rod blagojevich celebrity apprentice Rod Blagojevich joins 'Celebrity Apprentice'Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying his hand at a new job — working for Donald Trump on “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

NBC held a press conference last October where they announced the participants and has now given the go-ahead to reveal the cast, which includes Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne and Cyndi Lauper.

Blagojevich attempted to take part in last summer’s “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” but when a judge barred him from traveling to Costa Rica for the show, his wife Patti went in his place.

Blagojevich is currently awaiting trial for charges of conspiring to auction off President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat and campaign fundraising abuses. He will be playing “Celebrity Apprentice” for the Children’s Cancer Center charity.

Blago told the Associated Press, “The conventional thinking among a lot of traditional lawyers is that
you simply don’t do these things, you don’t say anything, you hide
somewhere until you have your day in court,” but his reaction is “to fight back.”

Or he just wanted to hear “You’re fired” from someone other than the state of Illinois.

The other 10 contestants are: Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson, WWE model Maria Kanellis, comedian Carol Leifer, actress Holly Robinson Peete, Olympic swimmer Summer Sanders, comedian Sinbad, Australian TV chef Curtis Stone, and former baseball player Darryl Strawberry.

This season of the “Celebrity Apprentice” premieres March 14 on NBC.

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