Arnold Schwarzenegger is officially taking over the boardroom on “The New Celebrity Apprentice”. With president elect Donald Trump’s new position as commander in chief, Schwarzenegger not only is the man in charge of the game show but he has also promised a new catch phrase. President elect Donald Trump will still have control over the show as the executive producer but he won’t interfere with any changes Arnold may continue to have.
“I think it’s perfectly fine that he has executive producer credit because he created the show with Mark Burnett together, so why should his credit go?” the former California governor told TODAY’s Matt Lauer. “He made it very clear that he has no interest in being involved. It is now my show, I’m the host, I’m the new boss and I’m going to run this show.”
Schwarzenegger said Trump played a big role in getting him on the NBC program, joking it had to do with one of the famous campaign promises the president-elect made on the trail. “He was part of the negotiations, so I get millions of dollars for hosting the show, but NBC doesn’t have to pay for it — Trump makes Mexico pay for it!” he said. “I mean, isn’t that great?”
Schwarzenegger, who is also a Republican, doesn’t mind working for Trump, even though he did not vote for the president elect. But Arnold does say “now he’s elected, and now it is very important that we all support the president, and that we all come together and we stop whining and it becomes one nation”.
Asked whether he will put his own touch on the show’s history of using “You’re fired!” to celebrities who lose on the show, Schwarzenegger said he’s toying with several options, mostly lines from his famous movies.
“It could be ‘You’re terminated.’ Or, ‘Hasta la vista, baby.’ Or ‘Hit the road,’ or ‘Consider this a divorce,’ or ‘Get to the chopper,'” he said. “It could be anything, it could any of those things.”
You catch the new season of “The New Celebrity Apprentice” January 2 at 8/7c on NBC