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Photos: Penn in, Omarosa out on ‘Apprentice’; duo to team up for Opportunity Village


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Lisa Rinna, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey and Penn Jillette on Episode 5 of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

'All-Star Celebrity Apprentice': Episode 5

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Finally, reality TV villain Omarosa got what was coming to her on “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday night. Hotel mogul Donald Trump fired her, and that meant our Rio headliner Penn Jillette was safe again to continue in his quest to raise funds for our beloved charity Opportunity Village.

In the boardroom, The Donald heaped praise on the fiery, combative and confrontational contestant. “Omarosa, I adore you,” he told her. “We’ve had tremendous success together. You helped make ‘The Apprentice.’ You helped make me a star, but you’re fired!”

This Saturday, Omarosa, who appeared in Season 1 of “The Apprentice” in 2004, will team up with Penn at the Opportunity Village Celebrity Poker Tournament at 1 p.m. in the Caesars Palace Poker Room. I’ll be there to kick off the star-studded event and scream, “Cards in the air!”

First, though, Omarosa will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now” show Tuesday night. She’ll tell the emotional, heart-breaking story of her journey from the unknown to overnight fame as one of the greatest TV villains of all time -- and then losing the love of her life.

Omarosa, who now does missionary work in Africa, managed to get actor Michael Clarke Duncan breathing again after his heart stopped. But he still died last September after a two-month fight to recover.

In Sunday night’s episode, Penn brought in his Monte Carlo headliner friends Blue Man Group to help raise funds by creating original artwork. They came up with the idea of folding $100 bills into triangles buried inside Jell-O shapes.

In next week’s episode, “How Do You Spell Melania?” (Donald’s model wife), the competing teams have to win her blessing with an advertising and marketing campaign to sell her new skincare line. All we know is that Penn once again is possibly on the firing line.

Meantime, The Donald’s NBC show continues to do well in the ratings, although numbers are down from previous seasons. Last night, nearly 5 million viewers tuned in Easter Sunday to make it the top show among all key demos at 10 p.m.

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