John Rich Wins Celebrity Apprentice
Posted on Mon May 23, 2011 09:00 AM PDT

jrichwinner.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - In a drama-filled season sparked by rivalries, Donald Trump was able to find a winner for this season's NBC Celebrity Apprentice winner: John Rich.

The final challenge on Sunday night involved promoting a brand of soda and John Rich and Marlee Matlin paired up to perform the song, For the Kids. While Rich sang, Matlin, who is deaf, signed the lyrics.

Then came the highly-anticipated announcement. Trump chose Rich, the singer of the music group Big & Rich, earning quarter-million dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Matlin chose to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

The majority of the season's contestants returned for the live finale, but Richard Hatch, who's back in jail for tax evasion, was not able to attend.

Although Trump chose the country star, he did not fire the Academy Award winner, Matlin.