The year, NBC is taking on its largest ever cast for Celebrity Apprentice when the show premieres February 19 (this Sunday).
Carolla said he will be “brutal” in his attempt to become the Celebrity Apprentice winner, insisting that he is not intimidated by any of his fellow stars, despite them being “a good group of personalities.”
Carolla has marked out Clay Aiken as his main rival and says he “will do what it takes to get the job done.”
This season of Celebrity Apprentice seems to be a little thinner on the ground with real “celebrities” than previous seasons, despite the extended cast list. But who knows, they may all be amazing in business: something few of them have ever been involved with.
“I’d like to try something completely out of my comfort zone. I’d be interested to see how I do with sales because I have zero experience in it,” Carolla said.
“But I can also talk my way out of a paper bag, so I’m sure I could do it.”
So who is the competition? Let’s have a look at the full Celebrity Apprentice 2012 cast list and let’s spot the genuine celebrities among them:
Clay Aiken: runner-up on American Idol season 2. He’s also a gay dad.
Marco Andretti: IndyCar series driver. Son of Michael Andretti and grandson of Mario Andretti.
Tia Carrere: musician and actress who appeared in Wayne’s World.
Adam Carolla: appeared on The Man Show, cohosted Love Line with Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Lou Ferrigno: actor and bodybuilder. The Incredible Hulk on TV.
Deborah Gibson: better known (a bit) as Debbie Gibson! A 1980s pop singer.
Teresa Giudice: from The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Victoria Gotti: daughter of NYC crime boss John Gotti (might be useful for her contacts?). Has written books and was on the reality show Growing Up Gotti.
Arsenio Hall: former late-night host, actor and all-round legend.
Penn Jillette: Comedian and magician, one half of Penn & Teller.
Lisa Lampanelli: Comedian.
Dayana Mendoza: Miss Universe 2008. Also a singer and TV personality from Venezuela.
Aubrey O’Day: Singer and former member of P-Diddy girl group Danity Kane.
Dee Snider: Twisted Sister frontman who helped out last season’s winner, John Rich, with his final challenge.
George Takei: Actor (Sulu on Star Trek) and gay rights activist. Legend!
Paul Teutul, Sr: Motorcycle designer and star of the Discovery Channel’s reality hit American Chopper.
Cheryl Tiegs: Former supermodel.
Patricia Velasquez, Actress in the movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. She also played Will Arnett’s (Gob’s) girlfriend Marta on Arrested Development.
Who are your favorites here? Who do you think will impress Donald Trump?