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Kyle Richards I'll Do 'Celebrity Apprentice' But I'm Goin' Home to My Man!!!

1/30/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kyle Richards filmed her first day of 'Celebrity Apprentice' Friday, but unlike the other apprentices, she spent the night in the comfort of her own home.  

Sources connected to production tell TMZ, Kyle attached one string to her show contract ... she would not be confined to a hotel during the 30 days of filming. We're told she insisted on going home to studly hubby, Mauricio Umansky.

The caged contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke, Lisa Leslie, Vince Neil, Snooki, Chael Sonnen and Porsha Williams. They're staying in a beachfront hotel while the show films in L.A. 

Our sources say Kyle will make appearances in the hotel room, so it may look like she's living there ... but she's not.

Arnold's not the only one with power.

Muhammad Ali's Daughter I'm Gonna Be Arnold's Apprentice!

1/28/2016 8:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-alia-group-celeb-app-tmz-getty-01Laila Ali vs. Snooki??? Yep. 

The cast of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' has just been announced -- and it's packed with star athletes who will battle it out for Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval ... including 2 ex-NFL players. 

Among the jocks ... Ricky Williams,  Eric Dickerson, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie and ex-MMA star Chael Sonnen

The athletes will compete against reality stars like Snooki, Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams ... singers like Vince Neil and comics like Jon Lovitz.

Arnold will reportedly be joined by celeb advisers including Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett ... and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer

Good luck! 

Motley Crue's Vince Neil I'm with Ahnald! Joins New 'Celebrity Apprentice'

1/26/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0125-vince-neil-arnold-schwarzenegger-tmz-01 Vince Neil is the first contestant to sign on for the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the boss' chair ... TMZ has learned. 

Since NBC announced Schwarzenegger would replace Donald Trump -- the network has been gearing up for new contestants, and Vince jumped at the opportunity. 

The Motley Crue frontman just finished the band's 'Final Tour' on December 31 ... and is ready to transition to a reality TV star. 

No word on any other casting decisions. The show's set to debut in September.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Do I Say You're 'Fired,' 'Terminated,' 'What?'

9/15/2015 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a problem ... he's got way too many taglines for "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Arnold was practicing his intonations on Snapchat, and it seems he's missing something so obvious.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Donald Trump Face-to-Face with Replacement at Debate

9/14/2015 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mark Burnett is a genius ... not exactly news, but the timing of the announcement that Arnold Schwarzenegger will become the new host of 'Celebrity Apprentice' couldn't be better, because we've learned Arnold will be front and center at Wednesday's Republican debate. 

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We're told the former California governor was always planning to attend the 2nd debate at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, and the timing of the announcement is not accidental.

Our sources say there will be some contact between Donald and Arnold ... likely a handshake and a short conversation that will not be picked up on mic.   

'Celebrity Apprentice' Moving to Cahleeefornia!!!

9/14/2015 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Celebrity Apprentice" will be uprooted from New York City ... TMZ has learned the show will be shot in Arnold Schwarzenegger's stomping ground ... Los Angeles. 

It's a brilliant move for the show, and our sources say a lot is going to change. For starters, Arnold can attract bigger stars than ever before. A production source tells us, the show will be "a lot funnier and more fun" than before, "partly because of the contestants and partly because of Arnold.

We're also told although nothing's been decided, the show would love it if Arnold's son Patrick appears as well. The 21-year old has some business chops -- he owns two Blaze Pizza shops ... one at the Grove in L.A and the other by USC.

Arnold Schwarzenegger I'll Be Back as ... New Host of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

9/14/2015 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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9:45 A.M. PST -- Trump just congratulated Arnold, tweeting "He'll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity."  He added, "To all my fans, sorry I couldn't do The Apprentice any longer -- but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so.  Love!"update_grey_gray_barThey're gonna need bigger chairs in the boardroom -- Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking Donald Trump's seat as the boss on "The Celebrity Apprentice."

NBC announced Arnold's new gig on Monday morning, and says he'll start calling the shots on the show during the 2016-17 TV season.  

It's a pretty brilliant hire that checks off several boxes -- A-list celebrity, huge success in his chosen profession, already has a catchphrase ("Hasta la vista"), and don't forget ... he's an immigrant. As we first reported, NBC was considering hiring a minority for the role -- not that Austrian exactly fits that bill.

Also interesting ... they got a former politician to replace the guy who left to run for office.

Other people in the running reportedly included Magic Johnson, George Lopez, and Richard Branson.

Hulk Hogan WWE Owner Vince McMahon Is Raging Hypocrite He Hurled the N-Word, Too

7/25/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Vince McMahon proudly hurled the n-word on national TV, which makes his decision to fire Hulk Hogan for the same offense outrageous ... so claims Hulk.

