Jan. 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM ET
“Celebrity Apprentice” boss Donald Trump announced the cast for the upcoming season of his star-packed competition on Thursday’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
Most of the 16 "Apprentice" hopefuls, including La Toya Jackson and Gary Busey, came as no surprise to fans who followed casting lists leaked last fall, but Trump’s personal asides about who to watch more than made up for the predictable rundown.
“(Star Jones) had a huge problem with Nene (Leakes),” the boardroom boss told Fallon. “These two, I mean, it was like fist fights all the time. … I’ve never seen confrontation like this. In fact, they make Omarosa look nice.”
Joining the aforementioned celebs are Lil Jon, Jose Canseco, Meatloaf, Lisa Rinna, Dionne Warwick, Richard Hatch, Marlee Matlin, Niki Taylor, David Cassidy, Mark McGrath, John Rich and Hope Dworaczyk.
Notably absent from the once-rumored, now-confirmed list is rehabilitated actress Lindsay Lohan. Trump recently told Life & Style magazine why he passed on the chance to add her to his eclectic mix of stars.
"(The Lohans) approached me, and we did talk about it. It’s just not the right time,” Trump explained. “Lindsay has to straighten herself out first. And I know Dina, she’s a really lovely woman. I don’t think she gets very much credit — she’s tried. I know Michael a little bit. It could happen in the future, but right now we need to see Lindsay get straightened out.”
The new season of “Celebrity Apprentice” premieres March 6 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.