US network says Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump as the host of the Celebrity Apprentice.
It’s thought that would-be Republican presidential candidate Trump may have fallen out with the network following his attacks on Mexican immigrants in the US.
NBC said the former California governor and movie star is a good fit for the Celebrity Apprentice.
In a press release, NBC said Arnold had managed ‘more than 300,000 state employees and a state budget in the hundreds of billions… He has successfully invested in both real estate and sports franchises, and is known to millions globally for his starring role in the Terminator film franchise. His films, over a six-decade career, have grossed billions of dollars in worldwide box office.”
Trump helped raise more than $15 million for charity throughout his seven seasons as host.
President of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment Paul Telegdy said: “We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise. 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!”
Schwarzenegger said: “I have always been a huge fan of The Celebrity Apprentice 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!”