Arnold Schwarzenegger is the new host of Celebrity Apprentice, it has been announced.
The actor and former California governor now replaces Donald Trump, who had to give up his hosting responsibilities in order to run for the presidency of the United States.
In a statement on Monday, the show’s executive producer Mark Burnett said, ‘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. Gov. Schwarzenegger will use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to drive this hit franchise to new heights.’
Reacting to the announcement, Schwarzenegger said in his own statement, ‘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.’
On his own part, Trump has since congratulated his successor, tweeting shortly after the news broke, ‘Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season’s Celebrity Apprentice. He’ll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity.’
‘To all my fans, sorry I couldn’t do The Apprentice any longer—but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. Love!’ he added.