‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Episode Guide (Jan. 30): Leeza Gibbons Serves as Boardroom Advisor

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‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Episode Guide (Jan. 30): Leeza Gibbons Serves as Boardroom Advisor

“I’m Going Full Ballmer” (01/30/17) – The competition heats up this week as former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer serves as a boardroom advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

The teams have to create a high-energy presentation to promote the Clipper brand and fire up Clipper Nation during a halftime show, as well as designing a T-shirt for fans. While one celebrity contestant goes “full Ballmer” in their presentation and players on the opposing team hope a catchy tune will win over the crowd, another narrowly misses being terminated in the boardroom when they meet with Arnold and the advisors afterward.

Later, Emmy Award-winning TV host and last season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, Leeza Gibbons, joins Patrick as a boardroom advisor to Arnold as the teams are tasked with selling fitness equipment on QVC. Racing against the clock, they try to sell as many products as they can in the limited time before facing Arnold for a boardroom shocker.

Sixteen celebrities are set to compete for their favorite charities when “The Celebrity Apprentice” shifts to Los Angeles for its eighth season where twice-elected California governor and international movie superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger reigns over the boardroom.

Advising the new head of the boardroom this season will be world-class business minds, including investment guru Warren Buffett, one of the most successful businessmen in the world; former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer; Tyra Banks, a supermodel, TV host, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company and cosmetics brand, TYRA Beauty; actress, author and entrepreneur Jessica Alba, the founder and chief creative officer of the Honest Company and Honest Beauty; and Schwarzenegger’s trusted confidante and nephew, prominent entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

Additional boardroom advisors this season are healthy lifestyle crusader and James Beard award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, TV/film producer and “Extra” co-host Tracey Edmonds, digital influencer Justine ‘iJustine’ Ezarik, Emmy Award-winning TV host and previous winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice” Leeza Gibbons, Gemma Godfrey, the U.K.’s leading FinTech influencer and founder/CEO of online personal finance firm Moola, and Bob Harper, health and fitness expert, television star and three-time New York Times bestselling author.

The celebrity lineup is as follows:

– Laila Ali — the retired four-time boxing world champion and two-time hall of famer, TV host, author, health and wellness expert and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali

– Brooke Burke-Charvet — actress, host, entrepreneur, fitness expert and CEO of ModernMom.com

– Eric Dickerson — Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons

– Boy George — Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, lead vocalist for the pop band Culture Club, international DJ and a coach on the U.K. version of “The Voice,” as well as a top fashion designer and photographer

– Matt Iseman — “American Ninja Warrior” host, comedian, actor and licensed physician

– Carrie Keagan — Actress, producer, writer, entrepreneur and the former host of VH1’s Emmy Award-winning live morning talk show “Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan”

– Carson Kressley — Emmy Award-winning television star, celebrity stylist, author and fashion designer, as well as a successful horse show exhibitor who owns saddlebred horses

– Lisa Leslie — Naismith Hall of Famer, four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion who earned an MBA

– Jon Lovitz — comedian, film and television star and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member

– Vince Neil — lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe as well as eclectic businessman with interests in liquor, bars, restaurants, tattoo parlors along with clothing and retail

– Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi — Reality television star and New York Times bestselling author

– Kyle Richards — actress and star of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is a philanthropist who owns an innovative boutique concept in Beverly Hills

– Chael Sonnen — former UFC standout and mixed martial artist

– Porsha Williams – Co-host of nationally syndicated Dish Nation, star of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ entrepreneur.

– Ricky Williams — Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas, 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and ESPN sports analyst who was a running back for the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens

– Carnie Wilson — singer, television host and member of the pop music group Wilson Phillips.

New state-of-the-art headquarters in Silicon Beach — Southern California’s ever-growing technology hub — will house Schwarzenegger’s boardroom and the center of operations for the exciting and diverse line-up of business-savvy celebrities. Contestants will compete in challenging, business-driven tasks more focused than ever on technology and innovation, testing their ability to work together as a team while raising money and awareness for their favorite causes.

Each episode will conclude with a compelling boardroom showdown, as Schwarzenegger evaluates the performances of all of the players before deciding which team wins the challenge and who will be sent home.

Over the course of the series, “The Celebrity Apprentice” has raised more than $15 million for charity. This season’s winner will gain the coveted title of the Celebrity Apprentice and a $250,000 check to give to their designated charity.

“The New Celebrity Apprentice” is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).

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