Schwarzenegger to replace Trump as host of “The Celebrity Apprentice”

“Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be the new host of NBC’s reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” replacing Donald Trump.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) – “Terminator” star Arnold Schwarzenegger will be the new host of NBC’s reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the network said on Monday (September 14), replacing Donald Trump who quit the show to run for U.S. president.

Schwarzenegger, 68, who returned to movie making after ending his second term as California governor in 2011, will take over when the show returns in the 2016-17 season, NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, said in a statement.

NBC said Schwarzenegger had ideas for “a fresh take” on the show, in which celebrities compete with each other on business tasks while raising money for charities.

Trump, who coined the catch phrase “You’re fired,” stepped down from the show earlier this year because he decided to run as Republican candidate for U.S. president in 2016. He is currently leading opinion polls.

Schwarzenegger said he was a huge fan of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’.

The Austrian-born action hero and former bodybuilder has released a handful of movies since returning to the entertainment industry, but few have had the box office success he enjoyed in the 1980s and 1990s with films like “Conan the Barbarian” and “The Terminator.”

His latest outing “Terminator: Genisys,” released in July, brought in a disappointing $90 million at the North American box office but fared much better overseas with about $350 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com