Former "Entertainment Tonight" anchor Leeza Gibbons beat out Geraldo Rivera to take it all in the season finale of "Celebrity Apprentice."
While Rivera managed a respectable $146,000 in vacation packages along with the line, "I've shown that an old guy can still get it up," Gibbons totally smoked him by raising $324,000 with some help from Olivia Newton-John and a song from "Xanadu."
Of course, the final challenge wasn't the only factor in determining the winner. Both Rivera and Gibbons had the chance to plead their case in front of Donald Trump, and neither one was afraid to play a little dirty. Gibbons stressed the fact that she had won 8 out of 11 challenges, and had never been called back to the boardroom, compared to Rivera being called back multiple times.
The other contestants were kind of split in favor of both Gibbons and Rivera. While Gibbons was clearly ahead in challenge wins and lack of fights with fellow competitors, Rivera's fundraising abilities were extremely impressive, and they each had some pros and cons.
In his announcement of the winner, Trump stressed that Gibbons had always led with kindness, as opposed to Rivera's ruthlessness. "You're tough, you're smart, you're brilliant in so many different ways," he told her, before announcing that it was Gibbons whose charity, Leeza's Care Connection, which helps families dealing with Alzheimers, would be receiving the $250,000.
Trump also said that he was "surprised" that she made it this far, and to that, Gibbons responded, "Never underestimate a woman with passion who knows where she's going and what she wants." Gibbons is the first female winner since Joan Rivers, who also received a touching tribute Monday from daughter Melissa Rivers.
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