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Donald Trump Talks Return of Penn Jillette to All-Star Celebrity Apprentice

5 years ago by Reg Seeton
Donald Trump returns to the boardroom for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on March 3 on NBC - Photo: NBC

Donald Trump returns to the boardroom for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on March 3 on NBC – Photo: NBC

Donald Trump recently shared his thoughts on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and the return of magician Penn Jillette ahead of the March 3 premiere.

Although Penn Jillette butted heads with singer Clay Aiken last season on Celebrity Apprentice, the Penn & Teller illusionist returns to the Trump boardroom this Sunday for a shot at winning the title of All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

“He actually does very well,” Donald Trump told The Deadbolt ahead of Sunday night’s premiere. “You know, we’ve shot much of it and he does very well.”

Last year fans watched as the often misunderstood Jillette clashed with Aiken over how best to approach the weekly projects. Although the Celebrity Apprentice feud between Penn and Clay was nothing compared to the emotionally super-charged, TNT showdown between Meatloaf and Gary Busey a year earlier, the Las Vegas magic icon was caught off-guard by Clay’s business acumen.

So, was Donald Trump surprised that Penn returned to Celebrity Apprentice for the All-Star edition?

“He did very well the first time,” Trump added to The Deadbolt. “And no, I wasn’t surprised. It has been extremely good for him, for his brand, and for his show in Las Vegas, and I wasn’t surprised.”

Magician Penn Jillette is back for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on March 3 - Photo: NBC

Magician Penn Jillette is back for All-Star Celebrity Apprentice on March 3 – Photo: NBC

On Sunday night, Penn Jillette will join an All-Star line-up that includes previous contestants Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Dennis Rodman, Lil Jon, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, La Toya Jackson, Omarosa, Claudia Jordan, Brande Roderick, Lisa Rinna, and 2010 Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels of Poison.

“It was very easy to get everybody to come back,” Trump continued about this season’s competitors. “I mean, we got everybody that we wanted back. And it’s actually very easy to cast the show because everybody really wants to be on it. Whether it’s Piers Morgan or Joan Rivers or Trace Adkins, or so many others that have done [the show], or Bret, so many have done so well for themselves and their brand. They have made a lot of money. They have also made a lot of money on the show itself for charity, but their brand has made a lot of money.”

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice premieres Sunday, March 3 at 9/8c on NBC.

Who are you looking forward to seeing the most this season on the All-Star edition of Celebrity Apprentice?

What do you think?

Reg Seeton

Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!
  • DanTan

    I thought Penn sold himself short the last time he was on the show. He’s such a smart and savvy guy. It seemed like Clay totally threw him off his game. Penn needs to stand up for himself this season. Can’t wait to see La Toya and Omorosa go at it!!!