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Terrell Owens

I'm PUMPED About 'Apprentice'

... But I'm Still NFL-Ready

3/20/2014 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Terrell Owens tells TMZ Sports he's "excited" about his shot to impress Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but wants everyone to know he's still READY TO GO if an NFL team comes calling. 

T.O. was in NYC yesterday getting ready to meet with producers --  when he told us the money he raises on the NBC show will go toward the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 

But the 40-year-old says he still hasn't given up on playing pro football -- telling us he was "on the field" training earlier this week ... just in case.  

Owens hasn't been with an NFL team since 2012, when he spent some time with the Seahawks -- but "Apprentice" has been know to jump start seemingly dead careers. 

Think Owens has a shot at a comeback?

'Celebrity Apprentice'

Geraldo, Kate, Brandi, Kenya and Keshia

Joining the Cast

3/14/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Celebrity Apprentice" is still weeks away from announcing its latest contestants, but TMZ spies have come through again ... with a list of celebs who will be duking it out this season.

TMZ has learned Geraldo Rivera and former "Cosby Show" star Keshia Knight Pulliam are among the cast members for the upcoming season.

In addition, our spies say two "Real Housewives" -- Brandi Glanville from Bev Hills and Kenya Moore from Atlanta -- will also be doing the show. 

Kate Gosselin's name has been rumored for a while now ... and TMZ can confirm she'll be trying to get on Donald Trump's good side as well.

"Celebrity Apprentice" is still a ratings force on Sunday nights and has helped re-launch the careers of Joan Rivers, Arsenio Hall, Trace Adkins and Piers Morgan.

Wait, maybe not that last one ...

Terrell Owens

I'M GONNA BE ON 'CELEBRITY APPRENTICE!!!

3/14/2014 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He's already been axed by the Cowboys, Eagles & Bengals .. but now Terrell Owens is gonna have a chance to be FIRED BY DONALD TRUMP ... 'cause he's gonna be on "Celebrity Apprentice," TMZ Sports has learned. 

Sources tell us ... T.O. is all set to appear on the 14th Season of Trump's mega-hit show on NBC. 

And it's not just for the paycheck, now that Owens is on board, he's got a HUGE opportunity to blow up his post-NFL career ... just like Joan Rivers, Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall who all enjoyed a serious resurgence of fame after appearing on the show, which is #1 on Sunday nights.  

But Owens may not be the only jock on the show ... we're told tennis superstar Martina Navratilova is in talks with producers and really wants to do it ... but isn't a lock yet. 

Stay tuned ...

Judge to Omarosa's Mom

Nut Up!!

Claudia Jordan's No Threat

7/8/2013 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's mom got shut down in court -- a judge slammed the door on her attempt to get a restraining order against ex-"Celebrity Apprentice" star Claudia Jordan ... for now.

Theresa Manigault filed her request for the restraining order last week ... just a few days after she and Claudia got into the most ridiculous, and childish fight ever on the BET Awards red carpet.

TMZ broke the story ... Claudia claimed Omarosa's 65-year-old mother punched her in the arm -- while Omarosa claimed Claudia's the one who shoved her mom.

In her court filing, mama Manigault describes the incident this way: "She started to use profanity at me. As I was walking the carpet, she began to be physically aggressive" ... and used "her shoulder to try to knock me off balance."

Mortal combat, right?

Clearly, the judge didn't see any immediate threat because according to the documents ... Mom's request to keep Claudia 20 yards away was denied.

Omarosa's mother will get a chance to restate her case during a hearing on July 24.

'Celebrity Apprentice' Alum

Omarosa's Mom Just

Punched Me

7/1/2013 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Celebrity Apprentice' alum Claudia Jordan says Omarosa's mother assaulted her moments ago at the BET Awards ... and claims she has filed a police report, TMZ has learned.

We're told the alleged attack went down at L.A. Live while Claudia was walking the red carpet.

Our sources at the awards show say, Claudia and Omarosa got into a heated verbal exchange -- after Omarosa allegedly called Claudia a "stupid b***h."

The verbal blows didn't stop ... so we're told when Omarosa's mom overheard it ... she walked by and punched Claudia in the arm. We're told event security then rushed in to break the women up and prevented the incident from escalating further.

Claudia then tweeted, "Wow, that awkward moment when you're assaulted on the red carpet."

But Omarosa tells TMZ ... Claudia started it by pushing her 65-year-old mother. And Omarosa says her mom filed her own police report for assault against Claudia. She says, “I am deeply saddened by Claudia Jordan actions at the BET Awards. After all that my family and I been through this year. She should show at least an ounce of decency and respect “

FYI -- Claudia and Omarosa were on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" together ... and have been known to bash each other in the media.

Specifically Omarosa claims Claudia took pics at Michael Clarke Duncan's funeral (Omarosa's former fiance) which pissed her off. Claudia, in turn, ripped Omarosa, saying she was using the funeral as a press opportunity. 

Happy BET Awards everyone.

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Dennis Rodman

The Apprentice Is a DRAG!

5/20/2013 9:12 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
0520_dennis_rodman_apprentice_mohawkWith a ratty blonde mohawk weave, enough drag makeup to make any 4 AM Hollywood Blvd. streetwalker jealous and some sort of loud Hawaiian print blazer, Dennis Rodman hit up "The All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" finale in New York City on Sunday ...  looking like the bastard love child of Rupaul and Tina Turner in "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."

The 52-year-old former NBA star turned clown finally managed to do something worse than vacation with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

He is the United States embarrassador.

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Bret Michaels

Trump Asked Me to Do

'Celeb Apprentice All-Stars'

8/2/2012 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bret Michaels says he's considering a return to the world of reality TV ... because Donald Trump has asked him to compete on the upcoming, "Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars."

