• Wed, Jan 4 2012

Celebrity Apprentice Announces Its Season 12 Cast Including George Takei And Clay Aiken

We’ve known for some time that the twelfth season of Donald Trump‘s reality competition The Apprentice – and the fifth season of Celebrity Apprentice – features famous faces like Teresa Giudice and Debbie Gibson, thanks to fans who encountered the celebs during filming in New York City earlier this year. But this morning The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the entire cast, which also includes a former American Idol star, a Gotti, a Miss Universe, and the Hulk.

You have to laugh at The Donald’s double-talk, where he says that he thinks they’ve topped the previous seasons, but “we didn’t want to change much—we’re not looking to reinvent the show in its 12th season.” At least we can all agree that “the abuse they take and the kind of work they put in” is character-building for most of these guys. (Except George Takei, who is already awesome.)

Here’s the complete cast, along with their respective charities and foundations:

Clay Aiken (American Idol runner-up), The National Inclusion Project

Teresa Giudice (Real Housewives of New Jersey), The NephCure Foundation

George Takei (Star Trek actor/awesome geek and gay rights icon), Japanese American National Museum

Aubrey O’Day (reality star), Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

Victoria Gotti (Growing Up Gotti), Association to Benefit Children

Adam Carolla (talk show host), Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tia Carrere (actress), After-School All-Stars

Debbie Gibson (singer), Children International

Penn Jillette (magician), Opportunity Village

Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), March of Dimes/Bikers for Babies

Lou Ferrigno (the man best known as the Hulk), Muscular Dystrophy Association

Lisa Lampanelli (comedienne), Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Cheryl Tiegs (model/actress), The Farrah Fawcett Foundation

Michael Andretti (retired racecar driver), Racing for Cancer

Arsenio Hall (actor), Magic Johnson Foundation

Patricia Vasquez (model/actress), Wayuu Taya Foundation

Paul Teutel, Sr. (American Choopper), Make-A-Wish Foundation

Dayana Mendoza (Miss Universe 2008), Latino Commission on AIDS

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