Arnold Schwarzenegger has ruled out a run for the senate, following widespread excitement at the prospect of him taking his feud with President Donald Trump to another level.
The 69-year-old former governor of California was reported last week to be considering re-entering politics.
He has announced that he will step down after one season as Mr Trump's replacement on The Apprentice, after what Mr Trump tweeted were "pathetic" ratings.
Mr Schwarzenegger responded that Mr Trump was a little obsessed with him, and "probably in love with me".
A Republican, he has made no secret of his disapproval of Mr Trump's policies, and his entry into the 2018 senate race — when Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein would be 85 years old and up for reelection — “would give Arnold the stage to jam Trump for the next 16 months,’’ according to one Republican strategist, speaking to Politico.
Daniel Ketchell, Mr Schwarzenegger's spokesman, did not rule out a possible senate run when asked to respond to the speculation.
“Right now Gov. Schwarzenegger’s focus is on using his platform to bring some sensibility and coherency to Washington by fighting for redistricting reform, like we did in California,’’ he said on Thursday.
“We are keeping all of our options open as far as how we can accomplish that.”
But on Sunday morning Mr Schwarzenegger wrote on Facebook that he had no wish to plunge back into electoral politics.
"I'm deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California," he wrote.
"Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside, by campaigning for independent redistricting commissions.
"Thank you for your kind messages and all of the support and I hope you'll join me in my battle against gerrymandering with the same enthusiasm."