Bret's rep says the rocker is considering the gig, but has yet to officially commit.

As for rumors Bret will once again hunt for skeezers on another "Rock of Love" VH1 reality show now that he broke up with his fiancee ... Michaels' rep insists it's just not true.

"Anyone who knows Bret's family and knows him as a father and a friend would truly understand that he is hurting over the separation and the last thing he is thinking about is doing a dating show."

Lisa Lampanelli

Backlash After Comic Hurls

Racial Slur at Dayana Mendoza

4/10/2012 10:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"Celebrity Apprentice" star Dayana Mendoza is firing back at Lisa Lampanelli ... claiming Lisa insulted an "entire Hispanic culture" when she called the beauty queen a "sp*c" during a radio interview.

It all went down last month when Lampanelli appeared on Sirius XM and said, "I actually would love to see [Dayana] giving birth. She’s a sp*c! She’s going to do it f**king soon, anyway. She’ll be knocked up before the end of the week.”

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Now, Dayana is speaking out about the racial slur ... telling the Huffington Post, "I understand that it's Lisa's job to make fun of people for a living. If poking fun at me can help her sell tickets to her shows, no problem, I am happy to help her put food on her table. However, when she uses racial slurs, she is not only targeting myself but degrading an entire Hispanic culture."

We reached out to Lisa for comment -- so far, no response.

Lisa Lampanelli

Arsenio's 'Apprentice' Outburst

Turned VIOLENT Behind Scenes

4/6/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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insists Arsenio Hall's foulmouthed tirade on "Celebrity Apprentice" last weekend was WAY worse behind the scenes -- claiming Arsenio called Aubrey O'Day the c-word ... and even got violent.

Lisa called in to Broadminded on XM Sirius Stars Thursday -- and according to the comedian, the worst parts of Arsenio's anti-Aubrey outburst were edited out ... when he called Aubrey a "c***" and said, he would "something something all over her face."

You'll recall ... the parts that did make it to air included Arsenio in the War Room, saying, "I Googled [Aubrey] and a naked picture with a gut popped up ... f**k her!" (below)

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But Lisa says what was edited out sounded so "violent" -- she jumped up and alerted producers, claiming it was the first time in 20 years she had been so shaken up.

Calls to Arsenio were not returned.

Donald Trump

Sponsors NOT Bailing

Over African Hunting Pics

3/15/2012 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The father is NOT paying for the actions of his sons ... so says Donald Trump ... who claims all of his "Celebrity Apprentice" sponsors are staying committed to the show after gruesome pics emerged of his kids killing a bunch of animals in Africa.

TMZ broke the story ... Marcus Lemonis -- CEO of Camping World and Good Sam -- is furious about the photos of Don Jr. and Eric Trump posing with their kills ... which included an elephant, kudu and waterbuck. Lemonis told TMZ he vowed not to give another dime to support Trump's show.

Here's the catch ... Good Sam is a major sponsor of a 'Celeb Apprentice' episode scheduled to air next month.

But Trump called in to "TMZ Live" moments ago ... and said despite Lemonis' outrage ... not one sponsor has pulled out ... including Good Sam.

In fact, Trump says the people at Good Sam are THRILLED to be on board ... and told him they are "very much looking forward" to their episode.

Still, Trump once again stated he's NOT a fan of hunting ... but believes his sons were righteous in giving the meat from their kills to local villagers.

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'Celebrity Apprentice'

Big Sponsor Pulls Out Over

Little Trumps' Animal Butchery

3/15/2012 1:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's sons' bloody hunting trip in Africa last year didn't just put a dent in the local wildlife population -- it exterminated a lucrative advertising deal on "Celebrity Apprentice" ... by scaring away a big sponsor.

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis tells TMZ, the company's TV spots already aired on this season of "Celebrity Apprentice" -- but he insists, "I wouldn't spend another nickel with them."

Marcus adds, "I am totally disgusted by the [hunting] pics I have seen and was surprised to see them ... Money is spent but wow I'm really shocked."

As TMZ previously reported, Donald's sons (Donald Jr. and Eric) went on a hunting safari in Zimbabwe a year ago, killing several animals -- including an elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and waterbuck.

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'Celeb Apprentice' Star Sued

Please, Stop Singing.

2/21/2012 3:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Aubrey O'Day's big mouth has landed her in hot water again ... only this time it's not because of what she said ... it's what she sang.

The "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant is being sued over a segment in the finale of her Oxygen reality show, "All About Aubrey" ... in which she sings on top of a track produced by her friend Adonis Shropshire.

Here's the rub -- according to the suit, Adonis created that particular beat for ANOTHER artist and didn't have the right to pass it on to Aubrey.

Now, the company that claims it owns the beat is suing Aubrey, Oxygen and Adonis ... alleging they all contributed to the alleged beat jackery.

The company is suing for unspecified damages -- and an order preventing Aubrey from performing the song ever again.

Lisa Lampanelli

NBC Treated Me Like Rosa Parks

But I Got My Apology

1/5/2012 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Lisa Lampanelli has buried the hatchet with NBC -- calling in to TMZ Live moments ago, claiming the network has apologized for dissing her hardcore at the NY Knicks game last night ... or as she put it, treating her like "Rosa Parks."

Lisa tells us, NBC called her up today to say sorry for the faux pas -- after it asked Lisa to attend the game as a favor to promote "Celebrity Apprentice" ... then insulted her with an 11th row seat, while her co-stars Teresa Giudice and Dayana Mendoza sat courtside.

Lisa cracked, "I'm like Rosa Parks! ... Don't sit me in the back of the bus!" -- but says she has since forgiven the network. According to Lisa, NBC even asked for her address to send her a gift in the mail.

Fruit baskets fix everything.

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