Bret Michaels Makes "Celebrity Apprentice" Finale
Rock star Bret Michaels, competing to benefit the American Diabetes Association, has advanced to the live season finale of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, which will air on Sunday, May 23. Michaels, who was hospitalized in April with a brain hemorrhage, will also appear Wednesday on The Oprah Show and resume a suspended musical tour late this month.
Michaels, 47, who has had type 1 diabetes since he was 6 years old, is scheduled to take on the other Apprentice finalist, actress and author Holly Robinson Peete, in a live debate. If he is selected as the winner by host Donald Trump, Michaels will receive $250,000 for ADA. He already has won $140,000 for the Association on the show. ADA will also receive half of the funds raised through NBC's online auction of this season's Apprentice memorabilia, including photos of the New York City skyline taken by Michaels and autographed by Michaels, Peete, and other contestants. The online auction ends May 24.
He is slated to pick up his "Roses and Thorns" tour schedule again with a May 28 show in Biloxi, Miss. His new album, Custom Built, is due out in June, and he is to begin touring next month with the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Michaels, the lead singer for the glam band Poison, was hospitalized April 22 after having a severe headache that turned out to be a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He was released May 4 from Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The cause of the bleeding is still unknown, but doctors expect Michaels to make a complete recovery. Neurologist Joseph Zabramski, MD, credited Michaels with excellent management of his diabetes and said that was probably responsible for warding off other potential complications from the hemorrhage.