Arnold Schwarzenegger Says He’s Done With ‘Apprentice,’ Blames Poor Ratings on Trump Involvement

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Arnold Schwarzenegger says that he will not do another season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and he’s blaming Donald Trump’s continued involvement in the show as a factor for turning people off.

“I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone – from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department – was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement following an interview with Empire magazine, in which he said that the show suffered from its association with Trump.

“Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline.” Schwarzenegger said in the interview. “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.”

Schwarzenegger added, “It’s not about the show… because 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 Variety first reported, Trump has an executive producer credit on the show, even though he left his on-screen role when his presidential campaign began.

“NBC did everything they could to promote the show and [producer] Mark Burnett did a fantastic job,” Schwarzenegger told the magazine. “No one really knew that this was going to happen and I think that everyone was caught off guard.”

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“When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it.”

A representative for Schwarzenegger confirmed the details of the interview.

The show has struggled in the ratings this season. Trump and Schwarzenegger have had a back-and-forth on Twitter over the show’s ratings.

Most recently, Trump tweeted on Feb. 3.

Schwarzenegger tweeted back with a link to a story about his release of his tax returns.

NBC was not available for comment at Variety‘s request. A source close to the network points to the fact that the show has not yet been picked up for another season, with or without Schwarzenegger.

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  1. jali says:

    Good for Arnold! That show always stank…aggrandizing firing people is lame.

  2. Sct says:

    Arnold was great the show was opposite the bachelor and on a Monday. Moron NBC.

  3. Idalillian says:

    HEY trump now you can go back to doing something you seem to know aboui now that Arnold has left the show maybe Pence is a better choice at least hes not a liar.and a bigot then America will be great again with you not running it.

  4. Lori says:

    I have been a huge fan of Arnold for years! Not any longer! Arnold judged our president harshly; he who has never sinned! It is sad how the movie stars has treated Trump and have hurt their careers in the process! Millions of people voted for Trump and now those people will think twice before going to their movies or watching their shows!

  5. Sct says:

    Omg this is the most fun we’ve had since the election. Watching the big guys duke it out. Trump…..Arnold.
    Arnold…..trump. Trump …..Arnold.
    fave guys. Muscle Men. Yeahhhh!!!!

  6. Lena says:

    Mr Schwarzenegger – nice try switching the blame, but the problem with the tv show The Apprentice had nothing to do wit President Trump.

    We watcheh as Trump was host and enjoyed it. We groaned when your name was announced as is replacement. Now, we did watch some of the shows this season. The bad ratings were due to the bad, has been host (Schwarzenegger)who had to talk about his body building in every episode. No one cares anymore.

    By the way. On switching jobs with Trump. You have to be an American born citizen. Thought you knew that.

  7. william says:

    Arnold who used STEROIDS to reach the top of his game, he QUIT doing STEROIDS and lost all his size. People blame Trump for Arnold’s failure.. Look at the shows of the apprentice that you were in and you’ll see
    Why the ratings were terrible . Be a man Arnold Schwarzenegger and man up too your bad acting, NO
    Stunt doubles in the Apprentice Arnie.

  8. Sct says:

    Well everybody has a first season. However Arnold created his own bad vibe by talking back and being a punk to his boss. Just say ok I love being on the show. What kind of example does it set for children and workers watching the show and he’s a PUNK mouthing off at the boss. Disrespecting the boss.
    And Arnold started the punk remarks, if the boss says your ratings are down….. You reply by saying I will try my best to be better. And shutup !!!!!!!! Shutup!!!!!!

  9. natezane says:

    Arnie, face it. Look in the mirror and you will see the reason you are no longer on the show!

  10. Alex says:

    What’s next? Will the accountants who gave us the Best Picture snafu at the Oscars also blame Trump? Shut up Arnie, you’re not hot anymore, deal with it.

  11. jmengele says:

    Watched religiously until Trump became the president of those for whom even being white wasn’t working for them. Never watched again. So Arnold became the fallout. And you all know it. Trump is allowing coal sludge to be dumped in the rivers, the certifiably insane to purchase guns and Russia to take over he world yet you are still calling Hillary a LIAR and calling her
    Hellary as if that makes you sound intelligent for thinking of that childish word mashup. You’re just mad cuz the black man is smarter than the dumb man y’all ended up with now. No one watches that show because of Trump and not because of Arnold–and you KNOW it.

  12. cadavra says:

    Brave move, Arnie, quitting a show that’s already all but cancelled.

  13. Arnie has seldom made a poor choice on his way to the top, but when he through in with the lying witch from hell Hillary, the party went bust. He’s career is toast, baby.

  14. That show was old and tired years ago, much like the current President.

  15. Jimmy Green says:

    Now he can go back to what he does best–philandering.

  16. Ryan says:

    The show was FANTASTIC when Trump did it. Arnold wasn’t a good replacement. The show needs a big ‘New York personality. Hollywood personality doesn’t work for the show. People who hate Trump are mindless zombie lemmings who regurgitate whatever they hear on fake news (like CNN, MSNBC, WaPost, NYT, etc) and emulate whatever their Hollywierd liberal idols do. The man has his flaws, but FINALLY a guy who WANTS to do right by THE PEOPLE, instead special interests. Too bad half the country are the fore mentioned zombie lemmings who cannot think for themselves. Too distracted by false narratives promoted by fake news.
    #ImJUSTaRUSSIANspyTHOUGH right?

    • jsm1963 says:

      The guy who quietly just signed legislation to allow the seriously mentally ill to purchase guns wants to do RIGHT by THE PEOPLE. Right…

    • Raeann Thomas says:

      Actually, it is true that people genuinely have very valid reasons for disliking Mr. Trump. There is plenty of evidence for why, recorded on video and audio, as to why people find trump offensive and unfit for the office of President (not to mention his twitter tantrums) Just because you dislike a particular news story about trump doesn’t make it fake news.

  17. j.k. says:

    Donald Trump is doing a really bad job as president and even worse as a human being …and he doesn’t even have to try hard!

  18. RS says:

    if it wasn’t for Trump I wouldnt have even known Arnold was doing this show. I saw no ads.

  19. Cc Brown says:

    Ratings tanked AFTER Arnie was on.

  20. jimmysee says:

    Eric Trump can step in. That would be the way to go.

  21. Practical Voice in the Hollywood Wilderness says:

    Arnold Schwarzenegger: an immigrant who became a self-made millionaire, has employed thousands and paid millions in taxes.

    Imagine that.

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