It came down to American Idol contestant Clay Aiken and ‘90s talk show host Arsenio Hall during the final challenge on season 5 of Celebrity Apprentice but when all was said and done, Arsenio came out on top as the winner.

Last night, the competitors, who have become good friends since appearing on the show together, had to put together a variety show and throw a party to benefit their respective charities with the help of the formerCelebrity Apprentice contestants. Although Clay actually raised almost twice as much as Arsenio during the challenge—$301,500 versus $167,100—the men were judged on more than the money. The party, PSA, and the variety show all went into the final choice and according to the Donald, Arsenio’s PSA was much more entertaining, though it was still a tough call.

“I’ve never been so torn,” Trump said before announcing Arsenio as the winner. “This is a very, very tough decision. You’re both amazing people. There is no loser tonight.”

When the announcement was made, the 56-year-old comedian didn’t do his customary fist pump, instead he put his head down on the table then raised his hand to the sky. I guess you can consider that a half pump without the “Whoo Whoo Whoo!” sound effects. It’s no secret Arsenio’s been wishing fo

r another crack at a TV show since he landed the gig on Apprentice. This win might secure his chance.

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  • The Apprentice lost flavor once it started featuring celebrities!!! Feature regular people.

  • Val

    Big yawn…..

  • I am glad he won and that this show has given him extra exposure. I would really like to see him regularly on television again. He was on The View last week and I could not stop laughing. The people in the dog pound say, let it be so Arsenio.

  • Maat

    Yeah…I wish he would make a comeback. People don’t give him a lot of credit for having a successful night show in the 90’s. I hope we see more of him.

  • He broke a lot of barriers on his show in the 90’s. I would love to see him back on TV regularly.