Will it soon be “You’re TERMINATED” instead of “You’re fired,” as NBC Universal names Arnold Schwarzenegger new host of “The Celebrity Apprentice?” The show will return for the 2016-17 season and the former California governor will replace Donald Trump.
“After leaving the show to run for political office, Donald made it clear that he wanted ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ to be able to continue to raise millions of dollars annually for worthy causes,” executive producer Mark Burnett said in a statement.
“NBC and I have found an amazing new leader to do just that. Gov. Schwarzenegger will use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to drive this hit franchise to new heights,” Burnett announced.
Paul Telegdy, president for Alternative and Late Night Programming for NBC entertainment, said the decision to have Schwarzenegger on board marks a “powerful new chapter in the story of the ‘Apprentice’ franchise.”
“Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves,” Telegdy said in a statement.
“It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today’s audiences, that made him the man to hire,” Telegdy further said of Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger is equally thrilled to be on board, saying he has always been a huge fan of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” He admires how the show is able to showcase the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork. “I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started,” Schwarzenegger said.
Trump took to Twitter to congratulate Schwarzenegger whom he said is his friend. “He’ll be great and will raise lots of dollars for charity,” Trump said.