Celebrity Apprentice Returns to NYC with Season 7

donald trumpAlthough the cast list is yet to be confirmed, filming of Celebrity Apprentice season 7 (also know as Apprentice 14) officially kicked off yesterday in New York City, March 25, at a popular Australian-born bakery franchise, Pie Face, in Manhattan’s Union Square.

Fans spotted outspoken drama mama-of-eight, Kate Gosselin, actress Vivica A. Fox, once upon a time Cosby Show cutie-pie, Keshia Knight Pulliam, TV and radio personality Leeza Gibbons, former Jonas Brother pop star Kevin Jonas, Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson and two Real Housewives, Brandi Glanville and Kenya Moore, of Beverly Hills and Atlanta fame, baking pies, taking orders, working the door and schmoozing on the floor and sidewalk with customers, fans and celebrity friends during the three hour charity event. This event was shot by NBC staff, but it is not planned to use any of the footage in the actual TV show. The event was a warm up for the main show.

Some other unconfirmed names still swirling around social media sites and celebrity gossip mills are Grammy Award-winning rap star Ludacris, soap opera hottie Lorenzo Lamas, volleyball great and fashion model Gabrielle Reece, maverick journalist Geraldo Rivera and the funny man with a funny voice, Gilbert Gottfried. Megan Hauserman, from the ill-fated Megan Wants A Millionaire, was also slated to be on the show. Ms Hauserman’s show was cancelled mid-run through its season in 2009 due to the murder-suicide perpetrated by Ryan Jenkins, one of the contestants on the show. Mr Jenkins reportedly came in third position in that show.

Despite occasional chirpings of a take-over by his daughter, Ivanka, the imposing figurehead of this charity-driven reality based game show will remain none other than real-estate mogul, Donald Trump himself.  But even The Donald cannot do it alone and seeks trusted advisement from his heavy-hitting board members including sons Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric F. Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump, and long-time business and legal counsel, George Ross.  Past advisors have also featured previous show winners such as soon- to-be former CNN host, Piers Morgan, who made an appearance at yesterday’s event.

Celebrity Apprentice is a successful 2008 series offshoot of The Apprentice, created to re-energize the original show concept and spark new viewer interest.  Celebrity Apprentice features proven business-savvy celebrity contestants — many, but not all of whom have been out of the limelight for some years — as they engage in a cutthroat fight to the finish, gunning hard to be the last person standing in the boardroom, and procuring the grand prize of a bonus $250,000 to be awarded to their cherished charity.Piers Morgan has been quoted that contestants are paid around $16,000 for three weeks of shooting on the show.