Bret Michaels returns to the Celebrity Apprentice boardroom this Sunday as an All-Star after winning the third edition of the NBC reality series in 2010.
Although Bret Michaels overcame health issues as an underdog on Celebrity Apprentice two years ago, Michaels steps into All-Star Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump as a healthy past champion. When the All-Star edition premieres this Sunday, March 3 on NBC, Michaels will be the only past winner of Celebrity Apprentice out of a crop of thirteen former contenders.
So, how does Bret feel about being a past Celebrity Apprentice champ among this season’s celebrities?
“The absolute truth,” Michaels admitted to The Deadbolt, “I actually felt like I had a major disadvantage, because I feel like it’s the Super Bowl syndrome – when a team comes back that has won it, everyone is gunning for them. But I loved everyone who was on it.”
As diehard fans of Bret Michaels, Celebrity Apprentice, and Poison know, Michaels has been a living with Type 1 diabetes for nearly his entire life after being diagnosed at the age of 6. For Bret, another season of Celebrity Apprentice was a second chance to give back to those in need of help.
“As a lifelong diabetic, it’s a great opportunity for charity,” Michaels continued about competing on Celebrity Apprentice for his own Life Rocks Foundation, which supports children with diabetes as well as other causes close to his heart, including kids with cancer, wounded warriors and mentally/physically disabled children.
Michaels got a huge scare with the disease the last time he competed on Celebrity Apprentice when his daughter, also a diabetic, fell dangerously ill during the show. Thankfully Bret’s daughter recovered and continues to live a healthy life with her father, who is only too proud to lend his celebrity in the fight against diabetes.
“I wanted to do it,” Michaels added about returning to Celebrity Apprentice. “But no doubt when you’re coming back they’re going to gunning for you.”
However, Bret’s approach to the show as a past winner is very much like how he approaches diabetes.
“You’ve just got to be strong and do the best you can,” said the lead singer of Poison before the premiere.
All-Star Celebrity Apprentice debuts Sunday, March 3 at 9/8c on NBC.