"The Celebrity Apprentice" returns on Sunday, March 3, with all all-stars addition. The cast list has fans buzzing as some of the past seasons most impressive and most controversial contestants are back. The full list is Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Penn Jillette, Lil Jon, Bret Michaels, Dennis Rodman, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, La Toya Jackson, Claudia Jordan, Omarosa, Lisa Rinna and Brande Roderick. In addition some past players are returning as judges — Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan and John Rich. In a recent conference call interview Donald Trump talked about putting together the all-star cast and what to expect this season.
On getting the stars to return for the 'All-Stars' season
"It was very easy to get everybody to come back. We got everybody that we wanted back. And it’s actually very easy to cast the show because everybody really wants to be on it. Whether it’s Piers Morgan or Joan Rivers or Trace Adkins or Bret [Michaels], so many have done so well for themselves and their brand. They have made a lot of money and they have also made a lot of money on the show itself for charity but their brand has made a lot of money. So I wasn’t surprised to see him come back at all, no."
On how they arrived at this cast
"This was the group we wanted. Everybody that we asked to be on the show we were able to get. You look at what has gone on with Trace and with Gary Busey and some of the people we have talked about and it’s just amazing. You have a list of the people on the show. And it has just been a chemistry thing. We wanted the right chemistry. You never know if it’s going to work but we picked people and the chemistry really did work."
On his expectations of the returning contestants
"They became a lot smarter, they understand the system better. We have a couple that did very, very well that frankly I wasn’t expecting as much from and they have learned the system a little bit. So it wasn’t that I was expecting more, I think they have become much smarter. And I actually think that it made for an exciting show, very exciting show. Almost every one of them really have learned so much and it has become very, very exciting. It’s really a strong show, amazing show."
Read what Trump had to say about Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels and Gary Busey at Pop Culture Passionistas.