'The Celebrity Apprentice' Season 8 cast revealed by NBC!
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/28/2016
The Celebrity Apprentice's eighth-season cast, who will be working under new star Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been announced.
NBC has formally revealed the identities of the 16 celebrities competing on Season 8 of The Celebrity Apprentice, the show's fifteenth edition overall, to win money for their respective charities. A premiere date has yet to be determined.
As previously announced, Schwarzenegger -- a world-famous athlete, actor and former California governor -- will take Donald Trump's place in the Boardroom as NBC welcomes a brand new cast.
The women competing on the show will be retired undefeated American pro boxer Laila Ali, former Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, TV host and producer Carrie Keagan, former pro basketball player and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, former Snooki & JWoww and Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams, and singer and television host Carnie Wilson.
The lineup of men next season is pro football hall-of-famer Eric Dickerson, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Boy George, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, television star and celebrity stylist Carson Kressley, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Jon Lovitz, Motley Crue frontman and businessman Vince Neil, retired American mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen, and ESPN sports analyst and former NFL running back Ricky Williams.
Advising Schwarzenegger in the Boardroom this season will be investment guru Warren Buffett, former Microsoft CEO and LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, America's Next Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks, actress Jessica Alba, and the new host's nephew Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.
The 16 celebrity contestants will be tasked to complete business-driven challenges with an emphasis on technology and innovation around Southern California with the show's new Boardroom headquarters located in Silicon Beach.
Each episode, Schwarzenegger will evaluate the performances of all of the players before deciding which team wins the challenge and who will be sent home. All the contestants will have the chance to be named "The Celebrity Apprentice" and deliver a $250,000 bonus check to his or her designated charity.
Over the course of the series, The Celebrity Apprentice has raised more than $15 million for charity.
The Celebrity Apprentice is produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with Mark Burnett, Schwarzenegger, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen serving as executive producers.