Schwarzenegger will NOT be back on Celebrity Apprentice

Megan Davies
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From Digital Spy

In hindsight, taking over a popular primetime show just as the former frontman was poised to become the most powerful man in the world probably wasn't the best idea - even less so when it emerged that the newly-elected President Donald Trump would still be on board as an executive producer.

So, with that in mind, it's almost not surprising that NBC's new Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling time on his hosting of the programme after just one series.

"I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity," Schwarzenegger told Empire Magazine. "But under the circumstances I don't want to do it again."

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As for what those circumstances actually were, well, try having the President tweeting at you and gloating that the show is struggling in the ratings war for a start.

"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 continued.

"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.

"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."

Following the interview, Schwarzenegger also released an official statement re-iterating his comments.

"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 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage," the statement read (via Variety).

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There's not exactly been a lot of love between the President and his Celebrity Apprentice successor since NBC hired Schwarzenegger to take over the hot seat from Trump, with more Twitter back-and-forths than you'd probably expect the President to write considering he's, you know, busy being the leader of the free world.

And that's coming from someone who once said he'd devote "zero time" to the series when he takes up office too.

The New Celebrity Apprentice aired in the US on NBC.

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