Arsenio Hall wins 'Celebrity Apprentice'

May 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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NEW YORK, May 21 (UPI) -- Comedian Arsenio Hall beat out singer Clay Aiken in the season finale of the business-themed competition series, "The Celebrity Apprentice," in New York.

In announcing the winner Sunday night, "Apprentice" judge and producer Donald Trump praised Hall for his management style and business acumen.

"Arsenio Hall clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner," Trump said. "As the new Celebrity Apprentice, he represents all the qualities necessary to follow through and come out on top with very significant winnings for his charity, Magic Johnson Foundation. Arsenio was smart and a good team player. He proved he had a winning strategy to make it through the grueling schedule. I congratulate him on his win -- Arsenio's a star all the way and clearly back on top."

"Allow me to begin by saying, 'Woof Woof Woof!' This has been an amazing experience," said Hall. "I can't wait to deliver this $250,000 check to my friend 'Erv' [Magic] for The Magic Johnson Foundation -- it's a dream to be able to support the important work they do on a daily basis and I am humbled to be able to contribute to their ongoing mission. Working with Mr. Trump and his incredible staff on 'The Celebrity Apprentice' has been an honor. And last but never least -- I want to congratulate my lil' brother Clay because tonight WE are both truly winners! Reality's Batman and Robin! I will always treasure that friendship."

Including the top prize, Hall raised a total of $522,100 throughout the show's season for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which helps people living with HIV and AIDS.

Hall, 56, is the first African-American star to win on the show, the New York Daily News said.

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