BREAKING: Schwarzenegger Leaving ‘Celebrity Apprentice’: Trump Tweets
Apparently the Terminator has decided he’s had enough. Or has NBC?
Between The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice there have been 15 seasons. This includes the latest season which features “The Governator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger. Trump has presided over 14 to Schwarzenegger’s 1.
According to FOX News, this will Arnold’s first and last.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has terminated his involvement with “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Schwarzenegger said in an interview that he’s riding off into the sunset after hosting a single season of the reality show, a lawyer for the actor told Fox News.
The news comes after Schwarzenegger’s stint on the NBC show was plagued by poor ratings and recent reports that sponsors were ending their relationships with the show because of its continued links to it its former host, President Donald Trump, who remains a credited producer.
My first thoughts run directly to President Trump. You can bet Secret Service has restrained him from tweeting on this. Kellyanne has asked him to “Count to 10, Mr. President!”
Allow me to tweet for the President.
DonaldJTrump [POTUS]: Arnold is leaving Celebrity Apprentice; can’t cut it. I did 14, he does 1. Who’s the REAL Mr. Universe?
Oh the fodder President Trump has with this, particularly given the feud between him and Schwarzenegger, a Hillary Clinton supporter.
The article continues,
The “Terminator” star said he would not return to the show even if if he was asked to return, but NBC has yet to announce if they will even be renewing the show. The network did not return Fox News’ request for comment.
Again on behalf of POTUS, I tweet:
DonaldJTrump [POTUS]: NBC terminated The Terminator. How fitting. Go see Hillary. I terminated her. Who’s the REAL Terminator, Arnold?
Schwarzenegger told EmpireOnlie.com, as his excuse for…whatever,
“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.”
So what Trump still have involvement. That’s just an excuse. Either the show is entertaining or it’s not. In this case, the latter. Nevertheless,
The Wrap reported that half of the show’s sponsors have bailed out after recent boycott threats. An online campaign called #GrabYourWallet, which is encouraging sponsors to pass on the reality TV series due to President Trump’s involvement, reportedly prompted six of the series’ 12 corporate backers from last season to not return.
“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,” Schwarzenegger said.
While Trump no longer hosts “Celebrity Apprentice,” he does hold the title of executive producer. His spokesperson Hope Hicks confirmed in 2016 that Trump also maintained a financial interest in the franchise.
You can bet that with the right host, that show would maintain its dominance. It would still be “YUUGE!”