NBC is promoting season five of Celebrity Apprentice as the “toughest season yet,” and we can kind of see why. I mean, who would want to mess with the likes of George Takei, Clay Aiken and Debbie/Deborah Gibson?
Oh, wait, there are also a couple of intimidating folks here: Victoria Gotti, Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice and American Chopper’s Paul Teutul Sr. Not only do they know their way around reality TV, but they also probably know a guy. And Lou Ferrigno may not be the Hulk anymore, but we wouldn’t test him. Also, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza was once kidnapped in Venezuela, so running a business or five should be a piece of cake, right?
Also competing for the chance to win back their fame, er, win $250,000 for the charity of their choice are a slew of “Where have they been?” folks: Aubrey O’Day, Arsenio Hall, Tia Carrere, Adam Carolla and Cheryl Tiegs. Magician Penn Jillette, racecar driver Michael Andretti, actress Patricia Velasquez comedian Lisa Lampanelli and the always-entertaining rocker Dee Snyder round out the cast.
“It’s amazing the abuse they take and the kind of work they put in,” Donald Trump told The Hollywood Reporter. Well, that remains to be seen, Donald. I mean, what counts as “amazing” for reality TV these days?
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Pop star du jour Lady Gaga continued her crusade for marriage equality this weekend in Washington DC. She spoke at the National Equality March before roughly 250,000 LGBT activists and straight allies. During her passionate address, she stated that speaking at the march was the single most important moment in her career. While her speech was mostly poised and poignant, her trademark Gaga outrageousness surfaced at one point, as she screamed “ARE YOU LISTENING?!?” to President Obama. A source that was in the midst of the crowd on the Mall said she had the otherwise-rowdy crowd captivated in silence as she spoke. You go Gaga! [Photo: Splash New Online]
The quest for marriage equality was nationwide yesterday as celebrities Sophia Bush, Emmy Rossum, Perez Hilton, Kelly Osbourne and others marched in West Hollywood to protest Prop 8.
See photos from both events below.
Check out Gaga’s speech after the jump.
George Takei has been on UK reality show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here for a few days now, and so far has impressed the public with his cool, calm elder-statesman-like behaviour, even as the jungle is drenched in torrential downpours. But he’s now found himself the subject of an embarrassing pee-pee gaffe. Naughty George took a leak in the middle of the night inside the camp, which is banned as it can attract rodents. Ugh.
“I tell all the celebrities not to pee in the camp, but someone always disobeys. Rats love human urine and they are extremely attracted to it. They will come in and gather around the pee, which then attracts snakes who feast on the rats. It’s one of the worst things the contestants can do,” on-set medic Bob McCarron tells the Daily Mail.
Hey, is age not a factor in this humiliating revelation? He’s 71, FFS! Perhaps it was a little, uh, difficult for him to keep it in. Ahem. Now we’re going to stop talking about the urological habits of a pensioner, as frankly, it’s a little disquieting.
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November in the UK: it’s cold, it gets dark about 4pm and we don’t even have Thanksgiving to look forward to. Instead, we have the annual humiliation-fest of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! where a number of desperate stars are flung into the Australian jungle for two weeks and have to perform fairly revolting tasks, usually involving eating animals’ dangly bits, to win food for the group. It’s TV gold, of course. Amongst the motley bunch of ex-pop stars, soap stars and former MPs that you will have never heard of (and ex-tennis champ Martina Navratilova), are usually a couple of maverick (sorry) US stars. We’ve had Janice Dickinson, David Gest, Huggy Bear from Starsky and Hutch on past years…and now we’ve got Sulu from Star Trek. Yes, George Takei will be the show’s oldest ever contestant and reckons it’s going to be a cakewalk.
“I’m physically fit. I used to run marathons, now I work out every day. I’m Japanese and love sushi. I’ve even eaten live fish. It was delicious.”
He’s clearly ready for anything. We’ll of course keep you updated with any career enlivening/destroying antics that pass as entertainment for the British public.
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Two years after George Takei and William Shatner laughed it up at the latter’s Comedy Central Roast, the Star Trek vets are having an interplanetary squabble over whether Takei invited Shatner to his recent wedding, which will be declared invalid if California’s Proposition 8 is passed. Shatner kicked off the beef by releasing a surprise interview with his daughter Tuesday, where he chalked Takei’s invite snub up to Mr. Sulu’s “psychosis.”
You think their might have been an epiphany where George would say, ‘Poor Bill Shatner…I wish him well’ but instead makes this big deal about not inviting me to his wedding! What kind of sickness is going on in the man? There must be something inside him that’s festering.
When asked about the hubbub by Entertainment Tonight, Takei denied not inviting Shatner, and claimed that Shatner has avoided every big Star Trek get together, including the funeral of show creator Gene Roddenberry. “His ranting and raving is just silliness. What’s really important to us now is Proposition 8.”
Both video interviews after the jump.
Captain, lovers off the starboard bow! George Takei—Star Trek‘s beloved Mr. Sulu—married Brad Altman, his partner of 21 years, in a Buddhist ceremony on Saturday, followed by a reception at the Japanese American National Museum. The couple, who announced their plans to wed when the California supreme court legalized gay marriage, made their entrance to “One” from A Chorus Line. “We have a relationship that’s been stronger and longer lived than some of our straight friends, and yet we were not equal,” said Takei. What this does is give us that dignity.”
Your eyes don’t deceive you—that is indeed Chekov and Uhura walking behind the happy couple. Walter Koenig was the best man at the ceremony, with Nichelle Nichols serving as maid of honor. Live long and prosper, you two. [Telegraph]