Arnold Schwarzenegger quits Celebrity Apprentice due to Donald Trump 'baggage'

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped down from his role on The New Celebrity Apprentice due to its association with Donald Trump.

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.”

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