Everything You Need To Know About The New Celebrity Apprentice

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On January 2, NBC is taking us back inside the boardroom to watch some big name celebrities get fired. The new Celebrity Apprentice is returning and will be based in sunny California, as opposed to its native New York. The weather isn’t the reason for the move, though. According to E!, the contestants’ tasks will be “more focused than ever on technology and innovation.” It looks like Silicon Valley might make or break the competitions this season.

If you’ve been wondering why Arnold Schwarzenegger has been making fresh media rounds, you can rest assured that there isn’t another Terminator sequel in the works. In fact, he will be doing the firing this year as the show’s new host. You may have heard that the show’s former host, Donald Trump has a new job that imposes significant schedule and ethical barriers to his ability to continue with The Celebrity Apprentice. But Schwarzenegger, who was once an unqualified Republican lawmaker himself, will make a fine replacement.

Here’s everything else you need to know about the new Celebrity Apprentice.

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Trump’s involvement
When it was announced that Donald Trump would be retaining his executive producer credits for The Celebrity Apprentice, some people thought this meant that he would still be an onscreen presence on the upcoming season. Trump has used his formal communications channel, Twitter, to confirm that this is not true. Trump’s involvement in the show will be purely financial (earning a per-episode fee Variety placed at "in the low five-figures at a minimum"), and he will dedicate no time to the show. Which is good news, because as president he probably shouldn't have time for any side projects.
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The Advisers
"Unqualified" is not something you can say about the new batch of business-savvy advisers. We know why model-turned-mogul Tyra Banks won’t be making appearances on her rebooted America’s Next Top Model. She will be one of the advisers on Apprentice this season, instead. She will be joined by Jessica Alba, who secretly became a self-made boss while she took some time away from the camera. Because nepotism is often a strong side-effect of capitalism, it makes sense that Arnold’s nephew, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, was tapped to round out the advisers list with billionaires Warren Buffett and Steve Ballmer.
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The contestants
This season’s lineup of celebrity contestants is another mixed bag of famous folks from different backgrounds. From reality stars — there are two Housewives on this season — to rock legends, entertainers across genres are willing to work hard for a good cause. Here’s a full list of contestants.

Laila Ali (professional boxer and daughter of Muhammad Ali)
Brooke Burke-Charvet (ModernMom.com)
Eric Dickerson (NFL)
Boy George (Musical icon)
Matt Iseman (host of America Ninja Warrior)
Carrie Keagan (VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan)
Carson Kressley (Queer Eye)
Lisa Leslie (WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist)
Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live)
Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe)
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi (Jersey Shore)
Kyle Richards (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills)
Chael Sonnen (UFC fighter)
Porsha Williams (The Real Housewives of Atlanta)
Ricky Williams (sports analyst, ESPN)
Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips)