Star Trek’s original Sulu George Takei is headed to another reality show, this time joining the cast of the next season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. Details and announcement videos below below. Plus there is a fan movement to get TNG’s Marina Sirits a spot on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
George Takei headed to Celebrity Apprentice
This morning Donald Trump announced Star Trek’s George Takei will be part of the cast of contestants for the fifth installment of Celebrity Apprentice, which premiers on February 12th. Takei will be part of the largest-ever lineup of famous faces for the series. The show breaks contestants into two teams (men and women), here is the full list:
Men: late-night legend Arsenio Hall, pop star Clay Aiken, radio host Adam Carolla, the “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actor George Takei, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul, Sr.
Women: supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, actress and multi-Grammy winner Tia Carrere, author and reality star Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, singer and actress Aubrey O’Day, actress and model Patricia Velásquez, and star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice
Takei with the men’s team on the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice"
In his typical bravado, executive producer and star Donald Trump talked up the season saying:
"This season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ will be the most exciting yet. The show will be great, with a record number of contestants and 15 episodes. We are thrilled to bring 18 new and talented celebrities who will help me make ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ one of the hottest shows on television this spring. This will be season 12 — Amazing!”
The 18 celebrity contestants will compete with the goal of raising money and awareness for their charity of choice. The last person standing will be chosen as the Celebrity Apprentice and have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity, following in the footsteps of previous winners Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and John Rich. Takei will be playing for the Japanese American National Museum.
The celebrities will be subject to long hours, grueling deadlines, intellectual challenges, personality clashes, and intense scrutiny under the careful watch of Donald Trump and his advisors, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump. Last season, “Celebrity Apprentice” raised a record amount for the contestants’ charities, donating over $3.1 million to charity.
Here are videos of Trump and some of the contestants talking about the upcoming season (Takei wasn’t at the event).
This will not be Takei’s first time on a celebrity reality show. In 2008 the actor appeared on the UK’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here! where he lived in the Australian outback for three weeks. Takei ended up in 3rd place out of 15 contestants. Here is a video of George eating bugs on the show.
Sirtis fans lobby for Dancing With The Stars spot
In other Star Trek celebrity on reality show news, fans of Next Gen’s Marina Sirits are trying to get the actress onto the next season of ABC’s hit Dancing with the Stars (apparently with the blessing of Sirtis herself) They have set up a website and are asking fans to vote for Marina at the official ABC site.
Sirtis fans trying to get her onto "Dancing with the Stars"