OJ Simpson won't be participating in the next 'The Celebrity Apprentice'
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 04/24/2008
Donald Trump reportedly liked the idea of casting OJ Simpson as a The Celebrity Apprentice second-season contestant until NBC apparently put the kibosh on it.
"NBC is not considering OJ Simpson nor have they ever at all for this," a "source" close to The Celebrity ApprenticetoldOK! Weekly in a Thursday report. "Donald Trump was big on the idea for a few minutes but NBC didn't even consider it!"
The NFL Hall of Fame member -- who was acquitted of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in 1995 but subsequently found liable in a civil wrongful death lawsuit -- approached The Donald to appear on the show, OK! reported.
Last fall, Simpson was also arrested for participating in an alleged armed robbery in which Simpson and several associates allegedly broke into a sports memorabilia dealer's Las Vegas hotel room to recover memorabilia that Simpson claims had originally been stolen from him. Simpson and two co-defendents are currently scheduled to stand trial on felony charges that include kidnapping and armed robbery beginning September 8. All three men have pleaded not guilty.
While Trump was reportedly titillated at the prospect of having an A-list celebrity -- albeit a notorious one -- on his NBC reality show, an NBC The Celebrity Apprentice representative confirmed to OK! that Simpson will not be cast for the show.
NBC renewedThe Celebrity Apprentice for a second season a few weeks before America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan claimed the show's first-season crown.
Casting is currently underway for the show's second installment, which is slated to premiere next January.