Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issues a statement saying that he won't be returning to Celebrity Apprentice and suggests that Donald Trump is to blame.
Schwarzenegger says he learned a lot working on Celebrity Apprentice and enjoyed working with NBC, Mark Burnett and everyone else involved in the show, saying he would happily work with all of them again on a show that didn't have the baggage that Celebrity Apprentice does. NBC, for their part, made no statement and has not said if they plan to continue the series after the ratings have been lagging.
In the statement, Schwarzenegger said:
I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity. But under the circumstances I don't want to do it again. NBC did everything they could to promote the show and 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…When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it. Even if asked [to return] 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.
Trump has taken a few Twitter swipes at Schwarzenegger when the show debuted to lower numbers than when Trump was the star. Schwarzenegger offered to switch with Trump, letting him return to the show while the former body builder take over running the country.
Arnold sent this video to Trump as advice on being President… a quote from Abraham Lincoln.
I've been thinking a lot about this quote from President Lincoln. We are not enemies. We are all Americans. pic.twitter.com/3bUlXGyAew
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) November 10, 2016