Donald Trump will continue to be involved with ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ even when he’s President

Being the leader of the free world won't stop the President-elect from his commitment to reality TV

Donald Trump is set to continue his involvement in the production of the US reality television show The Celebrity Apprentice even after he takes office as US President next year.

Trump has been involved with the celebrity version of the show – a spin-off of the original, which pits a group of business hopefuls against one another in a series of challenges in order to receive a one-year, $250,000 business contract – since its inception in 2008, acting as host.

While Trump will not host the show for the first time next year – he will be replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger for the upcoming fifteenth season, which has been rebranded as The New Celebrity Apprentice – the President-elect will continue to serve as an executive producer on the show, which airs on NBC in the US.

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The New Celebrity Apprentice premieres on January 2, and Variety reports that Trump’s name will appear second in the credits after series creator Mark Burnett.

Trump’s transition spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, confirmed the President-elect’s continued involvement in the show, telling members of the press: “Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett. Additional details regarding his business interests will be shared December 15th.” 

NBC had initially cut ties with Trump in June 2015 following a number of controversial statements made by the President-elect during his campaign announcement.