Donald Trump says Arnold Schwarzenegger was 'fired by pathetic ratings' after Celebrity Apprentice departure

Patrick Grafton-Green
'Pathetic ratings': Donald Trump slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger on Twitter: AP

Donald Trump has hit out at Arnold Schwarzenegger after he quit as host of the Celebrity Apprentice, saying he was “fired by pathetic ratings”.

Schwarzenegger said on Friday that he will not return as host of the show, blaming the President for its recent poor performance.

The Terminator star said in a statement: “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.”

On Saturday, Trump tweeted: “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me.

"Sad end to great show.”

Schwarzenegger replied on the social media platform, saying: "You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker."

President Trump hosted the series for 14 years and remained on board as producer of the show following his election.

After Schwarzenegger replaced Trump as host of the show in January, ratings soon plummeted.

President Trump sparked a war of words with the former Governor of California after he offered a “prayer” for the star’s television ratings and branded him a “disaster”.

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