Donald Trump Will Continue to Be Celebrity Apprentice EP

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Donald Trump may no longer host The Celebrity Apprentice, but he’s not as fired! as he once seemed.

The president-elect will retain his executive producer credit on the NBC reality series, our sister site Variety reports. A new season of the show, which will be emceed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, will premiere on Jan. 2.

Per Variety, Trump likely receives an at least five-figure per-episode payment for the series, which MGM — which produces the show — will pay.

In June, NBC severed ties with the businessman after he denounced Mexicans as drug dealers, criminals and rapists who were infiltrating the United States while announcing his bid for president. “And some,” he added, “I assume, are good people.”

Trump had already announced his Apprentice departure; the network went on to release a statement saying, “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

The upcoming Celebrity Apprentice season’s contestants include: former Dancing With the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, singer-songwriter Boy George, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, retired pro boxer Laila Ali, H1 personality Carrie Keagan, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley, former WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, SNL vet Jon Lovitz, Real Housewives Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams, mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen, retired NFL running backs Ricky Williams and Eric Dickerson, Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil, Jersey Shore‘s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson.

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