But first, the news that's been confirmed: Celebrity Apprentice will be returning for the spring season of 2010. An announcement was made during the lead-up to the season finale where poker star Annie Duke will battle Joan Rivers for the title. Eliminated contestants include Herschel Walker, Brian McKnight, Dennis Rodman, Tom Green and Scott Hamilton, among others.
The cast for season three of Celebrity Apprentice hasn't been announced yet, so I thought we could ask WalletPOP readers to submit their ideas. Donald Trump is such a megalomaniac that he probably reads every blog that is written about him so be assured there is a good chance that he will see your suggestions. But first, a few of my own ideas:
- John Daly: The real-life Happy Gilmore is banished from the PGA Tour, broke, and he recently lost his endorsement deal with Hooters. Still: He's charismatic and something of a folk hero, and would be a big ratings draw, sure to provide plenty of melodrama.
- J.D. Salinger: I know the author The Catcher in the Rye is 90 and hasn't been seen or heard from since 1980 but perhaps he'd like a chance to bask in the spotlight of reality television in his golden years. Of course he won't, but I had to put him on this list because he is the absolute antithesis of the publicity whore spotlight-seeking C-list stars who seem to populate these B-list reality shows.
- Gary Condit: What would a reality show be without a politician disgraced by a sex scandal? The disappearance of 24-year old intern and sometime lover Chandra Levy dominated the headlines during the summer of 2001, but Gary got a break from the media onslaught in the wake of the events of Sept. 11. He opted not to run for re-election and spent the next few years embroiled in litigation, while somehow finding time to run two Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlors before his franchise agreements were revoked over outstanding debt. He clearly has an entrepreneurial side. Give him a call, Donald!
- Condoleezza Rice: She's an ambitious, power-hungry individual who has for better or for worse, done just about everything there is to do in the public sector, and she's only 55. Could she have a second-act as an entrepreneur? She's obviously brilliant and the former Secretary of State running a Manhattan hot dog stand would certainly make interesting viewing. Or perhaps it would be sheer torture.
- Angelo Mozilo: With his perpetually bronzed skin and creepy smile, the Countrywide Financial CEO became the poster child for the subprime industry that managed to rip-off consumers and investors alike. With Countrywide now a part of Bank of America and its now-infamous name on the way out, Angelo Mozilo is out of a job, and seems unlikely to land one in mortgage-land anytime soon. But he's a heck of a salesman and was a great American success story before he bet his company on subprime sludge, and it would be interesting to see his mind in action.