ARNIE TERMINATES TIME ON ‘AP­PREN­TICE’

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AEven if he were asked again, Sch­warzeneg­ger said he wouldn’t want to do it.

“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,” he said in an in­ter­view with the Em­pire web­site.

“It’s a very di­vi­sive pe­riod now, and I think this show got caught up in all that di­vi­sion.”

Shan­non Coul­ter, co-founder of the #GrabYourWal­let Trump protest, agreed. The ef­fort aims to spur con­sumer boy­cotts of com­pa­nies do­ing busi­ness with the Trump fam­ily, in­clud­ing spon­sors of

“We ap­plaud Mr Sch­warzeneg­ger’s de­ci­sion to leave the show and to dis­tance him­self from the toxic Trump brand,” she said. When

ended its sea­son last month, Trump tweeted that Sch­warzeneg­ger “did a re­ally bad job as gov­er­nor of Cal­i­for­nia and even worse on but at least he tried hard”.

NBC had no im­me­di­ate comment about whether the show would re­turn with a new host. RNOLD Sch­warzeneg­ger said on Fri­day he’s through with

The New Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, and he’s blam­ing President Don­ald Trump for the tele­vi­sion re­al­ity show’s re­cent poor per­for­mance.

The for­mer Cal­i­for­nia gov­er­nor said he wouldn’t mind work­ing with NBC and pro­ducer Mark Bur­nett again “on a show that doesn’t have this bag­gage”.

Sch­warzeneg­ger re­placed the president as host of the show, but Trump re­mained as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer. The president taunted Sch­warzeneg­ger for the show’s poor per­for­mance in the rat­ings, even mock­ing him dur­ing an ad­dress at the Na­tional Prayer Break­fast.

The show, which wrapped up its 15th sea­son last month, av­er­aged fewer than five mil­lion view­ers per episode. That was lower than any other in­car­na­tion ex­cept for a 2010 Trump-hosted edi­tion with­out celebri­ties, and the most poorly-rated edi­tion among the youth­ful view­ers NBC cares most about, the Nielsen com­pany said.

Ap­pren­tice.

The New Celebrity Ap­pren­tice

The Ap­pren­tice,

AP

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