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The All-Star Apprentice‘s finale aired on NBC Sunday night, and the ultimate ice cream showdown was appropriately a  split. While Donald Trump declared “Maple Macadamia Mashup” creator Trace Adkins the first-ever All-Star Celebrity Apprentice champion, Penn Jillette earned his charity a hundred thousand dollars from Walgreens for having the best-selling flavor — his “Vanilla Chocolate Magic Swirtle.”

Tied into their flavors, the two contestants presented their commercials during a star-studded ice cream social in which they took big dollar donations from their friends.

While Team Trace raked in big checks from the likes of country music stars like Billy Ray Cyrus, and Wynonna, and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, Jillette used his Sin City connections to attract money from Vegas performers like Wayne Newton, Blue Man Group, former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

In the end, it was revealed Jillette earned 503 thousand, 655 dollars, while Trace earned 664 thousand — however, donor Tim Tebow showed up past a deadline, meaning his 100 thousand dollar donation didn’t count towards Trace’s bottom line.

Both presentations also featured a live performance — magic from Penn & Teller, and music from Trace Adkins, playing his hit “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which he called the, “nastiest song ever heard at an ice cream social.” The country star also performed “Not Fade Away” featuring Gary Busey reprising his Oscar nominated role as Buddy Holly, and the competitors came together to play Adkins’ new single “Love Will” with Adkins on vocals, and Jillette on bass.

Trump gave Lil Jon a hundred thousand dollar check for his charity, the American Diabetes Association, in honor of the recording artist’s mother, who recently died from complications of the disease. The rapper was moved to tears behind his trademark giant sunglasses.

Trump also doled out 20 thousand checks to the respective charities for the stars who hadn’t won any money for them during the season, including Busey and Dennis Rodman.

In a tweet before the show’s finale aired, Trump hinted, “The cast for next season looks really good!”

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