Newt Gingrich Says He'd Go on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

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The resurrection of Newt Gingrich -- who pummeled heretofore front-runner Mitt Romney in the Jan. 21 South Carolina Republican primary -- already is directing millions of dollars in local television advertising to Florida, the next GOP battleground on Jan. 31.

The former GOP presidential candidate has nothing but praise for the show's host and exec producer Donald Trump.

Newt Gingrich won't rule out competing on a reality show.

The former Republican presidential candidate told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he would compete on Donald Trump's NBC reality show The Celebrity Apprentice if asked.

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"Sure, why not?" Gingrich said on Wednesday's show, as quoted by Politico. "I've known the Donald, we've done fundraisers together. But look, I think Republicans would be so much better off and relaxed [to] go on shows like that and be interesting."

Trump has drawn ire over some of his more controversial comments, including his criticism of Barack Obama and long-running public questioning of whether the president is really a U.S. citizen.

But Gingrich and Ingraham -- who also said she'd go on the show -- had nothing but praise for Trump, who both hosts and executive produces Celebrity Apprentice, and the way he's able brand himself and make headlines.

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"Donald Trump is a phenomenon," Gingrich said. "Donald Trump has no meaning in American politics except that he is a billionaire who is interesting and who is very clever at getting in the news."

Incidentally, Gingrich wouldn't be the first politician to appear on Celebrity Apprentice. Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich also competed in 2010 but was fired in episode four.

The first-ever all-star edition of Celebrity Apprentice is currently airing at 9 p.m. Sundays on NBC.