Leeza Gibbons wins Celebrity Apprentice, beating out Geraldo Rivera. The talk show host,best known as a correspondent and co-host for Entertainment Tonight was chosen by Donald Trump on the Reality Show Monday night’s seventh season finale which was at the New York City Trump Tower.
Television personality and best-selling author Gibbons and talk show host Rivera were tasked with creating a 90-second commercial for Universal Resorts and selling 10 vacation packages for as much money as they could. Gibbons asked her pal Olivia Newton-John to help with the event and raised $324,000. Rivera made $146,000.
Trump said of the season: “We had an incredible season and an incredible set of players this year. However out of the 16 contestants Leeza clearly demonstrated that she had the ultimate skills necessary to be called the next Celebrity Apprentice.
“The Celebrity Apprentice has proven time and time again to be the toughest reality show on television today. Leeza was able to win $714,000 for her charity, Leeza’s Care Connection. I congratulate Leeza on her win and welcome her as the second woman to the elite group of winners including Piers Morgan, Joan Rivers, Bret Michaels, John Rich, Arsenio Hall and Trace Adkins. I’d also like to congratulate Geraldo on his tremendous effort and impressive game play.”
Gibbons, winnings will go to her favorite charity, called Care Connection is an organization dedicated to those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
She said of her charity:
“My goal was simple to show the kind of strength my mother had as she battled Alzheimer’s disease and to honor those families who are care-giving. I hope I did. With my winnings from the show, Donald Trump has made it possible for me to open a new Leeza’s Care Connection in my hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.