Celebrity Apprentice Shocker: Arnold Schwarzenegger Replaces Trump

The onetime Governator has been tapped to replace a POTUS hopeful, as host of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice.

Movie star-turned-twice-elected California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will lord over the boardroom as the competition series returns for the 2016-17 season, NBC announced on Monday.

Last month, NBC president Richard Greenblatt made clear that Donald Trump, who has evolved into a polarizing politico during these early days of his White House run, would “absolutely not” ever reclaim his chair as Apprentice host.

“I have always been a huge fan of The Celebrity Apprentice,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement, “and the way it showcases 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!”

“We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise,” NBC alternative programming chief Paul Telegdy said. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. 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.

The Celebrity Apprentice … will be back!” Telegdy added, evoking The Terminator’s catchphrase.

To date, Celeb Apprentice has helped raise more than $15 million for charity.

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62 Comments
  1. A foreigner has taken Trump’s job :P

  2. Glen Williams says:

    Hope he was “tested”..

  3. David Stumme says:

    Tiger beat me to it, but his catchphrase really needs to be “You’re terminated” instead of “you’re fired.” Or, to the person who is NOT fired “you’ll be back.”

  4. LK says:

    What does Arnold know about running a company?

  5. Jennifer says:

    This is a Bazinga, right?

  6. Will Arnold’s line be “you are terminated” or “you won’t be back?”

  7. kirads09 says:

    I think this might at least make it more fun & interesting to watch. I have only ever watched the season Clay Aiken was on. Just like AI S2, Clay came in “runner up” – but should have won. His ideas and fundraiser were BETTER. What happened to Aresenio coming back with a talk show, which was supposed to be his “prize” I believe. Haven’t ever seen or heard of it happening.

  8. Ms Bird says:

    Talk about “Swapping the Devil for the Witch,” smh…

  9. Marcie says:

    Haven’t watched Apprentice in years, but I’ll start watching with Schwarz. What fun!

  10. baz says:

    “What does Arnold Know about running a business” he was a a millionaire in propert before his first body building competition!

  11. Mark D. Moss says:

    At least NBC won’t have to worry about this cheating hypocrite conservative misogynist running for president.

  12. Mr. Tran K says:

    Will the new catchphrase for Arnold be YOU’RE TERMINATED instead of YOU’RE FIRED?

  13. AngelWasHere says:

    *sigh* I was hoping for someone different and a little less known. Still won’t be watching.

  14. Jared says:

    I thought Mark Cuban would have been better. I guess we’ll see how he does next year.

  15. Mary says:

    No interest in watching. Does he even run a Company?

  16. buzzsaw says:

    “Anold” willl do a great job

  17. A fan of TV says:

    Horrible casting. Horrible. Get someone at least known for running a business. Nothing about Arnold makes me want to watch this train of idiocy from the mind of Trump the Troll.

  18. matty says:

    And… I thought it wouldn’t be possible to sink lower than Trump. Congratulations NBC, you’ve sunk to new lows.

  19. Arlene says:

    isn’t that funny…i was just thinking it should be schwartzenneger running for president

  20. Lizo says:

    So they replace one racist republican with another?!??

  21. karen says:

    They should have Piers Morgan would be much better or someother business person who knows business. Rancic would be the most likely. He won the Celebrity app himself and has been doing business from then on. He would be perfect!!!!!!

  22. karen Haske says:

    no he wouldn’t Rancic or Piers Morgan would be a far better choose. Why didn’t they think of them. Rancic already won CP so he has a good business sense.

  23. Vetteliv says:

    What is his business background? How about his college degree in business?

  24. danoregon says:

    He will say “Hasta La Vista, Baby!”. Seriously, did NBC just ignore the multiple accusations of sexual harassment?

  25. Zoe says:

    Can’t we just let this show die?

  26. Bad Samaritan says:

    This had better not keep us from getting THE LEGEND OF CONAN! We’ve only been waiting thirty years!

  27. T says:

    I just want to know what this means for Ivanka, Donald JR and George- They are the ones that I like on the show.