Arnold Schwarzenegger spent just one season hosting “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, but that’s enough for the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician. He announced in an exclusive interview with Empire that he won’t be returning to the reality competition series, and he’s not mincing words about why.
“I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity,” Schwarzenegger said, “But under the circumstances I don’t want to do it again … 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!'”
Schwarzenegger added, “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.”
Despite being elected President of the United States, Donald Trump retained his producing credit on “The Apprentice,” and on top of that was commenting about the show’s ratings struggle just two weeks before he entered the White House on January 20. He tweeted, “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT.”
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