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April 16, 2014

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Penn Jillette to compete on ‘All-Star Celebrity Apprentice’ for Opportunity Village

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Penn Jillette on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

After a strong showing in last year’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” that netted $40,000 for local charity Opportunity Village, Las Vegas-based entertainer Penn Jillette will be returning to the show for another chance to be “hired” by Donald Trump.

Jillette, half of the Penn and Teller duo, will compete in “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice,” a new season of the reality television show that will bring back some of the top contestants from seasons past, including rocker Bret Michaels, actor Stephen Baldwin and former basketball player Dennis Rodman.

Jillette finished seventh out of 18 contestants in last year’s competition, which was won by Arsenio Hall.

In the new season, which debuts in March, Jillette again will compete to earn money for Opportunity Village, a nonprofit that provides training and jobs to people with intellectual disabilities.

Jillette earned $40,000 for the charity last season and the Caesars Foundation donated an additional $250,000, equivalent to the show’s grand prize had Jillette won.

“Opportunity Village was Elvis' favorite charity and it sure is one of mine. I was so happy to help them out last season, that when Celebrity Apprentice asked me to come back for the All-Star season, the second yes I said was for my charity to be OV," Jillette said in a statement.

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