'Apprentice' Hires Simple Plan, New Found Glory

By | March 10, 2005 at 12:00 AM

New York – It’s not the lineup for an awards show or a tsunami relief concert. It’s the list of guest stars on Thursday’s episode of “The Apprentice.”

Lil’ Kim, Eve, Fat Joe, Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Gene Simmons, Lil’ John, Simple Plan, New Found Glory and Jadakiss were solicited by the 10 remaining candidates on Donald Trump’s reality show to donate and auction off a personal experience live on Fuse.

“It was funny to watch them come in with very limited viewpoints about being a VJ and try to pull it off,” said Fuse video jockey Steven Smith.

Smith, who was once made over on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” helped the street smarts Net Worth team tackle on-air VJ duties, interacting with Simple Plan, Barenaked Ladies and Simmons live. He said the suit-clad Apprentices were out of their element mingling with rock stars.

“It was literally three generations of rock,” said Smith. “You’ve got Simple Plan, who are babies out of the gate; Barenaked Ladies, who’ve been doing it for awhile and have a great sense of humor; and then you got Gene Simmons, who started recording around the time Robert Johnson did.”

The auction, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, was broadcast as part of Fuse’s “Daily Download” program. Smith was most dazzled by 37-year-old Net Worth team member Tana Goertz, who tackled hip-hop lingo.

“She was just killing me,” said Smith. “She was hilarious talking in a faux-Snoop Dogg-izzle. She just went for it. It tickled me pink.”

Smith wasn’t the only one tickled. He said Kiss frontman Simmons “licked his finger and stuck it in the ear” of one of the female Magna team members. Gene, you’re fired.

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