Celebrity Apprentice

'Celebrity Apprentice' finale: Who did Donald Trump hire?

May 21, 2012 at 7:19 AM ET

Clay Aiken and Arsenio Hall faced off in one final challenge Sunday night.

The duo, with the help of former "Celebrity Apprentice" competitors, were given the task of putting together a variety show and throwing a party to benefit their respective charities.

Broadcasting live from NYC's Museum of Natural History, Donald Trump announced the newest winner of "Celebrity Apprentice" ....

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Arsenio Hall!

The 56-year-old comedian was elated, putting his head down on the table then raising his hand to the sky. He and Clay hugged, and the "American Idol" runner-up (and now "Celebrity Apprentice" runner-up) congratulated his competitor and friend.

And while Arsenio took home the prize, both men were winners: Arsenio's team raised $167,000 for the Magic Johnson Foundation, and Clay's team pulled in a whopping $301,500 for the National Inclusion Project. (Arsenio's charity was also awarded an additional $250,000 from Trump for winning "Celebrity Apprentice.")

"I've never been so torn," Trump said before announcing Arsenio as the winner. "This is a very, very tough decision. You're both amazing people. There is no loser tonight."

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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