NBC has landed a huge name to replace Donald Trump as host of Celebrity Apprentice. Former California governor and international movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger will take over the reality franchise, NBC announced Monday.
“We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise,” said Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment. “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!”
Celebrity Apprentice will return for the 2016–17 television season with Schwarzenegger as “CEO.”