrating spontaneity and putting together a bunch of wild cards. Well, it doesn't get more wild card than Lil' Jon. Lil' Jon's radical look and outrageous personality made him the perfect counterpoint to more straight-laced contestants. He also proved that you shouldn't judge a book by their cover.
8 Sharon Osbourne
The Osbournes was a surprising reality television hit. The show helped turn the entire Osbourne family, not just Ozzy, into household names. Each of the Osbournes used their fame in various ways. For Sharon Osbourne, she ended up in the boardroom. Osbourne actually does rather well in the series and holds her own with a shrewd sense of business.
7 Clay Aiken
Back when American Idol was still in its infancy, Clay Aiken was one of the biggest names to breakout on the show's earliest years. Aiken went on to have a significant music career, but he decided to trade sheet music for contract legislature when he competed on The Apprentice. Aiken never completely felt at home in this universe and it is showed.
6 Stephen Baldwin
Alex Baldwin's Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock would be a perfect fit for The Apprentice. Unfortunately, the celebrity edition of the series has to coordinate around Stephen Baldwin instead. Baldwin always manages to pop up in weird places. He fits in well and really meshes with the chaotic atmosphere of all of these pampered celebrities.
5 Gene Simmons
Gene Simmons' ability to turn KISS into an institution for so long proves that he had some sort of business sense to him. Simmons swaps his crazy face paint for a suit and tie and actually holds his own on Celebrity Apprentice. Simmons shows that he's a thoughtful asset to whichever team he's on.
Meatloaf makes for one of the more fascinating and memorable celebrities to show up on The Apprentice. Meatloaf has shown his kind soul through his soothing music, but he becomes rabid and unleashes when challenges on Celebrity Apprentice get heated. Meatloaf is one of the most emotional contestants on the series, but at least he takes the competition seriously.
3 Cyndi Lauper
Glam rockers and cherished musicians are always an interesting ingredient to throw into the business world. People may initially underestimate Cyndi Lauper, but she really commands a presence and asserts herself. Lauper may not come out on top, but she definitely proves that she's multi-talented and much more complex than people already thought.
2 Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner helped give women a voice in comedy back in the '80s and was still able to maintain popularity with future generations through appearances on shows Friends. Henner carried herself with confidence and grace on Celebrity Apprentice. She didn't rock the boat, but it was this strategy that helped her do as well as she did.
1 Tito Ortiz
It may initially seem bizarre, but there can be a strange correlation between killer instinct in the ring and the boardroom. Tito Ortiz enters Celebrity Apprentice as an aggressive athlete, but he shows that he contains multitudes. Ortiz may have some difficulty maintaining control, but that just means he's not someone no one wants to argue with.
Sources: NBC.com, WonderWall.com, HollywoodReporter.com
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Celebrity isn’t just harmless fun – it’s the smiling face of the corporate machine | George Monbiot
Now that a reality TV star is preparing to become president of the United States, can we agree that celebrity culture is more than just harmless fun – that it might, in fact, be an essential component of the systems that govern our lives?
The rise of celebrity culture did not happen by itself. It has long been cultivated by advertisers, marketers and the media. And it has a function. The more distant and impersonal corporations become, the more they rely on other people’s faces to connect them to their customers.
Corporation means body; capital means head. But corporate capital has neither head nor body. It is hard for people to attach themselves to a homogenised franchise owned by a hedge fund whose corporate identity consists of a filing cabinet in Panama City. So the machine needs a mask.
It must wear the face of someone we see as often as we see our next-door neighbours. It is pointless to ask what Kim Kardashian does to earn her living: her role is to exist in our minds.
By playing our virtual neighbour, she induces a click of recognition on behalf of whatever grey monolith sits behind her this week.
An obsession with celebrity does not lie quietly beside the other things we value; it takes their place. A study published in the journal Cyberpsychology reveals that an extraordinary shift appears to have taken place between 1997 and 2007 in the US.
In 1997, the dominant values (as judged by an adult audience) expressed by the shows most popular among nine- to 11 year-olds were community feeling, followed by benevolence. Fame came 15th the 16 values tested.
By 2007, when shows such as Hannah Montana prevailed, fame came first, followed by achievement, image, popularity and financial success. Community feeling had fallen to 11th, benevolence to 12th.
