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Bret Michaels Wins ‘Celebrity Apprentice 3’

The “Celebrity Apprentice 3” season finale began with the two teams led by Bret Michaels and Holly Robinson Peete trying to complete their tasks.  In the end, even though Bret Michaels looked a bit overwrought because of an approaching deadline and the camera equipment he needed to shoot his commercials for his ad campaign running late, both teams got their ad campaigns together and presented their products to be reviewed by Snapple.  But who would Donald Trump hire?  Who would walk away the winner of “Celebrity Apprentice”?

Bret Michaels, working for the American Diabetes Association, was in attendance in his jeans and everpresent bandana, even though he had some highly publicized medical problems in the past several weeks (most of the “Celebrity Apprentice” was filmed before Bret Michaels experienced his series of hospitalizations).  He had experienced a ‘warning stroke’ last week and had checked himself into a Los Angeles hospital after appearing on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Thursday.  He told TMZ on Saturday that he would be at the “Celebrity Apprentice” finale.

Holly Robinson Peete, working on behalf of her autism awareness and treatment foundation, HollyRod Foundation, appeared in a beautiful silver gown.  When asked if he thought it was fair that he get the sympathy vote, Bret Michaels said that he was going to concede that point until Holly Robinson Peete showed in that dress and played the “hotness card.”  He then said he would take the sympathy vote if he could get it.

Bret Michaels had never lost as project manager while on “Celebrity Apprentice.”  Holly Robinson Peete had, but she had also raised more money for her charity than anyone on the show — in the history of the show.  When Bill Rancic, the first “Apprentice” winner, and Joan Rivers, last season’s “Celebrity Apprentice” winner, were asked their opinion, Joan Rivers said sometimes you have to go with your heart, and the spirit and determination that Bret Michaels had shown just in being in the boardroom Sunday night suggested he deserved to win.  Bill Rancic reminded Joan Rivers that she had originally chosen Holly Robinson Peete, which she admitted, but she would not back down from her decision.

Snapple had noted that Holly Robinson Peete was someone they would like to have on their Board of Directors.  At the same time, Bret Michaels was their walking demographic — he “was” Snapple.

Donald Trump asked former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich what he thought.  With a very diplomatic answer, Blagojevich suggested that there was no way Trump could tell Bret Michaels he was fired.

After going over both the contestants attributes, after talking with all the team members, after listening to the advice of his advisors, Ivanka and Don Trump, and letting both Bret Michaels and Holly Robinson Peete give one last appeal as to why they deserved to be this season’s winner, Donald Trump made his decision.

And it looked like he was going to fire Bret Michaels.  He said, “Bret…”  He paused, then said, “You’re hired.”

It had been an amazing run for the rocker from obvious underdog to the winner.  And while waiting for the filmed season to end, the 47-year-old Poison frontman, had experienced an emergency appendectomy, a life-threatening subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, and a “warning stroke” in less than two months.  He said he was there to win.

He did.

In the end, both celebrity apprentices and their charities were winners.  Both the HollyRod Foundation and the American Diabetes Association received a $250,000 donation from Snapple.

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