The New Celebrity Apprentice 2017 Cast | Contestants
World-famous athlete, actor and successful businessman Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title.By generating a new international audience for bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger turned himself into a sports icon. With his sights set on Hollywood, he immigrated to America in 1968 and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to dedicate himself to acting. Later, he would go on to earn a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly became a U.S. citizen.Schwarzenegger, who worked under the pseudonym Arnold Strong in his first feature, "Hercules in New York," quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1977, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized him with a Golden Globe for New Male Star of the Year for his role in "Stay Hungry," opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic "Conan the Barbarian" hit box office gold.In 1984, Schwarzenegger catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in James Cameron's sci-fi thriller "The Terminator."He is the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute's "Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains" for roles he played in the "Terminator" series. Other memorable characters include roles in "Commando," "Predator," "Twins," "Total Recall," "True Lies," "Eraser," "Collateral Damage," "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," a cameo in Sylvester Stallone's homage to action films, "The Expendables," and an expanded role in "The Expendables 2," among others. To date, his films have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide.He gratefully served the people of California as the state's 38th governor from 2003-10. First elected in California's historic recall election, Governor Schwarzenegger ushered in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service.But it is Schwarzenegger's commitment to giving something back to his state and country through public service that gives him the most satisfaction: donating his time, energy and personal finances to serving others all over the world.Schwarzenegger acts as Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program, and serves as coach and international torchbearer for Special Olympics. He also served as Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush and as Chair of the California Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Gov. Pete Wilson.Most notably, Schwarzenegger made California a world leader on renewable energy and combating climate change with the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, set a revolutionary political reform agenda, and became the first governor in decades to invest in rebuilding California's critical infrastructure with his Strategic Growth Plan. He also dedicated himself to promoting physical education and after-school programs, and continues to commit his time, energy and personal finances to charitable organizations around the world. Schwarzenegger is currently back in Hollywood working on upcoming films.
Actress, Host, Entrepreneur and Fitness Expert
Brooke Burke-Charvet is most recognized for first winning, and then going on to co-host, "Dancing with the Stars." Burke-Charvet currently hosts "Hidden Heroes," which has just begun its second season. Burke-Charvet is also an author, entrepreneur, fashion designer, fitness expert and passionate philanthropist. She partnered with "Chicken Soup for the Soul" to author a new book, "The Joy of Less: 101 Stories About Having More by Simplifying Our Lives." In 2011, Burke-Charvet launched ModernMom.com, the popular online parenting destination, to connect with mothers globally. ModernMom.com is also the home of her online store, which launched her post-pregnancy and fitness belly wraps and for which she still remains the co-CEO.Burke-Charvet is extremely proud to be a Smile Ambassador for Operation Smile. She emcees their annual galas in Los Angeles and NYC and does PSAs for the organization, as well as medical missions with her family. Burke-Charvet has personally helped raise many large donations for Operation Smile in the past six years, but more importantly she and her family have helped change children's lives forever.
Singer and Television Host
Carnie Wilson, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, has a varied career as a singer, songwriter, actress, TV host, author and voiceover artist. Wilson had her own nationally syndicated talk show, "Carnie!," and has been the host of "The Newlywed Game," earning her an Emmy Award nomination for Best Game Show Host.Wilson is a member of the pop trio Wilson Phillips, which achieved unparalleled first-album success, selling 11 million copies with three No. 1 hit singles: "Hold On," "Release Me" and "You're in Love." Wilson was featured on the miniseries "The '60s," playing Mama Earth, and she appeared on "That '70s Show," "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Glee." Her weight loss struggle has been chronicled in two books, "Gut Feelings" and "I'm Still Hungry." Her cookbook "To Serve with Love" was published in 2005. Wilson has appeared on numerous cooking shows, including "Chopped" three times (winning the first one) and "Rachael Vs. Guy."She was a regular co-host on "The View" and "The Talk" for more than three years. Wilson Phillips and their song "Hold On" were featured in the motion picture "Bridesmaids," which resulted in a reality show for the group as well as being a current touring act around the world. She is currently launching her line of desserts, Love Bites by Carnie. The proud mother of two daughters, Wilson lives in Los Angeles.
