Actor and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger recently stated that he would be discontinue his involvement with the storied NBC reality program “The Apprentice,” due to the continued involvement of President Donald Trump.
While Schwarzenegger had nothing but positive things to say about the working with the show’s talent and its production staff, he felt that Trump’s association has continually hindered the program’s ratings and public perception. Schwarzenegger even lamented that many people came to him with stories of watching the show up to the moment that Trump’s name was involved or mentioned on it. Trump still holds an executive producer credit on the show and this revelation after his election resulted in viewership being cut in half.
The show’s low ratings have been repeatedly mentioned by President Trump. Trump has taunted Schwarzenegger’s ability by claiming that while Schwarzenegger failed at governing California and failed to raise ratings of The Apprentice, “at least he tried.” Schwarzenegger responded to the tweet by posting a link that indicated his willingness to release his tax returns and how he had placed his business ventures under a blind trust during his governorship of California. Trump has also used stately events like the National Prayer Breakfast to establish a link between Schwarzenegger and the sagging ratings of the reality program Trump started in the beginning of 2004.
Whether or not Schwarzenegger is willing to participate in another season of The Apprentice seems irrelevant at the moment; a representative for NBC remarked that the show had not yet been picked for another season. If The Apprentice’s ratings remain viable enough to merit another season, that season would mark the 16th American season of the program. Beyond being made in the United States, The Apprentice has over 20 permutations and spinoffs from multiple countries and continents.