Schwarzenegger bails on ‘Apprentice’ citing Trump as reason for failure

HOLLYWOOD, California (KXAN) – NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice reality series may be in danger of being terminated as Arnold Schwarzenegger is stepping down after only one season as boss, the role formerly held by President of the United States, Donald Trump.

Schwarzenegger made the announcement in an interview with Empire magazine released Friday. “Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,” Schwarzenegger said.

Sponsorship and viewership for the former hit show had fallen as Trump took office and word emerged he would remain on the show’s payroll as a producer. Six of the 12 corporate backers for the show had announced plans to stop, according to The Wrap.

“When people found out…then half the people [started] boycotting it,” Schwarzenegger said.

The president has famously voiced his opinions of his successor on several occasions, and it hasn’t been the most enthusiastic.

Schwarzenegger issued a clapback to the president, offering to switch jobs.

According to Variety, Celebrity Apprentice has not yet been picked up for another season.

“It’s a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division,” Schwarzenegger said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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