Already have an account?
Get back to the

Did the Right Person Win Celebrity Apprentice?

And Donald Trump's newest Celebrity Apprentice is…

Country crooner John Rich took top honors on Sunday's Celebrity Apprentice finale, beating out Marlee Matlin for this year's title and $250,000 for his favorite charity.

While the pair remained on a level playing field during the competition, Rich developed a slight edge when he raised additional funds for his charity, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, going into the final task, where he and Matlin had to conceptualize ad designs and host an event touting 7Up's retro campaign.

In the final challenge, Matlin — who showcased the 1970s by hosting a performance by the Harlem Globetrotters — strongly impressed Trump and 7Up executives by personally escorting them around the event. Rich, on the other hand, endured a few setbacks during his 80s-themed event, which featured a mini Def Leppard concert. In addition to keeping the audience waiting for the concert to begin, Rich failed to personally greet Trump at the start of his event, a key factor the judging panel didn't take lightly.

Related: PHOTOS: Remember these reality TV personalities?

One of Trump's advisors, his pregnant daughter Ivanka, thought the finale could have been anyone's game.

"It could have been a coin toss for who won," she told Us Weekly after Rich's win. "[John and Marlee] played the game so well, with such integrity [and] we didn't have a villain in the finals. It wasn't about gamesmanship. It was really just about heart and passion and fundraising and John Rich is very deserving of it, but Marlee really gave him a run."

Related: VIDEO: NeNe Leakes trashes Star Jones in vicious catfight

As Rich celebrates raising $1.3 million for St. Jude's, tell Us: Did the right contestant win Celebrity Apprentice?

By Allison Corneau for For more Channel Surfing, click here.

Did the right person win Celebrity Apprentice?

Did the right person win Celebrity Apprentice?

4141 Total Votes

In this article

Got a Tip form close button
Got a tip for US?
We're All Ears for Celebrity Buzz!