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."
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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?"
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
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