Arnold Schwarzenegger to take over from Donald Trump on ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’

Arnie will lead the business-based reality show during the 2016-2017 TV season

Arnold Schwarzenegger is to take over from Donald Trump on The Celebrity Apprentice.

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. 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. The mogul, who had hosted The Celebrity Apprentice since it launched in 2008, took to Twitter last night to wish his successor well.

Previous winners of The Celebrity Apprentice, which features eight famous faces competing to raise money for charity, include Piers Morgan, Poison singer Bret Michaels and the late Joan Rivers. Following last night’s announcement, Schwarzenegger tweeted to his 3.5 million followers: “Wow. I’m blown away and honored by all your tweets. I can’t wait to bring my experience to the board room & raise millions for charity.”