Donald Trump announces new, recession-affected 'Apprentice' cast
"I am very excited to have the civilian version of 'The Apprentice' back on the air this fall," Trump says, subtly pointing out that celebrities should never be mistaken for normal people. "The new edition will combine the realities of today's economic downturn with the grittiness, drama and excitement of the original series. Each of this season's 16 contestants has been hit hard by the economy and they are fighting back."
This may surprise you, but we haven't had a regular "Apprentice" since the economy took a toilet bath. The last run of the series concluded in April, 2007, so producers clearly had an especially large crop of candidate to choose from.
Here's a quick rundown of who's on board, and for photos, check out the "Apprentice" Season 10 gallery:
Hometown: Miami, FL
Career: Unemployed real estate agent and title-holder of "Miss Cougar California"
Kelly Smith Beaty
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Career: Unemployed public relations professional
Hometown: Richmond, CA
Career: Recent college graduate
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Career: Non-profit founder
Hometown: Palos Verdes, CA
Career: Unemployed attorney
Hometown: Santa Ynez, CA
Career: Truck driver and unemployed mechanical engineer.
Hometown: Wylie, Texas)
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Hometown: Portage, MI
Career: Unemployed account manager and part-time stand-up comedian
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Career: Corporate attorney turned cupcake entrepreneur
Hometown: Washington, DC
Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX
Career: Entrepreneur and part-time aerobics instructor
Hometown: Austin, TX
Career: Unemployed accountant and real estate attorney
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Career: Assistant District Attorney and online TV host
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Hometown: New York, NY
Career: Unemployed attorney and volunteer
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