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Arnold Schwarzenegger Done with ‘The Apprentice’

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.

The Donald vs. The Terminator

On Friday, March 3, 2017, former California Governor, fitness educator and action star Arnold Schwarzenegger informed the media that he would not be returning to “The New Celebrity Apprentice” as host after the most recent season’s poor ratings. He said that the show had too much “baggage” because of its link to executive-producer President Donald Trump. He stated that he would agree to work with Mark Burnett, the show’s producer, and NBC again if another project became available, but he implied that the show’s ratings are proof that people have stopped watching because they have a “bad taste” in their mouths because of Trump.

Trump fired back on Saturday on Twitter by saying that Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be returning for another season because he was “fired.” He also called the show’s ratings with Schwarzenegger as host “(pathetic).” Trump’s critics have since noted that he’s just as responsible for the show’s bad ratings and that Schwarzenegger’s statements are in some ways correct:

Trump made a point of criticizing Schwarzenegger extensively during the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, February 2, before the show had even finished out its season. He claimed that the ratings “went right down the tubes” because of Schwarzenegger taking over the show, called it a “total disaster” and asked the event-goers to pray for Schwarzenegger to get better ratings. He then continued to say negative statements about the other actor on Twitter and in statements to the media for days after The Terminator fired back by asking The Donald to switch jobs with him since he was a ratings expert. Critics have also pointed out that the president currently has a low political public approval rating and many members of the show’s younger target market refuse to support any of his business ventures because they want him to fail.