Arnold Schwarzenegger made waves last week when he announced that he would not return for another round of “Celebrity Apprentice” after hosting the reality competition series for just one season from January 2 to February 13, 2017. The series experienced a ratings decline during these latest episodes, and Schwarzenegger blamed the negative publicity generated by former host and current leader of the free world Donald Trump.
Our readers agree. In our poll, 72% of respondents say Trump is to blame for the ratings slide, compared to just 28% who say Schwarzenegger was at fault. This despite another angry response from Trump on Twitter over the weekend. A few days after giving an address to Congress in which he said, “The time for trivial fights is behind us,” he took to social media to say, “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving ‘The Apprentice,’ he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show.”
During his latest tweet-storm Trump also accused President Barack Obama of wire-tapping him during the 2016 election campaign, though he didn’t provide any evidence to support that claim. But he hasn’t blamed Obama for the declining “Apprentice” ratings — at least not yet.