Schwarzenegger Blames Trump for Celebrity Apprentice Sagging Ratings

Arnold Schwarzenegger has had enough. He has told NBC he will not returng for another season of New Celebrity Apprentice, should the network renew the show. Ratings were low, for which he blames Donald Trump:

“With Trump being involved in the show, people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show,” Schwarzenegger said in that interview. “It’s a very divisive period now, and I think this show got caught up in all that division.”

He made it clear the show was not to blame:

“Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage.”


He added:

Despite NBC’s best efforts to promote the show, “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,” Schwarzenegger told Empire.

New Celebrity Apprentice lost half its sponsors, which Daily Mail sources attributed to the #GrabYourWallet campaign.

Hopefully, NBC will cancel the show.

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    lol. you've all missed the point... (5.00 / 7) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 04:32:59 AM EST
    Trump now is the Celebrity Apprentice.

    We have finally achieved the ultimate degradation, what America has slouched toward since the invention of television.  America now stars in its own Reality TV show.

    I would say (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Mar 03, 2017 at 06:52:56 PM EST
    that Trump probably had a lot to do with the ratings problem. The other thing is the show is probably past its prime and ready to go.

    I like Arnold but he sounds weak here (none / 0) (#2)
    by McBain on Fri Mar 03, 2017 at 08:15:56 PM EST

    You mean because he's ... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Yman on Fri Mar 03, 2017 at 08:19:19 PM EST
    ... blaming others, ... like Trump does on a daily basis?

    Personally, I don't like or watch reality TV, so I don't have a dog in this hunt and I don't care. But Arnold Schwarzenegger's observations are no less valid than anyone else's and furthermore, he noted his own personal reservations about Trump's continued involvement with the show as executive producer, before this season's first episode even aired.

    Valid or not they sound like excuses (none / 0) (#6)
    by McBain on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 06:50:42 PM EST
    Arnold lost this one

    You couldn't be more wrong. (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 06:59:33 PM EST
    tRump is toxic. No one will watch. NBC will cancel.

    i dont watch reality tv either (none / 0) (#8)
    by linea on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 07:15:52 PM EST
    i do have a friend who watches the kardashians with her mother and i admit to being hooked on Married At First Sight which is a bad copy of Gift Ved Første Blik.  as always the americanst remakes of british or european or scandinavian shows are insipid.  and the best original tv is obviously american.

    team america!


    I'm pretty sure (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Repack Rider on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 07:37:05 PM EST
    ...that the fact that the show sucks might be a factor also.

    I know, right? (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by jondee on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 10:41:38 PM EST
    as my daughter says.

    Blaming Arnold is like blaming the stench on the new landfill supervisor.


    Most likely correct (none / 0) (#10)
    by TrevorBolder on Sat Mar 04, 2017 at 07:40:38 PM EST
    But I do not watch any reality tv, other than the current coverage of this Presidency.

    But for some reason it did have viewers at one time


    Trump should keep the production crew (none / 0) (#12)
    by Jack E Lope on Wed Mar 08, 2017 at 11:29:55 AM EST
    ...employed on his current reality show.

    I think that The Daily Show calls it, "The Appresident".