Actress, Producer, Writer and Entrepreneur
Carrie Keagan has been called bawdy, crass, sophomoric, offensive, and dirty... and that was just in one article. Her naughty interviews with Hollywood's elite are the stuff of legend, having amassed over 2 billion views online, earning her the nickname "Barbara Walters on Acid." But there's so much more to this accomplished talk show host, author, comedienne, actress and entrepreneur. She went from being one of the first "YouTube sensations" and co-founder of the highly successful YouTube network: NO GOOD TV, to one of television's most sought-after personalities. Most recently, Keagan served as host and producer of VH1's Emmy Award-winning live daily morning talk show, "Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan." From G4's "Attack of the Show" to TNT's "NBA All-Star All-Style" fashion competition to VH1's "Mob Wives: The Sit Down," Keagan brings her unique brand of no-holds-barred authenticity to produce standout entertainment. Her acting credits include a recurring role in the Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" and cameos in the blockbuster films "Superbad" and "The Hangover." Recently, she appeared in cult-phenomenon "Sharknado 4" and as the female lead in the SyFy's feature film "Dead 7." She currently stars in the horror thriller "The Fiancé," in theaters now. Carrie currently hosts "Bravo After Hours with Carrie Keagan". She's a stern advocate for The Humane Society of the United States.
Emmy Award-Winning Television Star, Celebrity Stylist, Author and Fashion Designer
Carson Kressley is an Emmy-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer. He was a fan-favorite on "Dancing with the Stars" and headlined as the host of the "Dancing with the Stars Live" show in Las Vegas. In 2011, Kressley starred on "Carson Nation," a one-hour reality show that premiered on OWN. On "Carson Nation," Kressley traveled to small towns throughout the U.S., transforming lives one person at a time with his signature heart, humor and style. He is also a judge on "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "Window Warriors."Previously, Kressley helmed Lifetime's critically acclaimed show "How to Look Good Naked" and earned a primetime Emmy for his role on Bravo's breakout hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." He was a frequent style contributor on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," where millions of viewers accessed his expertise, style and wit. He has also been a style contributor on "Good Morning America," Live with Kelly and Michael," "The Queen Latifah Show," "Bethenny" and "The Wendy Williams Show."
Former UFC Standout and Mixed Martial Artist
Former UFC contender Chael Sonnen is an MMA analyst for ESPN and MMA commentator for NBC Sports. He also hosts the popular radio podcast "You're Welcome." Sonnen made his Octagon debut in 2005 and by 2010 was a household name. Sonnen is no stranger to reality television as he served as a coach for the UFC competition series "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil." For his work on the show, he was named Personality of the Year at the 2013 Fighters Only World MMA Awards. Sonnen is nominated again this year as 2016 Analyst of the Year.
Grammy Award-Winning Singer, songwriter, Culture Club's Lead Vocalist, International DJ, Top Fashion Designer and Photographer
British singer-songwriter Boy George is universally recognized as one of the music scene's most iconic artists. In 2015, he was presented with an Ivor Novello Award - one of the world's highest honors given to songwriters - for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. Attracting high praise from a variety of publications that include Rolling Stone and MTV, and having gained global recognition, the Grammy Award-winning singer has created a worldwide presence that transcends age, race, color, creed, nationality and even religion.To date, George has sold more than 100 million singles and in excess of 50 million albums as a performer and songwriter with super-group Culture Club, as well as a solo artist in his own right. Currently, George is on an 80-city world tour with the iconic band. Away from his musical successes, George is an author of two best-selling autobiographies and has been the co-producer, songwriter and on-stage star of the award-winning musical "Taboo" on both New York's Broadway and London's West End. All of these achievements have led to Boy George enjoying the status of a global icon.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back Who Played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons
A star NFL running back for 11 seasons, Eric Dickerson was called "the most feared man in the NFL" during his time in the league. Dickerson was born in Sealy, Texas, where his prolific athleticism and ability on the field earned him national recognition and interest from everyone in recruiting him. After ultimately deciding to attend Southern Methodist University, Dickerson became a standout running back for the school and a consensus All-American, leading the team and its "Pony Express" offense to two consecutive Southwest Conference titles.Dickerson was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1983 draft by the Los Angeles Rams. He enjoyed immediate success as he was named the NFL Rookie of the Year and MVP in 1983 and shattered O.J. Simpson's single-season rushing record in 1984 with a total of 2,105 yards for the season.Dickerson made NFL history by establishing the NFL rookie rushing record of 1,808 yards and single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards. Those marks have held for over two decades and may never be broken.Dickerson went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons, before eventually retiring in 1993 with 13,259 rushing yards, a total that placed him second on the all-time list behind Walter Payton. Over the course of his career, Dickerson was named to six Pro Bowl teams, five All-Pro first teams, the NFL's 1980s All-Decade Team and was a four-time NFL rushing champion.Since his retirement, Dickerson has been inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame and pursued a career as a broadcaster, working as an analyst for Fox Sports Net and ABC's "Monday Night Football," among other programs. He is very active in the Big Brothers organization, as well as his own Eric Dickerson Foundation.
