By Gayle Thompson
Filed under: Exclusive, Country News, TV
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is still competing for a chance to win this season's "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice
," and the grand prize of $250,000 for his chosen charity, the American Red Cross. Yet, because his first appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008 was "stressful
" -- and ultimately resulted in his second-place finish to Piers Morgan -- the country superstar says it took his wife Rhonda's powers of persuasion for him to compete again.
"They had to go to Rhonda to get me to do it," Trace tells The Boot. "Chuck Labello is Vice-President of talent at NBC. I've known Chuck for a long long time. He used to book talent on Bill Maher's 'Politically Incorrect' show [which I did] many, many times, so I got to know Chuck pretty well. Then he moved over to NBC and started doing this thing. He called me and wanted me to be on 'Celebrity Apprentice' again, and I said, 'Dude, no thank you. I just barely survived the first one.' I told him no a couple times, and then he called Rhonda and she made me do it."