NBC’s next crop of Celebrity Apprentice candidates better be careful because they may face more than a firing this time around – they may get “Terminated”. President of late night programming at NBC, Paul Telegdy, announced that film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger will be taking over the role from US presidential candidate Donald Trump when the show returns late next year.
“We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the ‘Apprentice’ franchise”, Telegdy commented. “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”.
Executive producer Mark Burnett confirmed that Trump was happy for the reality show to continue on without him whether he wins the next presidential race or not. Burnett stated that “after leaving the show to run for political office, Donald made it clear that he wanted ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ to be able to continue to raise millions of dollars annually for worthy causes, and now NBC and I have found an amazing new leader to do just that. Gov. Schwarzenegger will use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to drive this hit franchise to new heights”.
With the new season airing late next year, we will have to wait and see what the new era of Celebrity Apprentice will look like, but with Schwarzenegger at the helm, it’ll be a hell of a ride.