Arnold Schwarzenegger got out of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ because it was associated with Donald Trump — but the next host could be a shoe in, because of his relationship with the president.
Harvey Levin, the founder of TMZ, reportedly met up with Donald Trump last Tuesday or Wednesday at the Oval Office, Entity.com is reporting, and while they discussed a plethora of topics, we know one that was on the table: The Celebrity Apprentice.
“Harvey talked to the President over many different topics, one that included Donald wanting Harvey to host a future version of Celebrity Apprentice if it were to ever come back. Harvey has been gloating about it to certain people in the TMZ offices,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com exclusively.
Host Arnold Schwarzenegger quit the show on March 3, citing that with Trump as an executive producer, he didn’t want to be associated with it. “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,” he told Empire magazine. It’s a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division.”
Of course almost immediately after bowing out and releasing a full statement citing the “baggage” as being too much, Trump took to his favorite outlet, Twitter, to claim that the governor was actually fired from the 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,” he wrote.
The back and forth between Schwarzenegger and Trump has been ongoing, with Donald even praying for the show’s ratings during the Feb. 2 National Prayer. “They hired a big, big movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to take my place, and we know how that turned out. The ratings went right down the tubes. It’s been a total disaster. And Mark will never, ever bet against Trump again. And I want to just pray for Arnold, if we can, for those ratings,” he said at the time.
HollywoodLifers, do you want to see Harvey host Celebrity Apprentice?