President Trump is rubbing salt in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to quit as host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” saying the Hollywood star was “fired” by ratings.
“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.
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
Schwarzenegger on Friday said his first season hosting “Apprentice” as Trump’s replacement will also be his last.
In remarks Friday, the former California governor cited President Trump, who has repeatedly mocked the ratings of his reality TV replacement, as his reason.
“Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,” Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine . "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.”
“With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period right now and I think the show got caught up in all that division."
Schwarzenegger's ratings as host of "Apprentice" have lagged far behind Trump's, finishing the season last in its time slot among the four broadcast networks.
Despite still serving as executive producer, Trump has more than once mocked the drop in viewership.
"Now compare him to my season 1," Trump tweeted in January. "But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary."
Schwarzenegger spoke out against Trump during last year's campaign and has sharply criticized his travel ban, saying the executive order "makes us look stupid."
Last month, after the president pointed out the drop in "Apprentice" ratings during his comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, the former Republican governor responded on Twitter.
"Hey Donald, I have a great idea," Schwarzenegger said. "You take over TV, because you're such an expert in ratings, and I take over your job. And then people can finally sleep comfortable again. Hmm?"