American Chopper’s Paul Sr. To Join Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice

American Chopper’s Paul Teutul, Sr. will join the 2012 cast of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, according to an announcement from NBC Entertainment.

This, as the expression goes, should be interesting.

Teutul is likely to be a strong competitor because — whether a fan or not — he’s an actual, real-life entrepreneur, someone who started with nothing and went on to create several working businesses as well as a TV franchise. His American Chopper series on Discovery has been a major cable TV hit and ended the season strongly with a three-way bike build-off between Jesse James, son Paul Jr. and himself. In the end, Paul Sr. and his Orange County Choppers finished a distant third in the motorcycle design contest with the winner being his son and PJD Designs

Teutul has also known his share of adversity, including an impoverished and difficult childhood, as a mortgage borrower who faced the foreclosure of his headquarters building by the lender, and as a father who has been publicly estranged from his sons Dan, Paul, Jr., and Mikey.

As much as his successes, it’s probably his faults and failures which make Teutul interesting — and human.

Each of the contestants vies not only for Trump’s adoration but also for a charity. Teutul will use his winnings to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization which provides grants to support the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.


Having Paul Sr. on Celebrity Apprentice raises several questions.

First, did the Celebrity Apprentice get the right Teutul? There’s an argument to be made that Paul Jr. would have been the better contestant because of his popularity and success.

Second, does the appearance on the Trump program signal that Paul Sr. will have a different role on the next edition of American Chopper; that is, will the program be more focused on his son? Will there be an expanded role for Jesse James or no role?

Third, which program benefits more — American Chopper or Celebrity Apprentice — from the appearance of Paul Sr?

Fourth, can anyone see a Trump cycle in the future? Even better, can anyone imagine Trump riding down Fifth Avenue on such a creation, hair blowing in the wind….

Fifth, what happens if Trump gets involved in a contentious political debate? How will that impact Celebrity Apprentice? Will there be higher instant ratings but less long-term appeal?


For the 2012 edition of the show, NBC Entertainment says the new cast will be the largest ever with 18 contestants waiting to hear who will be fired by Trump on each segment.

The men are: late-night legend Arsenio Hall, pop star Clay Aiken, radio host Adam Carolla, the “Incredible Hulk” Lou Ferrigno, magician/comedian Penn Jillette, rock star Dee Snider, actor George Takei, IndyCar legend Michael Andretti, and star of “American Chopper,” Paul Teutul, Sr.

The women are: supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, pop star Debbie Gibson, actress and multi-Grammy winner Tia Carrere, author and reality star Victoria Gotti, comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, former Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza, singer and actress Aubrey O’Day, actress and model Patricia Velasquez, and star of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Teresa Giudice.

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  1. Mrm says:

    You are so wrong biffula…….American Chopper is not over. It still holds the highest ratings on Discovery Channel and continues to show new episodes. Good lord, get your facts straight.

  2. biffula says:

    Hey Miller, there is no more American Chopper. The last one was the build-off between Sr., Jr. and Jesse James. There are rumors that Jr. may be getting his own show, but American Chopper is done for. Just like OCC will be within 2 years now that Sr. doesn’t have it to prop up his business.

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