Jillette, Adkins scooping to win


It will be a clash of personalities on Sunday’s finale of “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice” — pitting Vegas star Penn Jillette against country singer Trace Adkins. Both are trying to sell the most ice cream.

So on Monday, Jillette dressed in an ice-cream suit and sold his creation — Vanilla & Chocolate Magic Swirtle — at a Walgreens on the Strip, with help from Teller, George Wallace, Blue Man Group, Taylor Hicks, Mac King and showgirls.

Meanwhile, Adkins posted a gargantuan pile of tweets and retweets (about 150) in an effort to sell his ice cream, Maple Macadamia Mash-Up.

Adkins has 208,000 Twitter followers, compared to Jillette’s nearly 2 million. But Adkins’ fans vowed to buy gallons upon gallons. One Adkins fan tweeted of his ice cream that she doesn’t “like nuts in my food but gonna buy it anyway & pick nuts out!”

Adkins told supporters in Nashville on Sunday that the “Apprentice” was “an exercise in restraint, really, just to try not to maul anybody,” according to USA Today.

“And,” Adkins grouched, “my one concern is that people will get the wrong impression from me that I’m very tolerant and start trying to push those buttons in a real-world situation, and somebody’s gonna get hurt. Because I’m really not like that.”

Yikes.

On the other hand, Jillette posted a photo of his kids at the Walgreens event. Walgreens will donate $100,000 to the charity of the winning ice cream.

If Jillette wins “Apprentice,” the Rio headliner will raise another quarter-million dollars for Opportunity Village. Adkins is playing for the Red Cross.

Jillette’s ice cream is vanilla with sea salt chocolate swirl and fudge caramel candy pieces.

SIGHTINGS

Tall pop star Ke$ha looked svelte Saturday at Hakkasan restaurant. She hosted a surprise birthday party for a creative director in a private room. ...

Delicate flower Shania Twain on Sunday ate a butter lettuce salad and sipped a bowl of tomato soup, accompanied by a friend, at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina in the Shops at Crystals. ...

Grew-up-too-fast actress Vanessa Hudgens lunched Sunday at MGM’s Wolfgang Puck’s. ...

UFC leader Dana White hung with friends at restaurant/club Lavo on Sunday, as did restaurateur Todd English. ...

Retired NBA great Karl Malone went to Exotics Racing over the weekend to take a ride along with a professional driver. ...

UFC fighter and Vegas resident Forrest Griffin dined Saturday with a friend at Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria; he manned-down a platter of food and margaritas. ...

Singer-we-know-too-much-about Lance Bass celebrated a friend’s birthday at Tao Asian bistro on Saturday night, taking down the wasabi-crusted filet mignon and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass, before partying in Tao nightclub.

Doug Elfman’s column appears Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.