A paper in the International Journal of Cultural Studies found that, among the people it surveyed in the UK, those who follow celebrity gossip most closely are three times less ly than people interested in other forms of news to be involved in local organisations, and half as ly to volunteer. Virtual neighbours replace real ones.
The blander and more homogenised the product, the more distinctive the mask it needs to wear. This is why Iggy Pop was used to promote motor insurance and Benicio del Toro is used to sell Heineken.
The role of such people is to suggest that there is something more exciting behind the logo than office blocks and spreadsheets. They transfer their edginess to the company they represent.
As soon they take the cheque that buys their identity, they become as processed and meaningless as the item they are promoting.
The principal qualities now sought in a celebrity are vapidity, vacuity and physical beauty
The celebrities you see most often are the most lucrative products, extruded through a willing media by a marketing industry whose power no one seeks to check. This is why actors and models now receive such disproportionate attention, capturing much of the space once occupied by people with their own ideas: their expertise lies in channelling other people’s visions.
A database search by the anthropologist Grant McCracken reveals that in the US actors received 17% of the cultural attention accorded to famous people between 1900 and 1910: slightly less than physicists, chemists and biologists combined.
Film directors received 6% and writers 11%. Between 1900 and 1950, actors had 24% of the coverage, and writers 9%.
By 2010, actors accounted for 37% (over four times the attention natural scientists received), while the proportion allocated to both film directors and writers fell to 3%.
You don’t have to read or watch many interviews to see that the principal qualities now sought in a celebrity are vapidity, vacuity and physical beauty. They can be used as a blank screen on to which anything can be projected. With a few exceptions, those who have least to say are granted the greatest number of platforms on which to say it.
This helps to explain the mass delusion among young people that they have a reasonable chance of becoming famous. A survey of 16-year-olds in the UK revealed that 54% of them intend to become celebrities.
As soon as celebrities forget their allotted role, the hounds of hell are let loose upon them. Lily Allen was the media’s darling when she was advertising John Lewis.
Gary Lineker couldn’t put a foot wrong when he stuck to selling junk food to children. But when they expressed sympathy for refugees, they were torn to shreds.
When you take the corporate shilling, you are supposed to stop thinking for yourself.
Celebrity has a second major role: as a weapon of mass distraction. The survey published in the IJCS I mentioned earlier also reveals that people who are the most interested in celebrity are the least engaged in politics, the least ly to protest and the least ly to vote. This appears to shatter the media’s frequent, self-justifying claim that celebrities connect us to public life.
The survey found that people fixated by celebrity watch the news on average as much as others do, but they appear to exist in a state of permanent diversion. If you want people to remain quiescent and unengaged, show them the faces of Taylor Swift, Shia LaBeouf and Cara Delevingne several times a day.
In Trump we see a perfect fusion of the two main uses of celebrity culture: corporate personification and mass distraction. His celebrity became a mask for his own chaotic, outsourced and unscrupulous business empire. His public image was the perfect inversion of everything he and his companies represent.
As presenter of the US version of The Apprentice, this spoilt heir to humongous wealth became the face of enterprise and social mobility.
During the presidential elections, his noisy persona distracted people from the intellectual void behind the mask, a void now filled by more lucid representatives of global capital.
Celebrities might inhabit your life, but they are not your friends. Regardless of the intentions of those on whom it is bequeathed, celebrity is the lieutenant of exploitation. Let’s turn our neighbours back into our neighbours, and turn our backs on those who impersonate them.
A fully linked version of this column will be published at monbiot.com
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34 Hollywood Stars for Donald Trump (Photos)
Hillary Clinton had far more celebrity supporters than Donald Trump, but his 37 celebrity fans turned out to be the ones who backed the winning candidate. Here are Trump's celebrity fans.
