Clay Aiken’s getting very good at being second best.
(Ooops… spoiler alert. But then again, does anyone really DVR “Celebrity Apprentice?”)
Finalists Arsenio Hall and Clay Aiken battled it out one last time Sunday on the C-list business competition show. But in the end, Hall came out on top.
“It’s going to be a tough decision,” Donald Trump began the episode with.
In the epic finale, Trump brought back all the previous cast members that had been let go throughout the season. With the pressure off, they opened up. Aubrey O’Day apologized for more or less being a raging “b-” and Adam Carolla said his profane humor didn’t really help get things done. (Big surprise there.)
"It helped about as much as it helps in golf or porn — not a lot," said Carolla.
It seemed like everyone was in favor of Clay taking home the $250,000 check for his charity. Only Dayana Mendoza and Terea Giudance wanted Arsenio to win. Even Penn Jilette, who had previously clashed with Clay, was rooting for the almost “American Idol” winner. Was this really Clay’s chance to redeem himself after falling short to Ruben Studdard in 2003?
By far the biggest Clay supporter was Clay himself.
"I've been a runner-up before. I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Aiken.
The contestants’ final task was to do some charity fundraising. Clay blew Arsenio out of the water in a big way. He earned $301,500 for his children with disabilities program, the National Inclusion Project, where Arsenio only raised $167,100 for the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Still, Clay couldn't shake the second place slump.
After professing how proud he was – “blah, blah, blah…” – Trump crowned Arsenio the winner and Clay went home to cry in his pillow all night.