Comedian, Film and Television Star and Former "Saturday Night Live" Cast Member
Perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated run as a cast member on NBC's hit series "Saturday Night Live," Jon Lovitz has had an enormously successful career in film, television and on stage spanning over 30 years.He is an accomplished comedian, actor and singer, whose career began as a member of the legendary improv comedy group The Groundlings. From there, he went on to find success creating memorable film and television roles, earning two Emmy nominations for his work on "Saturday Night Live." His numerous guest-star appearances on television include "The Simpsons," "New Girl," "Hawaii Five-O," "The Critic," "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "NewsRadio," as well as a recurring role on "Two and a Half Men."On the big screen, he appeared in the hit films "Big," "A League of Their Own" "City Slickers" and "The Wedding Singer," as well as "Grown Ups 2," "Hotel Transylvania" (1&2), "The Benchwarmers" and many others. He also had a stint on Broadway as the lead role in Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party." In addition to his busy film and television career, Lovitz is also in demand as a stand-up comedian, headlining in top comedy clubs and venues all over the United States.
Actress and Philanthropist
Kyle Richards, a California native, was born into an acting family in Hollywood, California. She landed her first role at age four in Disney's "Escape to Witch Mountain," where she played the younger version of her sister, Kim Richards. Her other sister is Kathy Hilton, mother to Paris and Nicky Hilton. Richards' television credits include "Little House on the Prairie," "Carter Country," "Down to Earth" and "ER." Her film credits include "Halloween" and "The Watcher in the Woods." More recent acting credits include the Lifetime original movie "Deadly Sibling Rivalry" and guest appearances on "CSI" and "Days of our Lives." Her husband, Mauricio Umansky, is one of the nation's top realtors and opened his own real estate business, The Agency, which has clients around the world. Richards is very busy running her successful business, the high end boutique Kyle by Alene Too, as well as working on a scripted series inspired by her own life growing up in the '70's. Richards' greatest passion, however, is being a mother to her four daughters: Farrah, Alexia, Sophia and Portia.
Retired Four-Time Boxing World Champion and Two-Time Hall of Famer, TV Host, Author, Health and Wellness Expert and Daughter of Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and nutrition expert, TV host, cooking enthusiast, founder of the Laila Ali Lifestyle brand and mother of two. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian Muhammad Ali, she is a four-time undefeated boxing world champion whose stellar record includes 24 wins (21 of which were "knockouts") and zero losses. Ali is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women's boxing.Beginning January of 2017, millions of viewers will watch Ali showcase how much of a savvy business "knockout" she is in the boardroom as she competes on "The New Celebrity Apprentice." She is also a regular panelist and contributor for the CBS Sports Network's new all-female sports commentary program, "We Need to Talk," the first of its kind in the history of sports broadcasting, and is featured as an expert on Season 8 of Dr. Oz's hit series, which premiered this fall.A cooking enthusiast, Ali previously appeared twice on Food Network's celebrity edition of "Chopped" and emerged victorious as the champion. Continuing her passion in the cooking space, she was the host of "Late Nite Chef Fight," an exciting food truck cooking competition show that has aired for multiple seasons on the FYI Network. She has also appeared in various cooking segments on "Rachael Ray" and "The Chew." Ali is most excited about her forthcoming cookbook, slated for release in the fall of 2017.For multiple seasons she hosted "Everyday Health," airing in national syndication on ABC, in addition to being the previous co-host of "American Gladiators" and former host of "All-In with Laila Ali," which aired in weekend syndication on CBS.In 2012, when women's boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time, Ali was the first woman in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports. For two consecutive years since its conception in 2015, she was selected as host of the first-ever televised ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards.Ali is a past President of the Women's Sports Foundation, a non-profit organization that is supported by some of the biggest athletes in the world. Through WSF she promotes equality for women in the world of professional sports, and she pushes programs that encourage young women to be confident, healthy and strong through sports. She was also a major voice for the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which protects women's rights to be included and treated equally in collegiate sports.Always eager to encourage others to live an active lifestyle, Ali was the 2012 "Mombassador" for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon, a competition she actually participated in and completed impressively in a little more than three hours. She's appeared as a guest star on the popular fitness show "The Biggest Loser."Ali tickled America's funny bone with multiple hilarious roles as comedy king Kevin Hart's boxing nemesis on the hit comedic series "Real Husbands of Hollywood." In 2014 she made her feature film-acting debut as the co-star of the action movie "Falcon Rising," opposite martial arts star Michael Jai White.Never one to turn down a good challenge, she captured the hearts of millions and made it to the final round of the fourth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" in 2007.A recognizable and trusted figure whose name and likeness packs a powerful punch, Ali has been an endorser for major brands such as Subway and Kohl's. Carefully building a successful branding and licensing empire (as a former owner and operator of a successful nail salon in Southern California), Ali recently rolled out a signature line of hair styling tools with Hot Tools, a brand subsidiary for hair care powerhouse Helen of Troy. She is also a major supporter of charitable organizations such as Feeding America and Peace4Kids, in addition to being a member of the Entertainment Council for Alicia Keys' Keep a Child Alive non-profit. She is also quite proud of the work she has done on behalf of the American Dental Association to create oral health awareness for children.Ali is a sought-after inspirational speaker and author of her life's story in a dynamic book for young women entitled "Reach! Finding Strength, Spirit and Personal Power." She studied business management at Santa Monica College. She and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, live in Los Angeles with their two children, son Curtis Jr. and daughter Sydney.
Naismith Hall of Famer, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA Champion Who Earned an MBA
Lisa Leslie is perhaps the most recognizable player in women's basketball history, having made a name for herself as a WNBA legend and the first team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.At the University of Southern California, Leslie became the first all-time Pac-10 leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots, and was subsequently drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA draft. Her dominance continued at the professional level, earning countless accolades over the course of a career that cemented her status as the face of the sport, including three regular season MVP awards, back-to-back WNBA championships and becoming the first woman to slam-dunk in a professional game.Leslie's off-the-court accomplishments are equally impressive. She has enjoyed a successful modeling career with the prestigious Wilhelmina agency since 1996, received her master's degree in business, released her first book and become the co-owner of the Los Angeles Sparks in 2009. Leslie has also worked as a commentator for ESPN, Fox Sports Net, Turner and the 2012 Olympics for NBC. She is currently an in-studio sports analyst for ABC's "SportsZone" and the co-host of the all-female sports talk show, "We Need to Talk." Leslie is also the Athlete Ambassador for the Players Tribune and in 2016 released her second book, "From the Court to the Boardroom."
