Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bret Michaels Crowned as Third Winner of 'The Celebrity Apprentice'

Bret Michaels' determination to be present on the finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" despite his health condition has been paid off. On Sunday, May 23, the lead singer of rock band Poison was unraveled to be the winner of the third edition of the NBC's reality show where celebrities battle to become an apprentice to Donald Trump.

Walking with a limp, the 47-year-old rocker told Trump during the live part of the finale that his doctors has advised him not to travel to New York for the show. "It's been a rough go, but I'm glad I'm here," he said. Medical staff was on stand by to monitor Bret in case his condition takes a turn for the worse during the finale.

For the final task, Bret and competitor Holly Robinson Peete were told to create a new drink flavor for Snapple and come up with an advertising campaign. In the end, Trump revealed Bret beat out Peete as he "hired" the rocker. Along with his new "Celebrity Apprentice" crown, the reality star also won $250,000 for his charity of choice, the American Diabetes Association. Celebrity-Mania

Though Bret was the one taking the title, Peete didn't walk out empty handed. She was told during the finale that her charity, the HollyRod Foundation, is also receiving the same amount of money Bret's won to support those with autism. Bret's teammate for the final task, Darryl Strawberry, also received $25,000 for his foundation in reward to his triumphant return to the show.

Bret Michaels has suffered from a series of medical problems. Just days after being released from intensive care with a brain hemorrhage,he was readmitted to the hospital for what doctors call a "warning stroke". On Bret's current condition itself, a message posted on his official website on Thursday, May 20 uncovered that the singer suffered Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). It was also noted that he has a hole in his heart.

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