Celebrity Apprentice Shocker: Arnold Schwarzenegger Replaces Trump

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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.