Every time I turned on Celebrity Apprentice, I couldn't wait to see what the challenges would be, laugh at celebrities embarrassing themselves, and guiltily try to decide whether to root for the best charity or the best celebrity. The only negative would be the boardroom scenes, when I had to watch Donald Trump pretend to be important. That struggle might not exist anymore, as NBC is trying to find a replacement host for the show.
After Trump's presidential announcement and offensive statements about Mexicans, NBCUniversal cut all ties with the TV star, meaning the corporation and the racist will no longer partner for the Miss Universe pageant, the Miss USA pageant, or Celebrity Apprentice. The "Donald Trump, you're fired" jokes are just too easy at this point.
According to Breitbart, NBC is seriously considering a minority host to replace Trump, as a way to make a statement about racial diversity. Although I question the entertainment conglomerate for deciding to work with Trump in the first place, this is actually a pretty good idea. There are so many entertainment figures who would do a great job of shaming celebrities from an enormous leather chair. In celebration of a newer, better Celebrity Apprentice, here are 10 people who should audition right away. Because anything's better than Trump.
Ansari is absolutely nothing like Trump, and that's probably a good thing. His comedy is best when he gets to be himself, so reality TV hosting could be fantastic for him in between stand-up tours. He could bring his swagger and adorable suits to the role, as he judges who throws the best marketing party.
Celebrities might not even realize they'd been fired with Thompson saying it. They'd probably just burst out laughing at his hilarious facial expressions.
Yvette Nicole Brown
Brown would bring some needed energy and life to the Celebrity Apprentice hosting gig. I imagine the Community star sweetly encouraging contestants to raise as much money as they can for charity.
Every season of Celebrity Apprentice seems to have at least one real housewife. Why not let one host the show? The funniest housewife TV star by a long shot, Parks is a successful businesswoman who could do wonders for NBC's ratings.
Although it would likely mean the tragic end of The Mindy Project, Kaling would definitely be qualified to boss everyone around in the boardroom. And who can forget her performance as The Office's Kelly Kapoor, the self-proclaimed "business bitch?"
Another Parks and Recreation vet, Retta should host Celebrity Apprentice for the next stage of her career. Her years playing the brazen Donna Meagle would give her authority to break up whatever drama ignited.
A warm host, Lopez would certainly make competitors feel good about being fired. He'd remind them that they have wonderful B-list careers waiting for them.
I firmly believe that Rudolph could do a bang-up job at any entertainment opportunity she wanted to pursue. I'd probably even vote for her for president.
Honestly, hosting something like Celebrity Apprentice would probably just be a hobby for Oprah, but I really miss seeing her host a show! She's also likely one of the only people wealthy enough to bankroll it. Trump would sometimes give $20,000 to a losing contestant because he or she asked nicely.
Because nobody really watches America's Next Top Model anymore, Banks should just transition to The Apprentice. She's probably more qualified than anyone, because she attended classes at Harvard Business School and has more than 20 years of experience being a cocky reality TV host. I'd put up with crazy poses and longing stories from her prime supermodel days if I never have to see Trump furiously point at anyone again.
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