- Maria Puente @usatmpuent­e USA TODAY Contributi­ng: Bill Keveney

Schwarzene­gger replaces Trump as host of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Movie star-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzene­gger will replace mogul-turned-politician Donald Trump on The Celebrity

Apprentice, NBC announced Monday.

Although he’s not a billionair­e like Trump, the former California governor is a good fit for the show, which will return for the 2016-17 season, the network said.

As governor for two terms, Schwarzene­gger managed “more than 300,000 state employees and a state budget in the hundreds of billions,” the press release said. “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.”

The news generated tweets spoofing the show’s signature line: “You’re fired!” Others pointed out that Trump, who has railed against undocument­ed immigrants from Mexico, is being replaced on the show by an immigrant from Austria.

Schwarzene­gger issued a statement and tweeted his delight. “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!”

Schwarzene­gger, 68, who left office in 2011, has recently revived his movie career, including starring in another Terminator movie, Terminator


Trump tweeted about the Schwarzene­gger news, even though he’s busy being the frontrunne­r for the Republican nomination for president. “Congrats to my friend @Schwarzene­gger who is doing next season’s Celebrity

Apprentice. He’ll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity.”

Trump’s burgeoning political career also is one of the reasons he’s no longer the host of The Ce

lebrity Apprentice.

NBC “fired” Trump in July, after his presidenti­al announceme­nt in June included inflammato­ry rhetoric about Mexico and Mexicans. Besides Apprentice, the network and the real estate mogul also shared ownership of the Miss Universe Organizati­on, including the annual Miss Universe pageant.

“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUnivers­al is ending its business relationsh­ip with Mr. Trump,” the network said at the time.

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“Let’s get started!” Schwarzene­gger said Monday. KEVIN LEE, GETTY IMAGES

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