Former Georgia House representative and U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich told radio host Laura Ingraham earlier this week that he'd be willing to join "Celebrity Apprentice," hosted by Donald Trump.
"I’ve known the Donald, we’ve done fundraisers together," Gingrich told Ingraham, heard locally from noon to 2 p.m. daily on 1160/WCFO-AM . "I think Republicans would be so much better off to relax and go on shows like that and be interesting."
UPDATE: March 7, 2013, 5:25 p.m.: Trump, through his assistant, gave me a somewhat fatuous quote: "I would love to have him on the show. The only problem is, Newt would win so easily that the show would not have suspense."
"Celebrity Apprentice" usually features athletes, actors, models and singers but Trump has cast one disgraced politician: Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois Democratic governor who is now serving a 14-year sentence for soliciting bribes for political appointments. Blagojevich was the fourth person eliminated in 2010, the second season of "Celebrity Apprentice" and ended up not raising any money for his charity of choice, Children's Cancer Center.
The question is: will NBC bring back "Celebrity Apprentice" for 2014? The show this past Sunday, an all-star edition featuring past performers such as Bret Michaels, Gary Busey and Atlanta's Lil Jon, opened to its worst ratings in its 13 seasons (including several non-celebrity versions): 5.1 million viewers.
I left a message with the NBC "Apprentice" spokeswoman to see if she can get a response from Trump. I'll update this when I get something because Trump I'm sure will want to say something about this.