'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. (Read more Teresa Giudice stories.)

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