President Trump slams Arnold Schwarzenegger for exiting 'The Apprentice': 'He was fired'

President Donald Trump isn't letting Arnold Schwarzenegger have the last word.

After the "New Celebrity Apprentice" host said in an interview published Friday that he would "decline" to do the show again if asked, and blamed Trump for the show's poor ratings, the president retaliated Saturday morning by saying Schwarzenegger "was fired."

"Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice," Trump tweeted, "he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show."

See the cast from Schwarzenegger's time as "Apprentice" host:

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ROME, ITALY - JANUARY 25: Actor Arnold Schwarzengger attends the 'The Last Stand' photocall at Hassler Hotel on January 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Leeza Gibbons attends AOL Build Series at AOL HQ on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Tracy Edmonds at the 2015 BET Awards press room on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Bob Harper attends 'Disaster!' Broadway opening night at Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images)
Investor Warren Buffett speaks during the 'United State of Women Summit' at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, June 14, 2016. / AFP / YURI GRIPAS (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Supermodel Tyra Banks attends Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Money 2016 on September 24, 2016 at Cedar Lake in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan)
Jessica Alba attends the fifth annual Baby2Baby gala honoring Jennifer Garner at 3Labs in Culver City, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 22: Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, nephew of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham attend the AUDI Night 2016 during Hahnenkamm Race Weekend on January 22, 2016 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
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Trump hosted "The Apprentice" since its inception in 2004. Schwarzenegger took over for Season 15 due to Trump's presidential campaign and eventual election. Still, as Variety first reported, Trump retained his executive producer credit on the show. The NBC show has not yet been picked up for another season, with or without Schwarzenegger.

On Friday, Schwarzenegger blamed the show's poor ratings on Trump's continued involvement. "When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it," he said.

With Schwarzenegger as host, the show has struggled in the ratings, which Trump has dissed over Twitter and in person. In one recent instance in February, the president mocked Schwarzenegger at the National Prayer Breakfast. "I want to just pray for Arnold if we can — for those ratings," he said.

Schwarzenegger responded in a video posted to Twitter, "Hey Donald, I have a great idea: Why don't we switch jobs?"


RELATED: Take a look back at Schwarzenegger's political career:

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Austrian-born California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger throws t-shirts after addressing the crowd at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIVERSIDE, CA - SEPTEMBER 4: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a campaign appearance September 4, 2003 in Riverside, California. A day after Schwarzenegger was a no-show at a political debate featuring Gov. Gray Davis, and five of the top candidates in the race to replace Davis, the movie star urged supporters to get out the vote in the October 7 recall election. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A man holds banners asking actor Arnold Scharzenegger not to run for Governor of California in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood 02 July 2003. The movement called 'Anybody but Arnold for Governor' was launched by a group of fans during the opening of the movie 'Terminator 3'. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 7: Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger holds the papers he pulled at the Los Angeles County Registar's office to enter the race to unseat current democratic Governor Gray Davis in the October 7 recall election on August 7, 2003 in Norwalk, California. Schwarzenegger announced his run for governor August 6 on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A man holds banners asking actor Arnold Scharzenegger not to run for Governor of California in front of the Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood 02 July 2003. The movement called 'Anybody but Arnold for Governor' was launched by a group of fans during the opening of the movie 'Terminator 3'. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONG BEACH, CA - SEPTEMBER 3: Gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) rallies before California State University, Long Beach students September 3, 2003 in Long Beach, California. A supporter's sign (L) opposes Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante for governor. Schwarzenegger attended this event instead of participating in today's gubernatorial candidate debate in Walnut Creek, California. Schwarzenegger is expected to skip all gubernatorial candidate debates, except for one, which is scheduled for September 17 in Sacramento. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
DANA POINT, CA, SEPTEMBER 5: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses a meeting of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on September 5, 2003 in Dana Point, California. Schwarzenegger is campaigning to unseat current Gov. Gray Davis, who was re-elected last November, in the October 7 recall election. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Supporters of California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger wait for him to address the crowd during a rally at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7 vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 16: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) gestures as he speaks with immigrants at his 'Ask Arnold Town Hall' meeting for immigrants only at the Hollenbeck Youth Center September 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. A ruling by a federal appeals panel September 15 could delay the special October 7 recall election until March 2004 because voters in Los Angeles and five other counties would be using error-prone punch card machines that are still months from being phased out. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Austrian-born California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger delivers a speech during a lunch at the California Republican Party Convention in Los Angeles September 13, 2003. Schwarzenegger asked republicans to unite behind him to fight the Davis-Bustamante campaign on the recall election. Recent polls indicated that Schwarzenegger runs second in the vote for the October 7 vote, which asks Californians to vote for or against the recall of Democratic Governor Gray Davis, and, if for the recall, then to vote for a new governor. AFP PHOTO / HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 16: California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) gestures as he speaks with immigrants at his 'Ask Arnold Town Hall' meeting for immigrants only at the Hollenbeck Youth Center September 16, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. A ruling by a federal appeals panel September 15 could delay the special October 7 recall election until March 2004 because voters in Los Angeles and five other counties would be using error-prone punch card machines that are still months from being phased out. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates his victory over Democrat Treasurer Phil Angelides on Election Night on November 7, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Eric Washburn runs along the campus of California State University Sacramento carry a sign supporting Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Rep. Darrell Issa gestures as he announces his endorsement for California gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) on September 26, 2003 in Santa Monica, California. Rep. Issa spent $1.7 million bankrolling the California Gov. Gray Davis recall effort and later dropped out of the race for governor. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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