George Takei and Clay Aiken to be on Celebrity Apprentice
Openly gay stars will participate in Donald Trump's reality competition on NBC
Donald Trump came out very strongly against same-sex marriage during his flirtation with a presidential run last year. But that isn't stopping George Takei, one of the most famous married gay men in the world, from participating in the upcoming season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.
Also taking part in the reality competition – where celebrities compete to win prize money for their favorite charity – is openly gay singer Clay Aiken.
Takei married his longtime partner Brad Altman (pictured) in a high-profile ceremony in 2008 after 20 years together. The Star Trek icon is an outspoken LGBT activist who was particularly visible during California’s fight against Proposition 8.
Meanwhile, the three-times married Trump spoke against gay marriage during his brief GOP presidential run saying at one point: 'I just don’t feel good about it, I don’t feel right about it.'
High-profile straight ally Cyndi Lauper had just finished appearing on Celebrity Apprenticeto benefit her True Colors Fund when Trump took his anti-gay marriage stance.
'I went on Trump, he embraced me and my charity and then he turned around and nullified everything,' Lauper said in an interview last April. 'It broke my heart. I couldn’t believe it. It hurt my feelings so much.'
The show's 12th season will premiere on Feb. 12 and features at least three celebrities competing for LGBT charities: comedian Lisa Lampanelli for Gay Men's Health Crisis; 2008 Miss Universe Dayana Mendoz for Latino Commission on AIDS; and singer-actress-model Aubrey O'Day for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Rounding out the cast for the new season are radio and TV host Adam Carolla, magician Penn Jillette, Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider, car racing legend Michael Andretti,"American Chopper star Paul Teutul Sr., supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop singer Debbie Gibson, actress Tia Carrere, mob daughter Victoria Gotti, and model Patricia Velásquez.
'We have a major group of celebrities – a very iconic group,' Trump said at a cast unveiling this week. 'This is the best cast we've ever had. [It's] the biggest cast and it's going to be special.'