Arsenio Hall, the 56 year-old comedian and former 90's talk show host, has beaten "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken on this season's installment of "Celebrity Apprentice". Aiken, who was hoping to cast off the annoying, ever-present "second best" title by claiming the top spot, ultimately had his hopes and dreams for such a reality destroyed with the utterance of one famous sentence: "You're fired."
"Arsenio worked hard and he did a great job and that's why he won," controversial host Donald Trump explained after the finale. The show played out in front of a live studio audience, which included Aiken's own mother.
"My mother's here tonight and she's already sat through me losing once," the "American Idol" runner-up said before the decision was handed down. "I feel like the last task was a comprehensive exam that we excelled at."
Unfortunately for Aiken, it was Hall who came out on top of the game. In addition to the money he raised during the charity-driven variety show the contestants were charged with staging, Hall will receive an additional $250,000 for The Magic Johnson Foundation.
"I want to be No. 1. We've heard about Idol many times," Hall said, "but when I was battling Johnny Carson [in the TV ratings] I was No. 2, when I entered a magic contest as a kid I was No. 2. I need to be No. 1!"
Naturally, not everyone thought that Hall should have won "Celebrity Apprentice", may of whom are devoted Claymates. You can have a look at some Twitter reactions to the show's finale by investigating the posts you see nestled below
Loving the Celebrity Apprentice finale! May the best power-bottom win!!
Donald Trump picked the wrong winner on Celebrity Apprentice last night. It should have been Clay Aiken.
@ArsenioOFFICIAL for winning " NBC Celebrity Apprentice"! Next up, its time to bring u back to Late night TV!
Arsenio Hall won Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice on behalf of the Magic Johnson Foundation. Congrats to him. That's awesome!
"Celebrity Apprentice" is Trumped up. Arsenio Hall will "win" so Trump can claim he's no longer a racist.
Hopefully, winning the Celebrity Apprentice will be exactly what Arsenio needs to start making Chunky A albums again.
#CelebrityApprentice finale last night? Am I the only one who thinks Trump chose the wrong Celebrity Apprentice?
Congrats to Arsenio Hall for winning Celebrity Apprentice. A smart, down-to-earth and warm person, with a big heart. A true champion.
Am I the only one finding this Daily News headline funny? "‘Celebrity Apprentice’ final recap: Arsenio Hall tops Clay Aiken"