Arsenio Comes Out on Top: Donald Trump said “I’ve never been so torn,” before announcing whether Arsenio Hall or Clay Aiken would be crowned this year’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Arsenio was announced the winner on the live broadcast on May 20. In the final “Apprentice” task--hrowing a charity
fundraiser--his team raised $167,100 for his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation. Clay raised $301,500 for his charity, the National Inclusion Project, a foundation he started for children with disabilities.
Before the announcement, Trump welcomed back nearly all of the fired star cast members to discuss how they’re doing and how they felt about the season. Lou Ferrigno announced that after having surgery six weeks ago, he can now, for the first time in his life, hear without a hearing aid. Aubrey O’Day apologized if anyone took anything she did or said throughout the season personally. Adam Carolla felt humor wasn’t a bonus on the show. “It helped about as much as it helps in golf or porn — not a lot.” And Penn Jilette, who had butted heads with Aiken throughout the season, said he thought Aiken should win. “He worked wicked hard.” Dee Snider and Debbie Gibson also said Clay should win the title. Lisa Lampanelli said she wanted Clay to win, but added that Arsenio deserves a late-night talk show. Dayana Mendoza and Teresa Giudice were rooting for Arsenio.
Unsettled: Even in death, actor Gary Coleman is involved in a messy situation. Since Coleman’s estate is still unsettled, his ex-wife has asked the judge to award her his fortune. According to the Associated Press, Shannon Price testified Monday in District Court in Provo, Utah that even though the two divorced in 2008 they continued to live together and presented themselves in public as married. But another woman, Anna Gray, says she is the rightful executor of his estate. In 2005, the late child star allegedly named her as beneficiary. She happened to manage Coleman’s affairs and was his ex-girlfriend. The “Diff’rent Strokes” actor died of a brain hemorrhage in 2010.
Nixed: Unfortunately, Martin Lawrence’s pilot he shot for CBS won’t get picked up by the net, reports Deadline. In February, CBS ordered a pilot of Lawrence’s project, a comedy about a single dad, who at 46 loses his construction job and embarks on a new career as a police offer. Former “Wonder Years” star Fred Savage had signed on to direct. The comedy would have marked Lawrence’s return to TV after the popular sitcom “Martin,” which aired for 5 seasons in the mid-’90s on Fox.
Briefly: Finally, André 3000 is set to star in “All Is by My Side,” the long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic, according to the Irish Film and Television Network. IFTN reports that the film is currently in preproduction in Wicklow, Ireland and that the shoot will last six weeks. Principal photography is expected to start in about three weeks in Dublin and Wicklow. The film will reportedly explore Hendrix’s early career, tracking his times spent in England in 1966 and 1967 crafting what would become his classic debut album, “Are You Experienced.”
Finally: Singer Montell Jordan is another celebrity on the IRS hit list. The performer is indebted to the government for a surprising $627,987.06 in back taxes for years 1999-2001, according to TMZ. A tax lien was filed against him in 2004, but he obviously didn’t pay up. So another was filed against him last month, but if this time if he doesn’t pay up, all his possessions are going to Uncle Sam. Jordan says he paid his bill years ago after he sold his music catalog. He claims that the money has been sitting in an account administered by a division of the U.S. Justice Department that oversees bankruptcy cases.
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