New Season Of “Celebrity Apprentice” Is Chockfull Of Gay Stars

"I’m my super-gay sassy self on the show."

Before Donald Trump is inaugurated president on January 20, a new season of the Celebrity Apprentice is coming to NBC. Now hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger—because politics is showbiz is politics—the series’ eighth season moves to L.A. for its January 2 premiere.

And two out celebrities are joining the Terminator: Singer Boy George and Drag Race judge Carson Kressley.


While George boasts he’s a “self made man” like the former governor,
Kressley promises he didn’t tone down his personality, declaring “I’m my super-gay sassy self on the show.”

We believe him: As shown on the trailer below, one challenge requires Kressley to strip naked and straddle a motorcycle.

Also competing are Wilson Phillips’ Carnie Wilson, SNL alum Jon Lovitz, rocker Vince Neil, NFLers Eric Dickerson and Ricky Williams, TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet, Real Housewives’ Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams, Big Morning Buzz co-host Carrie Keagan, boxer Laila Ali, WNBA player Lisa Leslie, comedian Matt Iseman, MMA fighter Chael Sonnen and MTV’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

Advising the new head of the Boardroom this season are investment guru Warren Buffett, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer; supermodel Tyra Banks, actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba and Schwarzenegger’s nephew, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger.

LGBT personalities have appeared on the show before, most notably Clay Aiken and George Takei, but none have ever won their season. The winner of Celebrity Apprentice earns a $250,000 donation to a charitable organization of their choice.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.