Geraldo Rivera makes it to ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ finale

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And then there were two.

Geraldo Rivera has made it to the finale of the seventh installment of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” where he’s won more than $700,000 for his charity, local nonprofit Life’s WORC.

It’s no surprise that the Fox News host is one of the final two, along with TV host Leeza Gibbons. Early on, he won big bucks for Life’s WORC — on the Jan. 12 episode as team leader Rivera raised $294,780, adding to hundred of thousands he had already earned for his charity.

Established 44 years ago by The Queens Courier newspaper publisher Victoria Schneps with help from Rivera, Life’s WORC provides services to some 1,400 people with developmental disabilities in eastern Queens, Nassau County and western Suffolk. The agency is based in Garden City.

Rivera is hoping to raise even more money for Life’s WORC and win the reality competition show on Feb. 16. The one left standing during that night’s live finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” will get a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.

The Feb. 9 episode — called “Then There Were Two” — kicked off with the narrowing down to the final contestants. Gibbons and Rivera were then give their last challenge — to produce a commercial and sell vacation packages for Universal Orlando Resort.

Fans will need to watch the two-hour finale to see them complete the challenge and present their commercial at a red carpet event in New York City. Trump will then fire one and declare the other the winner live.

Whether or not Rivera wins, Life’s WORC appreciates the money he has raised for the agency, which is planning a 10,000-square-foot building for its Family Center for Autism that is opening this spring, and the national recognition the show has given them.

Part of that recognition will include a short promotional video on Life’s WORC that will highlight the nonprofit and feature Courier publisher Victoria Schneps. The video is slated to air on the show’s final episode.

The Celebrity Apprentice” finale will air on Monday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. on NBC.



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