It came down to Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, telling John Rich and actress Marlee Matlin that it was the closest finale in Celebrity Apprentice history before “The Donald” named John this year’s Celebrity Apprentice. John won $250,000 for his charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bringing his total for the hospital to over one million dollars. Click HERE to see our gallery of John’s Top Celebrity Apprentice Moments!
The finale picked up where the previous episode left off with John and Marlee preparing launch campaigns for 7UP Retro to present at a gala. John’s team included Lil John, Mark McGrath and Star Jones while Matlee had Richard Hatch, Meat Loaf and La Toya Jackson. Things of course did not go smoothly for either team, with John announcing his guest performer, Def Leppard, 20 minutes too early and Marlee almost losing her guest star, 1970′s 7UP commercial star Geoffrey Holder, because of a contractual issue, but in the end, they pulled things together and made their final cases for their charities of choice.
John made Apprentice history as the first ever apprentice to bring in additional money to the finale. John added an additional donation of $250,000 from Dollar General and Reckitt and another $25,000 from The Melting Pot, which was delivered to him during the final task.
“Today has been an unbelievable day!” John said. “I got Trump to put on a Stetson hat on national television and now I get to drive down to Memphis with a $250,000 check for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. This entire experience has been for the kids and I’m so excited to raise money for this cause and help save lives.”
John also performed his song “For the Kids,” the title track off his new SIX PAK album by the same name, during the finale. He’s continuing his fundraising efforts for St. Jude by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his new album, available exclusively at Dollar General stores and online at www.dollargeneralmusic.com, to the hospital.
“Thank you to Dollar General for the longtime support of St. Jude and for putting thousands of copies of my new release For The Kids in their stores,” said Rich. “Dollar General Rawks!”
The single “For the Kids” can be purchased on iTunes as well with a portion of those sales also going to St. Jude.