The actor, who took over from the US President as the host of NBC's long-running reality competition, has revealed he won't be returning for another run telling Empire: “I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity.”
Trump has been goading the actor after the revamped series suffered dwindling ratings.
“It's not about the show because everyone I ran into came up to me and said, 'I love the show' but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump's name I'm outta there,'” Schwarzenegger elaborated, alluding to the fact the President is still credited as a producer on the series.
“NBC did everything they could to promote the show and [producer] Mark Burnett did a fantastic job. No one really knew that this was going to happen and I think that everyone was caught off guard.”
He continued: “Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline. 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.”
Schwarzenegger has since released an official statement, via Variety, clarifying his words.
It reads: “I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone - from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department - was a straight ten, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage.”