Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger took over hosting “The Apprentice” after Donald Trump cut his ties with the show during his run for the presidency, and it was a flop.
Now, Schwarzenegger is terminating his relationship with the show, and blaming some of that on President Trump himself. In an interview with Empire, the former bodybuilder explained that while he enjoyed the show, its numbers were falling because of its connection to Trump.
“It’s not about the show,” he stated. “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!’”
Trump himself has blamed the ratings decline for “The Apprentice” on Schwarzenegger, occasionally tweeting about the “sad” ratings of the show now that Trump himself isn’t directly involved with it anymore.
But Schwarzenegger sees it differently.
“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,” Schwarzenegger said in Empire.
“Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,” he added. “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.”
It’s unclear what Schwarzenegger will do now that he is finished with “The Apprentice.”
While Schwarzenegger can blame Trump all he wants for the show’s decline, at some level he has to know that the rating flop was also his own fault.
Trump weighed in on Schwarzenegger’s decision on Saturday morning, claiming that Schwarzenegger was forced about because of the “pathetic” ratings.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Schwarzenegger is no Trump. He doesn’t have the showmanship necessary to host a show like “The Apprentice,” and now he knows it.
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