In a move that should surprise no one, Arnold Schwarzenegger is making it clear that any (unlikely) future version of The Celebrity Apprentice will not include him.
The host, who subbed in for now-President Donald Trump only to find out later that he was still an executive producer on the show, announced via a Friday statement that he has left the embattled NBC reality show.
Reads the statement from Schwarzenegger, “I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone — form 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.”
Schwarzenegger is likely getting in front of the inevitable, as future seasons of any Apprentice series seem less and less plausible. On top of the cloud of Trump’s lingering involvement, and his very public discussions of the series that solidified his fame, the show’s ratings were in the tank. A NBC rep tells The Hollywood Reporter that no decision has been made about the future of the show, but there have been rumblings that longtime staffers have been told it’s safe to look for other work.