Arnold Schwarzenegger will replace Donald Trump as the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice” when the reality show returns for the 2016-17 season, NBC announced today.
The movie star and two-term former California governor said he has
“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,” Schwarzenegger said. “Let’s get started!”
Executive producer Mark Burnett touted the selection of Schwarzennegger
to helm season 8.
“After leaving the show to run for political office, Donald made it
clear that he wanted `The Celebrity Apprentice’ to be able to continue to raise
millions of dollars annually for worthy causes, and now NBC and I have found an
amazing new leader to do just that,” Burnett said. “Gov. Schwarzenegger will
use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to
drive this hit franchise to new heights.”
The show — which according to NBC Universal has raised more than $15
million for charity — features celebrity contestants tackling various business-
related challenges, with one contestant being axed from the competition after
each episode until a winner is chosen.
Trump delivered the bad news personally with his signature “You’re
Past winners have included Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan, Bret Michaels and
“The Celebrity Apprentice” is a spinoff of “The Apprentice,” which
premiered in 2004 and features non-celebrity contestants competing in the same