Singer Aubrey O'Day was last to go before the season finale of "Celebrity Apprentice," and despite the fact that it's "just" a reality TV show, with not much meaning in the big picture of life, she didn't try to hide her feelings. The third place finisher sang "I Will Survive" and gave star Donald Trump a hard, displeased glare when she utttered the line, "You did me wrong."
It wasn't a secret, either, as she made sure the audience knew it, later, when she explained her relative vindictiveness. Once again, it's just a show, Aubrey; move on.
The remaining contestants were Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall. While the ultimate question was which of the two would be hired by Trump, either way, "Celebrity Apprentice" was broaching new territory. The winner would either be the first gay "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, or the first African-American "Celebrity Apprentice" winner.
The result? "Celebrity Apprentice" had its first African-America winner, as Trump named Arsenio Hall as the champion. With that win, Hall’s designated charity will receive the $250,000 finals prize, which will be added to the show’s total charity earnings for the season of $1.9 million. Arsenio Hall raised a total of $522,100 for the Magic Johnson Foundation, while Clay Aiken raised a total of $361,500 for The National Inclusion Project.
Based on money alone, you would have expected Aiken to win. He outgained Hall in party ticket contributions for the final task with $301,500 to $167,100, nearly doubling Hall's amount. Still, it seemed the big bonus for Hall came because of his PSA ad, which included a cameo by Magic Johnson himself.
Donald Trump said, “Arsenio Hall clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner. As the new Celebrity Apprentice, he represents all the qualities necessary to follow through and come out on top with very significant winnings for his charity, Magic Johnson Foundation. Arsenio was smart and a good team player. He proved he had a winning strategy to make it through the grueling schedule. I congratulate him on his win - Arsenio’s a star all the way and clearly back on top.”
Meanwhile, Hall said the following, "Allow me to begin by saying, Woof Woof Woof! This has been an amazing experience. I can't wait to deliver this $250,000 check to my friend "Erv" (Magic) for The Magic Johnson Foundation - it's a dream to be able to support the important work they do on a daily basis and I am humbled to be able to contribute to their ongoing mission. Working with Mr. Trump and his incredible staff on “The Celebrity Apprentice” has been an honor. And last but never least - I want to congratulate my lil' brother Clay because tonight WE are both truly winners! Reality's Batman and Robin! I will always treasure that friendship."
Of course, Hall didn't establish any sort of relationship with the aforementioned Aubrey O'Day. The pair had a very ugly blow-up, and a feud that seemed to last for the entire season.
This was "Celebrity Apprentice's" fifth season.
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