Arnold Schwarzenegger is apparently not returning to “Celebrity Apprentice” as host, according to a recent report from Empire magazine. He cited President Donald Trump’s involvement with the project as the reason.
“I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity,” Schwarzenegger told the publication. “But under the circumstances I don’t want to do it again.”
The actor and former governor said the decision had nothing do with the show, but rather the people who came up to him and said they wouldn’t watch because of Trump.
“Everyone I ran into came up to me and said ‘I love the show ... but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump’s name, I’m outta there!’”
As of Jan. 3, Donald Trump was still involved with the show in part as an executive producer.
Schwarzenegger also said that “even if asked [to do it again]” he would decline, emphasizing the finality of his exit.
“With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division.”
Just a month earlier, President Trump asked attendees of the National Prayer Breakfast to pray for Schwarzenegger and the show, claiming ratings “went down the tubes” after Arnold took up the hosting gig. Schwarzenegger quickly fired back on social media, suggesting they try switching jobs.
Perhaps now with his free time, Schwarzenegger can consider the recent news that one-third of Americans do want him to switch roles with Trump.
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