'Smartest' Celeb Apprentice Cast Revealed

And it includes ... Teresa Giudice?

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 4, 2012 10:55 AM CST

(Newser) – This season's Celebrity Apprentice cast is the smartest ever, according to an executive producer—but that might not really be saying much, considering members include bankrupt Real Housewife Teresa Giudice and mob-daughter-turned-reality-star Victoria Gotti. Even so, "We've never seen such a smart and funny group as this year's lineup of celebrities," Mark Burnett says of the season that starts Feb. 12.

"I just think we have a major group of celebrities, and we have a very iconic group," says host Donald Trump. "This is the best cast we've ever had, the biggest cast, and it's going to be special." The 18 competitors, announced today, also include Arsenio Hall, Adam Carolla, singers Clay Aiken and Debbie Gibson, magician Penn Jillette, and George Takei of Star Trek. See People for the full list.

In this April 12, 2011 file photo, Victoria Gotti poses during a news conference in New York for the film Gotti: Three Generations, based on the life of her father John Gotti, leader of the Gambino crime family.
In this April 12, 2011 file photo, Victoria Gotti poses during a news conference in New York for the film "Gotti: Three Generations," based on the life of her father John Gotti, leader of the Gambino...   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Television personality Teresa Giudice attends the 2011 Bravo Upfront at 82 Mercer on March 30, 2011 in New York City.
Television personality Teresa Giudice attends the 2011 Bravo Upfront at 82 Mercer on March 30, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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