“I’m not someone who’s saying he’s the best of this group. I’m saying I this guy” – Jon Voight
“I'm digging Trump … My feeling: let the motherf—ing business guy run it a f—ing business” –Kid Rock
“I love Trump. How can you not love Trump?” – Willie Robertson
“I know him personally. I know him professionally. He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast. He can change the country after the last eight years” – Gary Busey
“Trump has sold me — what more can I say? … I just think he’s the only one who’s going to turn this country around.” –Loretta Lynn
“Of course I'm going to vote for Donald Trump. I think he's amazing. I think he'll make a great president” – Teresa Giudice
“I only want @realDonaldTrump to win so to smite some of my enemies, kill the politically correct, and basically make America great again!” – Tila Tequila
“I think he's fantastic. I love him. I think he'd make a great president. He's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks” – Stephen Baldwin
“He should be president of the United States … Let’s try something new. Let’s run America a business, where no colors matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job … I Trump” — Mike Tyson
“This may be what the country needs and Trump … he’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run” – Terrell Owens
“I’ve always wanted to see the person that’s , ‘Yeah, I’ve made these comments, these are my beliefs, and you know what, if you don’t it, stick it. I’m not apologizing, I’m not changing … Donald Trump is that guy” – John Rocker
“One thing you know about me is, good or bad, I will always tell it it is. This guy is the Real Deal, and will Make America Great Again” – Jesse James
“I love Donald, and he would make a great president … Number one, he tells the truth. Number two, he’s been where most of these guys want to be, in terms of riding on his own plane.” – Wayne Newton
“Does Donald do everything right? No. The people that hate him, hate him, but people him because he says things that resonate with what they think … If I were to vote tomorrow, I'd probably vote for Trump” – Mike Ditka
“I think he's going to win … Yes, of course I'm going to vote for him. He's going to run the country as a business. He's going to negotiate. And he knows how to make decisions” – Ivana Trump
“He is the party. He is the heart and soul of the party” – Ann Coulter
“[Trump] has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman Mr. Trump! Trump 2016” – Dennis Rodman
“I don't want to be in the ring with any candidates, I want to be Trump's running mate.” – Hulk Hogan
“I wish Donald the best. He's a fabulous guy. I hope he goes all the way … Donald, all he cares about is our country and keeping our country safe. That's what it comes down to” – Lou Ferrigno
“Donald Trump should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest and straight-forward manner” – Ted Nugent
“He speaks I speak, he communicates with people very well … We need somebody to relentlessly, relentlessly attack Hillary. It’s the only way we’re going to win. I’m trying to be a classy guy, but to win elections nowadays, the Democrats and liberals attack viciously” – Scott Baio After Trump's win, Alley posted: “CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT TRUMP! @realDonaldTrump against all odds ..against the establishment and even against most from the GOP..U did it!”
“Does America want to have a president who FOLLOWS or someone who leads? I vote For @realdonaldtrump” – Aaron Carter. (He later changed his mind.)
“I'm here” — former New York Yankee star Paul O'Neill
“On my way to the @realDonaldTrump rally. Let's make America great again!!!” — Buffalo Bills guard Ritchie Incognito
“Everyone is calling him a racist. He just wants people to come into this country legally and fill out the proper paperwork. That’s how I’m viewing it” — former Yankee outfielder Johnny Damon
“Having secure borders, protecting our citizens — none of this is hateful. This is the responsibility of the government, and it's the right thing to do. Donald Trump will get it done and put us back on the right track.” — Antonio Sabato Jr.
“Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump” — Omarosa Manigault
“We are moving in, Mr. Trump… If you need anyone to take out the squatters, got your back, Bronx style. #Trump2016” — Stacey Dash
““What you see is what you get. He has no filter… I knew him before Celebrity Apprentice, privately in clubs and in social situations. He’s the same guy. Some people it, some people don’t. But he is the same guy. I’m not going to say if I think that’s good or bad” — Gene Simmons “And we need a Donald Trump, and I only know one, so that’s the only son of a bitch we know is Donald Trump.” — coach Bobby Knight “And let's be honest folks, we need somebody who believes in this country, we need somebody who's proud of this country and who will fight for this country.” — UFC president Dana White “If I could only tell you one thing about him, it's that he's probably the hardest working individual I've ever met.” — golfer Natalie Gulbis
“I shocked my staff today … I said, 'You know what? As far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins on the Republican side” – Jesse Ventura. (Though he wanted Trump to be nominated, he supports Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election.) …and this rundown of 5 Hollywood Stars Who Dumped Trump.