Monday 24 July 2017

Schwarzenegger quits The New Celebrity Apprentice with swipe at Trump

Arnold Schwarzenegger has quit Celebrity Apprentice and criticised Donald Trump.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has quit Celebrity Apprentice and criticised Donald Trump.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has quit the The New Celebrity Apprentice with a parting swipe at the show's former host Donald Trump.

The Hollywood star revealed he was leaving the US show after just one series following a number of public rows with the President.

In a statement he blamed the show's "baggage" for his decision to leave.

The programme, which Trump once hosted and has remained as an executive producer, finished its latest series with the poorest ratings of any of its celebrity incarnations.

Schwarzenegger blamed the divisive US leader for driving away viewers with his continued involvement which left a "bad taste".

In an interview with Empire he said people "don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show".

He added: "It's a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division."

In January, Trump taunted the former California governor over the show's latest series in a tweet. He r eferred to himself as a "ratings machine" and said Schwarzenegger "got "swamped" by comparison.

The Republican later said the show had been a "total disaster" since Schwarzenegger took over, with the actor responding by suggesting they should switch jobs.

In a statement on Friday, Schwarzenegger said: " I loved every second of working with NBC and (executive producer) 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."

Trump responded to Schwarzenegger's statement on Saturday afternoon through his Twitter account.

He denied that his association with the programme was behind its failure and blamed the actor for the poor ratings.

The president 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."

According to Associated Press, Shannon Coulter, co-founder of the #GrabYourWallet Trump protest which encourages boycotts of companies doing business with the Trump family, agreed with Schwarzenegger.

She said: "My impression is that The New Celebrity Apprentice's poor performance has everything to do with Donald's continued presence and the accompanying 'baggage' Mr Schwarzenegger mentioned.

"We applaud Mr Schwarzenegger's decision to leave the show and to distance himself from the toxic Trump brand."

When The New Celebrity Apprentice ended its run last month, Trump also had a dig at its host.

He tweeted: "Yes, Arnold Schwarzenegger did a really bad job as Governor of California and even worse on the Apprentice...but at least he tried hard!"

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