Vincent Pastore (aka “Big Pussy” from The Sopranos), Stephen Baldwin and Gene Simmons of Kiss are among the contestants signed on for Celebrity Apprentice, according to the Associated Press.
The 14 celebrities won’t be vying for a job with Donald Trump, as in the previous six “Apprentice” seasons, but instead will compete in business-oriented tasks around New York City to raise money for their favorite charities. The official “Celebrity Apprentice” will win a $250,000 bonus to donate.
Tasks will be judged in the boardroom by executive producer-host Trump and his advisers, including, once again, his children/colleagues Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.
As they met with the press in mid-October, the gathered rivals were set to face their first challenge the next day, when taping began. The show debuts Jan. 3.
Cast members for this rejiggered “Apprentice” — which in the past relied on scrappy, ambitious star-wannabes — were selected from a field of some 125 celebrity applicants, Trump told reporters.
“They were all begging to be on the show,” he said. “The hardest thing was breaking it down to these 14.”