FEUDING FINALISTS JOAN RIVERS AND ANNIE DUKE FACE OFF IN THE FINAL FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE TO BECOME THE NEXT CELEBRITY APPRENTICE IN THE THREE-HOUR LIVE FINALE ON NBC SUNDAY, MAY 10
Last Season's "Celebrity Apprentice" Winner Piers Morgan and Runner Up Trace Adkins Will Return for the Final Hour
NEW YORK � May 4, 2009 � After the firing of Clint Black, Brande Roderick and Jesse James in last night's exciting episode, two arch-rivals are left to face off in the final showdown: world-renowned comedienne Joan Rivers and world champion poker player Annie Duke. In this final challenge, project managers Joan and Annie will compete to create a pre-theatre VIP party experience, sponsored by Kodak, for patrons attending Cirque du Soleil's hit show "Wintuk."
The three-hour finale will be telecast live Sunday, May 10 (8-11 p.m. ET) from the Museum of Natural History in New York City where last season's finalists, winner Piers Morgan ("America's Got Talent") and runner up, country music superstar Trace Adkins, will make a special appearance before Donald Trump reveals the next "Celebrity Apprentice."
"This season's final boardroom showdown is guaranteed to be the most astonishing we've ever had, a fitting finale to a fantastic season," said executive producer Donald Trump. "Joan Rivers and Annie Duke have done a tremendous job. Congratulations to them both�and may the best woman win!"
In this second season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," America has again watched celebrities from the sports, television, musical, comedy and movie worlds collide and put their reputations on the line to win money for their charities, and now it is down to the final two � archenemies Joan Rivers and Annie Duke. In this three-hour finale episode, Joan and Annie are pleasantly surprised to see the return of some of their former teammates, Dennis Rodman, Tom Green, Melissa Rivers, Brande Roderick, Clint Black and Herschel Walker, and must choose among them to create a team that will lead them to one last victory and a huge donation to their chosen charity.
In the hours before a performance of Cirque du Soleil's hit show "Wintuk," each team will produce a pre-theatre VIP party, sponsored by Kodak, featuring a silent auction made up of items the celebrities themselves bring to the table. The feuding finalists vow to mercilessly defeat one another and they begin their task. However, with little time remaining, the event planning company quits, and both teams struggle to quickly transform a completely empty space into an environment that will impress the Kodak executives. The live boardroom, held at New York City's Museum of Natural History, hosts a reunion with this season's competing celebrities and the return of last year's winner Piers Morgan and runner up, country star Trace Adkins. In the final minutes of this live finale, Donald Trump mediates one last boardroom blowout between Joan and Annie, fires one of them and announces this season's "Celebrity Apprentice."
As a reward, both finalists wrote and produced their own spot, profiling their charities for NBC's "The More You Know" campaign. These public service announcements will debut during "The Celebrity Apprentice" season finale.
JOAN RIVERS CHARITY � God's Love We Deliver
About God's Love We Deliver
Every day, God's Love We Deliver receives calls from people who are living with HIV/AIDS and other life-altering illnesses and have an urgent need for nutritious food. With a small full-time staff and over 1,400 dedicated volunteers, God's Love cooks and delivers over 3,300 individually tailored, freshly prepared meals every weekday. Our meals are delivered to people who, because of their illness, are unable to shop or cook for themselves - at a time in life when good nutrition makes such a difference and a delicious meal provides so much comfort.The mission of God's Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. To this end, in addition to the nutritious meals we provide to all of our clients and their families, we also offer vital nutrition education and counseling. Since 1986, God's Love We Deliver has proudly served nearly 10 million meals to our friends and neighbors in New York City, Newark and Hudson County, New Jersey. God's Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization.
ANNIE DUKE'S CHARITY - Refugees International
About Refugees International
Refugees International advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people and promotes solutions to displacement crises.As the leading advocacy organization on refugee crises, Refugees International successfully challenges policy makers and aid agencies to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. RI declines government or UN funding, allowing their advocacy to be fearless and independent. Their field-based knowledge of humanitarian emergencies is sought out by global leaders whose decisions bring immediate relief to refugees and solutions to large-scale crises. Due to their efforts, refugees receive food, medicine and education; displaced people return home; peacekeepers protect the displaced from harm; and stateless people obtain legal status. Learn more at www.refugeesinternational.org.
Clint Black, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Green, Natalie Gulbis, Scott Hamilton, Jesse James, Claudia Jordan, Khloe Kardashian, Brian McKnight, Melissa Rivers, Brande Roderick, Dennis Rodman, Herschel Walker and Tionne Watkins are the celebrities who were fired by Donald Trump to date.
"The Celebrity Apprentice" is produced by Mark Burnett Productions in association with Trump Productions LLC. Mark Burnett, Donald Trump, Page Feldman and Eden Gaha are Executive Producers.