Welcome back to the boardroom.
NBC revealed the full line-up of stars set to participate in the eighth edition of the reality show (and 15th season of The Apprentice franchise) and the names run the gambit from sports stars to reality TV fixtures. Joining new host Arnold Schwarzenegger in the boardroom are:
Laila Ali, retired boxing world champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali.
Brooke Burke-Charvet, actress, TV host and CEO of ModernMom.com.
Eric Dickerson, pro football hall of fame running back.
Boy George, Grammy-winning singer.
Matt Iseman, "America Ninja Warrior" host.
Carrie Keagan, actress, writer and former host of VH1's "Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan."
Carson Kressley, Emmy-winning reality TV fixture and celebrity stylist.
Lisa Leslie, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion.
Jon Lovitz, comedian and former "Saturday Night Live" star.
Vince Neil, lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, former star of "Jersey Shore."
Kyle Richards, actress and star of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Chael Sonnen, former UFC fighter and mixed martial artist.
Porsha Williams, singer and star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta."
Ricky Williams, Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas and ESPN sports analyst.
Carnie Wilson, singer and member of Wilson Phillips.
Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger will serve as advisers on the new season.
New state-of-the-art headquarters in Silicon Beach — Southern California’s ever-growing technology hub — will house Schwarzenegger’s boardroom. Contestants will compete in challenging, business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes.
Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will gain the coveted title of the Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.
A premiere date for the new season has yet to be set.
NBC severed ties with Donald Trump in June 2015 after the Republican presidential candidate made several derogatory remarks about immigrants. (Trump released a statement saying he planned on stepping away from the show anyway because of his presidential run.) In September, it was announced that Schwarzenegger would be replacing Trump as the host.
"I have always been a huge fan of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork," the Terminator actor and former governor said in a statement. "I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let's get started!"
And while some expected Trump to have some less-than-kind words to say after being replaced by NBC, his reaction was the exact opposite. "Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season's Celebrity Apprentice," Trump tweeted. "He'll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity. To all my fans, sorry I couldn't do The Apprentice any longer--but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. Love!"
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