Arnold Schwarzenegger Bails on ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ Citing Show’s "Baggage"

In a pierce that should warn no one, Arnold Schwarzenegger is creation it transparent that any (unlikely) destiny chronicle of The Celebrity Apprentice will not embody him.

The host, who subbed in for now-President Donald Trump usually to find out after that he was still an executive writer on a show, announced around a Friday matter that he has left a embattled NBC existence show. Reads a matter from Schwarzenegger, “I desired each second of operative with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone — from a celebrities to a organisation to a selling dialect — was a true 10, and we would positively work with all of them again on a uncover that doesn’t have this baggage.”

Schwarzenegger expected is removing in front of a inevitable, as destiny seasons of any Apprentice array seem reduction and reduction plausible. On tip of a cloud of Trump’s slow involvement, and his unequivocally open discussions of a array that solidified his fame, a show’s ratings were in a tank. A NBC repute tells The Hollywood Reporter that no preference has been done about a destiny of a show, though there have been rumblings that longtime staffers have been told it’s protected to demeanour for other work.

Even when a new chronicle debuted to intermediate numbers, NBC arch Bob Greenblatt spoke optimistically about a array — and a probability of stability it but a former California administrator as host. “We have not really, honestly, suspicion about a destiny of a show,” he pronounced in January, adding that a Trump distinction appearance and credit on a promote weren’t expected a cause in a ratings decline. “The credit emanate doesn’t strech an audience, really. They’re not staying divided from a uncover since he’s concerned in it, nor are they entrance to it since he’s concerned in it. It’s a non-issue.”

Schwarzenegger’s promotional debate for Celebrity Apprentice was injured by a warn Dec news that Trump had defended an EP credit on a Mark Burnett- and MGM TV-produced series. Just a day after a Trump staffer expelled a matter observant that a then-president-elect had a “big stake” on a uncover he creatively hosted, Schwarzenegger faced extraordinary reporters during a press conference.

But for all of a hullabaloo about a rare dispute for a U.S. commander in chief, a uncover never got many courtesy once it premiered. All told, it averaged a intermediate 1.3 rating among adults 18-to-49 and a somewhat some-more important 4.9 million viewers this past season. And those numbers, it should be emphasized, were aided with time-shifting. Night of performances drew smaller hauls. The numbers positively got a courtesy of ratings fan Trump. He used a Feb assembly with preaching and supervision officials to solicit prayers for Schwarzenegger and his ratings. The mind truly reels.

The whole thing has been many hapless for NBC. The network actively has attempted to stretch itself from Trump (with a important difference of his 2015 Saturday Night Live hosting gig) after he announced his run for bureau roughly dual years ago. And, after all that, found itself inadvertently profitable him for a rebranded existence show.