Schwarzenegger quits ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ over show’s Trump ties

LOS ANGELES: Arnold Schwarzenegger stated on Friday he may not be again for any other season of NBC’s fact display “The Celebrity Apprentice,” blaming U.S. President Donald Trump’s ongoing position as government manufacturer for low scores.

Action film famous person Schwarzenegger took over as host of “Celebrity Apprentice” remaining yr. His first season, which premiered in January, has been watched through round four million to five million audience.

“Everyone – from the stars to the group to the promoting division – used to be a immediately 10, and I might completely paintings with they all once more on a display that does not have this luggage,” Schwarzenegger stated in a remark.

The actor’s consultant stated Schwarzenegger would now not be returning for a 2d season.

NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, didn’t touch upon Schwarzenegger’s determination now not to go back for any other season, or the show’s long run. There used to be no speedy remark from Trump or the White House on Friday.

Schwarzenegger, a Republican who served two phrases as California governor however stated he didn’t vote for Trump as president, informed British movie mag Empire in an interview revealed on Friday that he used to be leaving the display because of Trump’s involvement.

News that Trump will retain an government manufacturer credit score at the display, which typically comes to a cost, brought about a media furore in December about possible conflicts of pastime.

Schwarzenegger advised Empire that the display used to be “a in reality nice alternative, however “beneath the cases I do not need to do it once more.”

“When other folks came upon that Trump used to be nonetheless concerned as government manufacturer and used to be nonetheless receiving cash from the display, then part the folk (began) boycotting it,” Schwarzenegger stated.

New York businessman Trump, who took place of work in January after profitable November’s presidential election, become a family identify because the host of “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice” for 14 seasons, the place contestants would compete in industry demanding situations.

Trump mocked Schwarzenegger and the 43 % fall within the coveted 18-to-49-year-old target audience for the show’s January premiere, sparking a Twitter struggle between America’s two largest celebrities-turned-politicians.

“Wow, the scores are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger were given ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) through comparability to the scores system, DJT,” tweeted Trump.

“I want you the most productive of good fortune and I am hoping you’ll be able to paintings for ALL of the American folks as aggressively as you labored in your scores,” Schwarzenegger tweeted again.

Some 20 million Americans watched the primary yr of “The Apprentice” however viewership dropped to round 6 million in 2015 for Trump’s ultimate episode of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”

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