Television executives want George Clooney’s wife, Amal Clooney, 37, to front “The Celebrity Apprentice.” The human rights lawyer tops a list of dream candidates to take over from Donald Trump as host of the NBC prime-time show.
Other “powerhouse” female candidates mentioned for the job include Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and “Fantastic Four” actress Jessica Alba, who runs a billion-dollar household products empire.
Bosses at NBC fired Trump after he made incendiary remarks about Mexican immigrants in June during the announcement of his candidacy for president, Hello reported.
The network wants to hire a high-profile woman who would command as much attention in the boardroom as on the red carpet. The executives believe human rights barrister Amal fits the bill perfectly. “As well as the cachet of being married to George, she is also a highly respected figure in her field and, since she rarely says anything in public, there is still something of an air of mystery to her,” an executive said.
He added that she would be a perfect fit if her schedule could be made to dovetail with the show's shooting requirements.
According to close friends of the couple, Rande Gerber and his supermodel wife Cindy Crawford, the idea of filming mainly in New York, where she is a visiting professor at Columbia Law School, would appeal to Amal. Crawford and Gerber reportedly are encouraging the British-Lebanese beauty to “go for it.”
"The Celebrity Apprentice," which now averages more than 7 million viewers but has registered as many as 11 million, features famous contestants who, instead of competing for a job, battle to raise the most money for charity. Winners have included Britain’s Piers Morgan and the late Joan Rivers.
“The show would be a perfect vehicle to launch Amal into an upscale on-screen career that could completely elevate her profile in the United States,” said Los Angeles-based media analyst Mike Raia.