Arsenio Hall was named the winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” during its two-hour live season finale, becoming the first African American winner in the spin-off’s history.
The former talk-show host triumphed over “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, winning $250,000 with an additional $167,000, which he raised during the show for the Magic Johnson Foundation. “I’ve never been so torn,” said Donald Trump right before announcing the winner. “You’re both amazing people. There is no loser tonight.”
Arsenio sparked a heated rivalry with reality star and pop singer Aubrey O’Day during the show. On episode 7 which aired in April, Arsenio called out Aubrey for falsely taking credit for part of their project and for not being a cooperative team player. “Her whole personality is about Aubrey,” Arsenio exclaimed to Donald.
During an appearance on “The View,” Arsenio continued his feud with Aubrey claiming that she flashed pictures “a collection of different men she had been with.” Aubrey quickly responded to Arsenio’s accusations via Twitter saying, “just got off the phone with @Teresa_Guidice! We were cracking up at how desperate Arsenio is with his lying…I think he got my phone pics confused and his phone pics confused.”
Aubrey also responded to “slut” comments made by Arsenio in an exclusive interview with Celebuzz. “It was a really strong attack out of nowhere, kind of surprising,” Aubrey responded. “If you see for the most part, everybody takes jabs at each other, everyone has lost their cool, and everyone displays highs and lows through the competition and season of ‘The Apprentice.’ But I think that was a moment that, I don’t know, was wrapped up with other intentions that had nothing to do with the show.”
What will Arsenio do after the show? Perhaps return to television. “There was a moment where it was like seeing an old girlfriend I loved. I want a talk show again,” Arsenio said during his appearance to “The View.” Hall hosted “The Arsenio Hall Show” until its final show in 1994.
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