Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed rumors that he will not be returning to host another season of “Celebrity Apprentice” to entertainment website Empire on Friday.
Schwarzenegger told Empire that hosting the show was a “great opportunity” but that he doesn’t want to do it again, citing President Trump’s involvement as the reason he’s leaving.
“It’s not about the show,” Schwarzenegger said, noting that despite people telling him how much they loved it, they told him that the moment they saw President Trump’s name in the credits as executive producer, they decided to stop watching and stage a boycott.
“NBC did everything they could to promote the show and [producer] 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,” the actor and host continued.
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“Social media campaign #grabyourwallet appears to have been a factor, imploring consumers and sponsors alike to ditch Celebrity Apprentice in direct response to the US President’s continued involvement,” said Empire’s report, noting, “The boycott’s success may well be reflected in the show’s viewing figures and the hasty retreat of commercial backers.”
“Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,” said Schwarzenegger, who will soon appear in the new movie “Aftermath.”
“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.”
H/T: Empire Online
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