Confirmed contestants also include Debbie Gibson, Dayana Mendoza, Penn Jillette and Dee Snider
Would Teresa Giudice have the guts to flip a table on Victoria Gotti? Can supermodel Cheryl Tiegs outlast former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, who is four decades her junior? Who’ll face the music first – Clay Aiken or Debbie Gibson?
Those are just a few of the mouth-watering matchups expected on the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice, premiering Feb. 12 on NBC. PEOPLE confirmed several of the contestants back in October, but the cast was officially revealed Wednesday.
“I just think we have a major group of celebrities, and we have a very iconic group,” says the show’s host, Donald Trump. “This is the best cast we’ve ever had, the biggest cast, and it’s going to be special.”
Rounding out the group of 18 are former Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, singers Aubrey O’Day and Tia Carrere, model Patricia Velasquez, comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Arsenio Hall and Adam Carolla, George Takei (Star Trek), magician Penn Jillette, Paul Teutul Sr. (American Chopper), racecar driver Michael Andretti and rocker Dee Snider.
“We’ve never seen such a smart and funny group as this year’s lineup of celebrities,” executive producer Mark Burnett said of the upcoming season.
Trump joked on Wednesday’s Today show that, in light of her background (her father was Mob boss John Gotti), it might be difficult telling Victoria Gotti, “You’re fired!”