Vince was doing backstage color after a WWE event back in 2005, when he very deliberately used the n-word as he pranced away from John Cena. Even more shocking, he said it right smack in front of black wrestlers Booker T and Sharmell. 

Hulk is outraged Vince is acting so self-righteous, condemning him for spontaneously using the epithet in private when the wrestling boss used it in a premeditated way, on TV and for profit.

Several pro wrestlers like Virgil and George Foreman have to come to the Hulk's defense, as well as his daughter

But a WWE rep says everyone recognizes the 2005 segment "was an outlandish and satirical skit involving fictional characters, similar to that of many scripted television shows and movies.”

Translation: If it's okay for "The Wire" and "Django Unchained" ... it's okay for the WWE.

Donald Trump NBC Needs to Worry ... About 'Lying' Brian Williams

7/11/2015 8:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Trump must be fed up with getting bashed in the media ... because he lashed out with a pot shot of his own ... at his ex-biz partner NBC, and its embattled news anchor Brian Williams.

Trump fielded a lot of questions about his Mexican immigrants comments during a Friday news conference in L.A. -- but really went off when the subject of NBC dumping him came up ... Trump went for the jugular.

Check out the video ... we doubt the Donald and Williams will be sitting down for a campaign trail one-on-one after this.

We also asked Trump if proud Republican Caitlyn Jenner would have a role at the party's convention -- interesting response.

Terrell Owens ENDORSING TRUMP 'You're Hired!'

6/16/2015 10:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0616-terrell-owens-donald-trump-tmz-02Donald Trump's already got his first celebrity supporter ... Terrell Owens ... who tells TMZ Sports he fully supports his former boss' run for the presidency because "he won't put up with B.S."

T.O. -- who appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice" with Trump earlier this year -- says he gained a TON of respect for Trump during their time on the show and thinks D.T. could do great things for the country as the man in charge. 

"This may be what the country needs and Trump ... he’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run."

"With that being said, Trump ... YOU'RE HIRED"

Owens adds, "Plus, as the president, Trump would be able to say he knows me and he likes me ... LOL!" 

Terrell says he's got no beef with President Obama -- and thinks he's truly helped change the country for the better -- but says moving forward, he likes Trump. 

BTW, earlier this year, Owens appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" and made his pitch for a job in Trump's administration if he's elected. Check it out. 

Donald Trump 'Apprentice' Goes Black During White House Run

6/16/2015 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0616-the-apprentice-01'The Apprentice' will be put on ice during Donald Trump's presidential run ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected with Trump tell us, Season 15 will not air. The networks cannot give one candidate disproportionate airtime. 

Our Donald sources say no one will take Trump's place on the show ... it's simply going off the air until his campaign runs its course. 

The last season of "Celebrity Apprentice" saw a rise in ratings from the previous season, and NBC announced in February they were renewing for another season.

Omarosa Rips 'Real Housewife' Back Off, Bitch ... I’m Working This Corner!

5/20/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-omarosa-pettifleur-berenger-book-TMZ-INSTAGRAM-01O.G. 'Apprentice' bitch Omarosa Manigault isn't about to let some ‘Real Housewife' from Down Under rip-off her self-help book -- and now she's taking legal action to block the "bitch."

The ‘Apprentice’ vet served Pettifleur Berenger -- one of the "Real Housewives of Melbourne" -- with a cease-and-desist for her recent self-help book, "Switch the Bitch: My Formula to Being the Champion of Your Life, Not the Victim."

Sound familiar? Omarosa dropped her own motivational tome, "The Bitch Switch: Knowing How To Turn It On and Off" ... back in October of 2008. 

Gotta say ... Omarosa and her lawyer, Bradford M. Cohen, fired off a pretty entertaining letter. They demand a full accounting of Berenger’s book sales … which they say “should not take long” -- since it's an "absolute bore to read."

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Lastly, if Berenger doesn't pull her "literary classic" off shelves immediately ... Omarosa says she will file a lawsuit seeking $150k for each violation of her copyright.

Bitches, please.

Geraldo Rivera NBC Screwed Brian Williams ... By Lying, Of All Things

2/18/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Geraldo Rivera Brian Williams SuspensionNBC hung Brian Williams out to dry, and guaranteed he will never return to its "Nightly News" desk ... according to veteran news guy Geraldo Rivera

The "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up told us Williams got a raw deal when NBC suspended him for 6 months, because it prolonged the inevitable -- what he calls a "death penalty" to BW's career.

Geraldo added ... the Peacock should've just ripped off the band-aid and canned Williams now. Not that he thinks that would've been fair.

Watch the video ... it's the staunchest defense we've seen yet -- blasting network execs and everyone who's judging Brian from "the safety of their parents' basement with their hands on their computer saying tsk tsk." 

We smell a budding bromance.

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