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‘Celebrity Apprentice’ 2012: And the Winner Is…

Celebrity Apprentice Finale
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The latest season of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice‘ came down to two contestants who couldn’t seem more different: actor/comedian Arsenio Hall and former ‘American Idol’ contestant Clay Aiken. Who got the final approval from Donald Trump? Find out after the jump!

The finale found Hall and Aiken each racing to produce a celebrity variety show and film a thirty second PSA for the charity of their choice. Hall (along with his team of¬†Adam Corolla, Lisa Lampanelli, Paul Teutel Sr., and Teresa Giudice) put together a comedy show and raised $350,000 for the Magic Johnson Foundation. Aiken (teamed with¬†Penn Jillette, Debbie Gibson, Dee Snider, and Aubrey O’Day) went with a carnival theme. Clay was able to bring in almost twice as much money as Hall on the final challenge, but Hall had a previously unblemished record as a project manager.

Donald Trump said it was the hardest ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ decision he ever had to make (doesn’t he say that every year) and noted that no matter who won, it would be historic. Either Arsenio would be the first African-American winner or Clay would be the first gay winner.

Ultimately, it was Hall who won the day, but there was no love lost between him and Aiken, who joined him to perform “Lean on Me.” Yes, Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken performed a duet of “Lean on Me” on TV last night with the backing of a gospel choir.

With his newfound power, perhaps Hall can toss Aiken a job. There’s probably a position in a mail room somewhere…

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