On Friday Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he would not be returning to “Celebrity Apprentice.” “I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity, but under the circumstances I don’t want to do it again,” the host told Empire magazine.
Now, Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to weigh in on Schwarzenegger’s decision to leave the NBC reality competition show. “Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t voluntarily leaving the ‘Apprentice,’ he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show,” Trump tweeted early Saturday morning.
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
And then came Schwarzenegger’s response. “You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker,” he Tweeted.
You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker. https://t.co/SvAjuPdHfa
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 4, 2017
During his interview with Empire, Schwarzenegger said his decision to leave the show had to do with the fact that Trump is still one of the executive producers. “It’s not about the show, because everyone I ran into came up to me and said ‘I love the show… but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump’s name I’m outta there!'”, the actor said. “Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline. 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.”
Dubbed “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” the eighth season of the show aired from January 2 to February 13.