So, following Matt Iseman’s win in the first series with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hotseat, it is time to say goodbye to Celebrity Apprentice for another year.
Despite the latest series being as entertaining as ever and throwing up some memorable moments, ratings were down compared to the previous finale featuring Donald Trump. With this in mind, what will the show’s producers do to boost viewer figures when – and if – it returns?
As Omarosa showed in a number of appearances, inviting back former contestants can often provide the show with a shot in the arm. So, here’s our take on who we would most like to see back in the boardroom.
Professional poker player and champion of many a global cause had a hugely successful run on the show’s second series, losing out only to Joan Rivers in the final.
Duke – also known as the “Duchess of Poker” – has $2.3 million in winnings and four titles in her successful career, but is a natural fit on the small screen too. Throughout the series, she showed real mettle and actually raised significantly more money during the final challenge than her rival. She also survived a few stinging attacks on the way, including the eyebrow-raising moment when Rivers compared her to Adolf Hitler.
Hollywood star Busey was fired seven tasks into the fourth series of The Celebrity Apprentice, but left a strong legacy of soundbites and philosophical musings along the way.
As well as proclaiming himself the “Angel of Silk,” he also once thoughtfully suggested that “art is only the search and not the final form.” Sadly, his suggestion that he could see fart gas was a touch less high-brow. We haven’t seen much from him acting-wise since his departure from Celebrity Apprentice, but he did win Celebrity Big Brother 14 and participated in Dancing with the Stars in 2015.
The Culture Club singer appeared in the latest series of The New Celebrity Apprentice, surprising many by going all the way to the final.
He proved himself to be good value throughout, perhaps no more so than when having a minor altercation with a keyboardist hired to help his team create some advert jingles.
His decision to storm out of the room, confront a producer and refuse to work with the musician was the finest diva behavior we have seen on TV so far this year. And maybe it was justified, as Boy George’s discography goes all the way back to 1982 after all (with Culture Club’s “Kissing to be Clever” single). He should know a thing or two about music.
Sadly this is only a dream rather than a reality, following the legendary comedian’s passing in September 2014. The winner of the show’s second series, Rivers was tremendous fun and showcased her brilliant personality throughout.
On a more poignant note, one of her final television appearances was actually on the show, when she returned as a guest to the boardroom in an episode broadcast just months after her death.
Wouldn’t it have been brilliant to have been able to enjoy a little more of her?
While the falling ratings for the latest series have led to some speculation regarding whether Arnie will be back in the boardroom next year, we only hope the show returns in some form or another.
Responsible for a number of great TV moments, we’re sure that bringing back a few old contestants might just create even more.