[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winner of Celebrity Apprentice. Read at your own risk.]
Clay Aiken: always the bridesmaid, never the bride on reality shows.
Nine years after finishing second to Ruben Studdard on American Idol, Aiken had to settle for the runner-up spot again on Sunday's Celebrity Apprentice finale when Donald Trump named Arsenio Hall the winner. Along with the title, Hall received the $250,000 prize for his charity, the Magic Johnson Foundation.
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Although Aiken outdrew Hall in the final fundraising challenge ($301,500 to $167,100), Trump was especially taken by the former late-night host's funnier PSA ad, which featured Magic Johnson himself.
"Arsenio Hall clearly demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a winner," Trump said in a statement. "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," Hall said. "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."
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Hall raised $522,100 throughout the season for the Magic Johnson Foundation, while Aiken collected $361,500 for The National Inclusion Project. The show's overall charity earnings for the season total $1,903,406.
What did you think of the finale? Did Trump make the right choice?