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Arnie replaces Trump on Celebrity Apprentice.

NEW YORK, Sept 14, 2015 (AFP) – Actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (pic) will replace Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” broadcaster NBC said Monday.NBC announced last night that Schwarzenegger will host the business-based reality show during the 2016-2017 TV season, replacing Trump, who is now focusing on his Presidential campaign. “We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise,” NBC’s Paul Telegdy said in a 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 [creator] 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.He replaces Donald Trump — who either resigned or was canned himself, depending on who you talk to, after beginning his bombastic run for the White House. The network severed its ties with Trump in late June, declining to broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants which he and NBC co-owned, due to his controversial comments on Mexican immigrants.

A mob of fans wanted a handshake or a photo — a tableau reminiscent of a Hollywood premiere, albeit with horse manure on a dirt path rather than movie stars on a red carpet. The Celebrity Apprentice… will be back!” NBC announced in July that it will no longer do business with Trump following his widely-criticised comments about Mexican immigrants. No word on which celebrities will try to curry Arnold’s favor — or whether he’ll change the Donald’s catch phrase, “You’re fired,” to “Hasta la vista, baby.”

The program is a variation of its predecessor “The Apprentice,” and places well-known figures in competitions that test their business acumen and entrepreneurship, all the while helping raise money for charity. “Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season’s Celebrity Apprentice. As governor for two terms, Schwarzenegger managed “more than 300,000 state employees and a state budget in the hundreds of billions,” the press release said. “He has successfully invested in both real estate and sports franchises, and is known to millions globally for his starring role in the Terminator film franchise.

An NBC spokeswoman said neither Schwarzenegger nor any executives at the network would comment beyond a news release, and they did not say when the first episode with the new host would be broadcast. Rob Stutzman, a GOP consultant from Sacramento who happened to be in Des Moines, witnessed the scene and experienced flashbacks to the hordes his client, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, encountered during his unlikely bid for California governor during the 2003 recall election. Let’s get started!” Fans will have to wait a while longer before they see the action hero on screen though, as Arnold will make his debut on the 2016-17 season. For NBC and executive producer Mark Burnett, whose production company controls the “Apprentice” format, the Schwarzenegger move could amount to a good way to reinvigorate a signature show after a period of turmoil. “Celebrity Apprentice” had “seemed to be waning both in terms of ratings and cultural impact,” said Tom Nunan, a film and TV producer who teaches at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television.

The men’s decades in the spotlight reveal similarities between what propelled the action star into the governor’s office in 2003, and the force pushing the business mogul to the top of the polls in the 2016 race for the GOP presidential nomination. (In a fitting bit of symmetry, it was announced Monday that Schwarzenegger would replace Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice,” an NBC reality show.) “Both of them are very skilled at using their celebrity to attract public and media attention,” said Dan Schnur, director of USC’s Jesse M. There’s no phrase on whether or not Schwarzenegger will exchange Trump’s “you’re fired!” catchphrase together with his personal “you’re terminated.” He’ll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity,” Donald wrote on Twitter before adding: “To all my fans, sorry I couldn’t do The Apprentice any longer—but equal time (presidential run) prohibits me from doing so. This is a win all the way around for NBC.” “The Apprentice,” the predecessor program that enlisted ambitious young people vying to become a Trump lieutenant, was a smash hit after its January 2004 premiere.

Trump, on the other hand, uses outlandish policy statements to leverage interest in himself.” Schwarzenegger and Trump have a flair for theatrics that play well on the evening news. Love! (sic).” Arnold also took to social media, explaining he was “blown away” by all the support he had received from his fans since the announcement was made. It may be Schwarzenegger won’t be the only star with his name on TV: Last week, his son, actor/model Patrick Schwarzenegger, 21, was announced as a new member of the cast of horror-comedy Scream Queens, according to the show’s executive producer Ryan Murphy. After six seasons, NBC transformed the program into “Celebrity Apprentice,” a more campy spinoff that had Trump staring down the likes of comic Gilbert Gottfried, actor Gary Busey and the late Joan Rivers.

Besides Apprentice, the network and the real-estate mogul also shared ownership of the Miss Universe Organization, including the annual Miss Universe pageant. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Both tapped a vein of discontent among disaffected voters: Schwarzenegger won over Californians who were angry at the energy crisis that resulted in rolling blackouts, and those with a growing distrust of Sacramento politicians’ ability to handle the state’s mounting fiscal problems. But the recall offered circumstances that gave Schwarzenegger’s political aspirations a boost — no primary, a condensed 60-day campaign window, and a weak field of rivals. Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a USC professor and political analyst, said Schwarzenegger, who ran as a Republican, made a more energetic government response to climate change and the environment the cornerstone of his political legacy.

Focus groups conducted at the start of the race found that voters did not take Schwarzenegger seriously, said Darry Sragow, a veteran consultant who was advising Democrat John Garamendi at the time. Schwarzenegger spent the first half of the campaign doing intense homework about issues such as the state’s economy, energy problems and political reform opportunities, said Joe Rodota, the campaign’s policy director. Shortly before the election in 2003, The Times published accounts by six women that the movie star groped them without their consent, including three who claimed he grabbed their breasts. On the campaign trail, he offers broad policy strokes — building a wall on the Mexican border, bombing “the hell” out of Iraqi oil fields held by Islamic State — and boasts of his negotiating skills rather than delivering detailed plans. In 2011, The Times revealed that Schwarzenegger had years before fathered a child with an employee who worked in the home he shared with then-wife Maria Shriver.

Asked during an interview where he gets his military policy advice, Trump said by watching “the shows.” One of the men he later named as a “go-to” national security advisor said he had never discussed policy with Trump. “The hurdle an Arnold Schwarzenegger had to clear or a Donald Trump has to clear is the jump from being a lightning rod for totally disaffected voters to being taken seriously,” Sragow said, and that’s “one that is not easy to make.” He later called the split his “biggest failure.” “Advertisers love Arnold,” Nunan said. “He’s known as a ‘four-quadrant celebrity’ — meaning that he appeals to … all key demographics: families, single people, young folks and older people. “He’s a legitimate movie star and an internationally known brand.

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