TV Tonight is hearing whispers that Nine is exploring the possibility of an All-Stars version of Celebrity Apprentice.
The show is currently in its third celeb-incarnation (there was one non-celeb version before that) with previous seasons won by Julia Morris and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson.
The first season was the show’s biggest success, thanks largely to Nine stripping it at 7pm and the casting of Deni Hines and Pauline Hanson. If Nine does proceed with an All-Stars version it would be nothing without Hines.
But Celebrity Apprentice impacted on Hines’ reputation with such brute force (she has 62 followers on Twitter) that it could be almost impossible to persuade her to return. Then again, maybe it could be an opportunity to redeem herself.
Personally, I’d still like to see a non-Celeb version. I think audiences love to get to know new heroes and villains. My Kitchen Rules knows pulled numbers of over two million each night by exploiting this.
When asked about the likelihood of an All-Stars version, Nine declined to comment….
Meanwhile Stephanie Rice’s manager Titus Day has told News Limited Roxy Jacenko is waging a publicity war against his client.
“But we are getting legal advice to stop the media campaign she is running against Steph which we believe has crossed the line into defamation.”