Jan. 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM ET
Get ready for drama in the first ever “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” And unsurprisingly to fans of the competition, it sounds like a lot of the excitement will revolve around Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth.
“I fight with everybody,” she told reporters during the TV Critics winter press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Sunday. More specifically, “Lil Jon had to break up all the fights between me and crazy a-- LaToya Jackson,” she stated. (Jackson did not attend the event.)
Old feuds will be reignited as well.
“Omarosa and Piers Morgan, they don’t like each other. Still,” said Lil Jon, who finished fourth in “Celebrity Apprentice 4.”
“(Morgan) said he came back this season solely to torture me, and that’s what he did, episode after episode,” said Omarosa, who finished in eighth place in season one of “The Apprentice,” and first faced off against Morgan in season seven, the first celebrity edition. “Piers is a mean, nasty person. He was so nasty. I'm not exaggerating.”
Returning competitor Stephen Baldwin backed her to an extent. “It goes without saying, Piers is Piers,” he said. “He’s kind of good at getting in there and annoying people and causing a little bit of controversy.”
Morgan, who was not present at Sunday’s panel, isn’t returning to try to win the $250,000 grand prize for a charity of his choice, but instead, as the winner of the first “Celebrity Apprentice,” he’s back to advise boss Donald Trump.
Baldwin, who finished in fifth place in his season, said one of the “coolest” things about this all-star cast was that everyone had played before. But that didn’t make things exactly peachy. “For me there was a level of terror involved because the only person that I really liked during this process was (country star) Trace (Adkins),” he said. “It is the psychology of it. The only people I trusted was … no one.”
For Omarosa, that “no one” included Baldwin himself. “He came in on day one, his mind was turning,” she said of her fellow competitor. “You know what his approach was? Stephen Baldwin will stab you in the front as opposed to the back! You watch!”
Adkins, who was the runner-up in the first “Celebrity Apprentice,” isn’t a fan of all the drama. “(Participating in the show) puts me in a position where I’m forced to tolerate individuals I wouldn’t normally tolerate. I don’t live my life like that,” he said. “I don’t like to spend time around people I abhor.”
But he also added that it wasn’t quite like that this second time around. “This (show) at least has a shred of nobility because of the charitable aspect. That’s the only reason I even consider doing stuff like this,” he said.
Executive producer Page Feldman said the show raised about $3 million dollars.
“About $30 went to charity,” joked Penn Jillette.
“All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” premieres March 3 at 9 p.m. on NBC. Other contestants include Gary Busy, Lisa Rinna, Marilu Henner, Brett Michaels, Dee Snider, Claudia Jordan and Brande Roderick.
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