"American Ninja Warrior" Host, Comedian, Actor and Licensed Physician
Matt Iseman serves as host of the heart-racing obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior" as well as Esquire Networks' spin-off, "Team Ninja Warrior." He is also a contestant on the upcoming Season 8 of "The New Celebrity Apprentice." Iseman has been part of the "American Ninja Warrior" team as host since 2010. Long before that opportunity arose, Iseman earned his medical degree but quickly realized stand-up comedy was more in his DNA. He began his hosting career on "Scream Play" for E! and on "Casino Night" for GSN. Shortly thereafter, he started a five-year run as the "go-to guy" on Style's "Clean House," which was number one on the network during that time. That led to work as host of spin-off "Clean House Comes Clean" and a multi-episode special "Clean House: The Messiest Home in the Country," which earned him a Daytime Emmy Award.Iseman also created and hosted "Family by Design" for Style and toured with the successful one-man show, "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus."Iseman combined his lifelong passions of sports and comedy to host "Sports Soup" on Versus and was the voice for "Dumbest Stuff on Wheels" on Speed. Additionally, he hosted a special for History, titled "Invisible," about the world around us that we don't see.Iseman made his movie debut in "Transformers 2" and made appearances on the "The Drew Carey Show," "NCIS" and "Courting Alex." He had a recurring role on "General Hospital" and has also appeared on "The League" on FX, "Hot in Cleveland" on TV Land, "Premium Blend" on Comedy Central and "Comics Unleashed" with Byron Allen. Iseman can also be seen regularly on Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family."His album, "I Want a Happy Ending," has become an iTunes hit, and his comedy can be heard on Sirius XM, Pandora and countless radio stations around the nation.In addition to his work on-screen, Iseman has utilized his energetic, charismatic style around the world, performing shows for troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Bosnia and Hungary.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Reality Television Star and New York Times Best-Selling Author
International television personality, New York Times best-selling author and entrepreneur Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi quickly became a household name. Polizzi was first introduced to audiences in 2009 on the record-breaking MTV reality series "Jersey Shore." In 2012, Polizzi landed her second reality show for MTV, "Snooki & JWoww," and in 2015 the duo paired up again to star on their new series, "Snooki & JWoww: Moms with Attitude," from Awestruck on the go90 app. "Moms with Attitude" premiered its second season in September 2016. Polizzi was also seen recently with her husband, Jionni, on their original series on FYI, "Nicole & Jionni's Shore Flip." Polizzi added the title of author to her resume, becoming a New York Times best-selling writer with her books "A Shore Thing," "Confessions of a Guidette" and "Gorilla Beach." Polizzi's fourth book, "Baby Bumps: From Party Girl to Proud Mama and All the Messy Milestones Along the Way," was released in December 2013. Her most recent book, "Strong Is the New Sexy: My Kickass Story on Getting My 'Formula for Fierce,'" was released in 2015.
Co-Host of Nationally Syndicated "Dish Nation," Star Of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and Entrepreneur
Porsha Williams is a vivacious beauty with big dreams and the ambition to make them a reality. A true "cornbread-fed Georgia Peach," Porsha was born and raised in a prominent family in Atlanta and is the granddaughter of Civil Rights leader and philanthropist, Rev. Hosea Williams.Porsha is currently embracing a new chapter in her life as she learns to date again while on a journey to find her true "self." Porsha is thriving in her career working as an entertainment news correspondent with The Rickey Smiley Morning Show on "Dish Nation" and as a contestant on the upcoming season of "Celebrity Apprentice." Surrounded by supportive friends and family, she is focused on taking her love for performing to the next level. In addition, she is focused on her newly launched business ventures "Go Naked Hair" and her lingerie line "Naked Lingerie" as well as remaining heavily involved in her various charity partnerships.
Heisman Trophy Winner for the University of Texas, 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee and ESPN Sports Analyst Who Was a Running Back for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens
Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Famer Ricky Williams is a college football analyst for ESPN's Longhorn Network, co-hosting the network's flagship programs "Texas GameDay" and "Texas GameDay Final" during football season.Williams was born in San Diego in 1977, where he excelled not only in football but also in baseball and track. His performance as a running back for Patrick Henry High School led to his recruitment by the University of Texas, where he had a record-breaking career highlighted by two All-American honors and the Heisman in 1998. He was subsequently selected as the fifth overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints but played the majority of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, for whom he was the 2002 NFL rushing leader, a first-team All-Pro and the Pro Bowl MVP. He retired from the NFL in 2012 after a winning season with the Baltimore Ravens.During his NFL career and continuing into retirement, Williams has been an advocate for sensible health and wellness practices. He is also well known for his proud support of the legalization and regulation of cannabis across the country.
Mötley Crüe's Lead Vocalist and Eclectic Businessman
Vince Neil is best known for being the lead singer of one of the world's most notorious rock bands, Mötley Crüe. The band has sold 100 million albums globally, has reached seven platinum or multi-platinum certifications, 22 Top 40 mainstream rock hits, six Top 20 pop singles, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance and countless sold-out tours across the globe, playing to millions and generations of fans. The band recently went on their final tour.Presently, Neil is very busy touring year-round with his solo band and working on his fourth solo record.Besides being an international superstar, Neil is an accomplished businessman and heartfelt philanthropist. He has raised millions of dollars for pediatric cancer and owns several restaurants and his own brand of tequila and vodka.