As well as being one of the most iconic movie stars of all time, Arnold Schwarzenegger is no stranger to the world of politics and business. Having served as Governor of California from 2003 to 2011, Schwarzenegger then turned his attentions back to his acting career - and at 68 years young, recently made an attempt to revive the Terminator franchise by starring in Terminator Genisys.
Today, it was announced that Schwarzenegger will branch out into reality TV, by replacing Donald Trump as the host of Celebrity Apprentice. The billionaire business mogul turned presidential candidate was fired from the show back in June, following controversial remarks made about immigrants during the early days of his campaign.
Trump was among the first to congratulate Schwarzenegger via Twitter, stating that “He’ll be great and will raise lots of $ for charity.” Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger himself released the following statement about his new appointment:
"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!"
Executive Producer Mark Burnett said that Trump had made it clear he wanted the show to continue and indeed he seems to be on better terms with NBC now; having settled their legal differences, Trump made an appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show (hosted by Jimmy Fallon) last week, at the time of writing this.
Burnett later added: “Gov. Schwarzenegger will use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to drive this hit franchise to new heights." Meanwhile, Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment, gave the following statement:
“Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today’s audiences, that made him the man to hire. The Celebrity Apprentice … will be back!”
Overall the hiring has been greeted favourably. Though his recent films might not have won the critics over (Termiator Genisys was largely panned), Schwarzenegger is still a box office pull, and Geniysis grossed a very respectable $440 million worldwide. He is well liked and admired, and it seems as though NBC have made a smart move in securing him for the new Celebrity Apprentice series, which will air in 2016.
The only question we all want the answer to is, what will his catchphrase be? Hasta la Vista? You’re Terminated? There’s so many to choose from...
Source: NBC/Arnold Schwarzenegger