Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba Join Arnold Schwarzenegger for ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Season 8

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Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Steve Ballmer and Jessica Alba have signed on as advisors for the eighth season of “Celebrity Apprentice” with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger stepping in for Donald Trump.

The 16 contenders set for season eight are: Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

Also joining Schwarzenegger as a boardroom advisor is his nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger. NBC has yet to set a premiere date.

With Schwarzenegger taking the helm, production of “Celebrity Apprentice” will move to Los Angeles with a facility located in the Silicon Beach technology hub. The show challenges celebrities to work together to complete business-oriented tasks, this time with an emphasis on technology and innovation. The winner will receive a $250,000 check for the charity of their choice. “Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charities over the course of its run.

Schwarzenegger was recruited to take over the show after NBC cut ties with Trump as he launched his GOP presidential campaign last year and generated headlines with his controversial remarks regarding immigrants.

At the time NBC announced Schwarzenegger would step in for Trump, the new host said: “I have always been a huge fan of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork. I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started!”As for Schwarzenegger’s new catchphrase, NBC exec Paul Telegdy told Variety earlier this month that a slogan has been chosen, but it would remain a secret until “Celebrity Apprentice” premieres.

Buffett, chairman-CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, is among the world’s most renowned investors. Ballmer is the former CEO of Microsoft who now owns the Los Angeles Clippers. Banks has just wrapped her long run on the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” and launched a new makeup line, Tyra Beauty. Actress Alba created a line of beauty and lifestyle products through the Honest Company venture she launched in 2012. She also penned the 2013 parenting how-to book “The Honest Life.”

“Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by MGM Television with Schwarzenegger, Mark Burnett, Page Feldman and Eric Van Wagenen serving as executive producers.

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  1. He Who is Not Fired says:

    The show’s been tainted. Arnie should walk away.

    With that said, it’s about time they added real business people to the lineup to mix it up and show a somewhat serious side. Warren Buffett will be a great addition. (But nothing will ever top his cameo on “The Office” interviewing for Michael Scott’s job.)

    If the phrase is “You’re terminated,” I wonder how much that will cost NBC? Or does Arnie have the rights to use it?

    Who am I kidding? I will watch at least the first episode. Damn you, NBC.

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think the show is tainted. The old version is gone and the new one has a new location, a new host, two billionaires a self made entrepreneur who is on her way to becoming a billionaire.

      After the first few episodes nobody will care about the old one.

      • Jessie Jenkins says:

        Definitely not tainted. Your autistic political opinions aside, it’s the closest thing we have to Celebrity Big Brother UK of has-been celebrities since VH1’s The Surreal Life. It’s always a blast to see old familiar faces come back into the spotlight.

      • David says:

        Arnie catch line should be: Try your luck in the whitehouse.

    • Ally says:

      I like that. I was thinking “you won’t be back!” but your catch phrase is much cooler.

  2. Linda says:

    looking forward to the new season minus the Trumpster. I have always watched it in spite of him but I love the interaction between contestants.

    • GG says:

      I have to say that i disagree that the celebrity apprentice was good in spite of trump. While i won’t be voting for him, trump always made the boardroom scene the best part of the show. Say what you will about trumps politics, but he was very engaging on the show. It will be interesting to see if arnie has the charisma to pull this off. I think it is smart to have all of the celebrity advisors like buffet and banks and alba help anchor arnie so that he doesnt have to do it alone. By the way, I love all the suggestions above for what arnies catch phrase might be! Too clever!

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