It turns out that having the President of the United States deride the television show that you host – and that he, himself, used to host – is a bit too much to handle.
In a statement, the Celebrity Apprentice host, action film star, and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would not be hosting another season of the once-hit reality television show due to the “baggage” that the Trump name brought to the show.
Schwarzenegger praised the show’s cast and crew, but said that his feud with the POTUS as well as the president’s association with the show has turned off his interest in being a part of the program any longer.
“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.”
Specifically, Schwarzenegger said that he suspected the show’s poor ratings were due to its association with Trump, rather than because of his own hosting abilities.
“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!’”
Despite having won the presidency, Donald Trump’s approval ratings drop nearly by the day, and that apparently translates to poor approval for “Celebrity Apprentice” as well. As Trump has noted in tweets more than once since he became POTUS, the “Apprentice” show has experience particularly dismal ratings.
Though he no longer hosts the show, “Donald Trump” still appears in the show’s opening credits under the title Executive Producer. While that role can often be a completely hands-off one, many likely considered the association too close to stomach. A boycott effort which includes all things Trump has extended to the show, meaning that even fewer people are tuning in to find out who is being “terminated” each week.
Frankly, Schwarzenegger made a big mistake ever agreeing to be on the show in the first place. Though it perfectly poised him to be an unlikely foe of the POTUS, earning him a decent amount of good press from the Anti-Trump crowd, we can’t imagine how having a show associated with Trump will ever be a net good for his resume. Schwarzenegger made a good call by cutting his “apprenticeship” at the show short, but as he may learn, even a bit of Trump is too much in 2017.
Variety notes that the show has not yet been renewed for another season with or without Schwarzenegger – may we all collectively hope it never is.