Bret Michaels cheated death itself to grasp victory on the third season finale of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice on Sunday night. The rocker and reality star was hired by money-grubbing mogul Donald Trump itle after creating a fun Snapple ad campaign in the season’s final challenge, besting actress Holly Robinson Peete (Can’t stand her!) and winning $250,000 for his charity of choice, The American Diabetes Association.
Peete’s charity — benefitting autism research — will receive the same cash prize, thanks to Apprentice sponsor Snapple.
Reigning Celebrity Apprentice winner Joan Rivers, who was a special guest on the finale, admitted she was impressed with Michaels’ spirit.
“Bret, you talk about no sick days… (He had) the determination to come back from death’s door. To say, ‘I’m gonna be here and this is where I have to be…’ I find this extraordinary.”
The victory comes at the end of a tough month for Bret. Michaels’ future in the competition had been in doubt since the Poison star suffered a brain hemorrhage last month. Then just last week, he began feeling numbness on the left side of his body and his face. Testing showed that Bret had suffered what doctors call a warning stroke. After the stroke added to the rocker’s laundry list of medical misfortunes, further testing also showed that Michaels has a hole in his heart, which will require surgery.