Donald Trump names new ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ competitors

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“Celebrity Apprentice” is returning to NBC on Jan. 4 with yet another eclectic group of 16 hopefuls seeking to showcase their entrepreneurial abilities.

The new candidates — announced by the show’s creator Donald Trump on “Today” Tuesday — include Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson; TV personalities Leeza Gibbons and Geraldo Rivera; actors Lorenzo Lamas and Ian Ziering; musician Kevin Jonas; Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson; retired baseball player Johnny Damon; actresses Vivica A. Fox and Keisha Knight Pulliam; reality TV stars Kate Gosselin, Kenya Moore and Brandi Glanville; ex-NFL star Terrell Owens; comedian Gilbert Gottfried, and “Deadliest Catch” star Sig Hansen.

Trump also released a statement calling this season “the best yet. With 16 extraordinary contestants bringing their energy to the boardroom, it is sure to be a hit, as always.”

The late Joan Rivers, a “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, filmed scenes for the show and will appear on two episodes. Former CNN anchor Piers Morgan, another “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, will also return to the series as an advisor this season. The new season will launch with a two-night premiere.

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