“I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett,” said Schwarzenegger in a recent statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone — from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department — was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn’t have this baggage.”
Ever since Schwarzenegger had replaced Donald Trump as host for the game show’s latest season, which has been renamed New Celebrity Apprentice, they have sparred with one another publicly.
After the show’s season premiere last January, Trump mocked Schwarzenegger, claiming the host was “swamped” as well as “destroyed” in contrast to himself, the self-claimed “ratings machine, DJT” (referring to himself).
Schwarzenegger later replied, and said in a tweet: “There’s nothing more important than the people’s work, @realDonaldTrump. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you’ll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.”
The previous California governor and Republican who refused an endorsement for Trump last year as he ran for president, also spoke out against the president’s most recent and widely-controversial order that banned citizens from certain Muslim-majority nations from given entrance to the US, stating that the order “was vetted badly” and “makes us look stupid.”
Recently, Schwarzenegger spoke to Men’s Journal and said that he would like to hit Trump.
“I called my assistant and said, ‘I think what we really should do is request a meeting and go back to New York. And then we just smash his face into the table,’ ” said the actor regarding a moment after Trump insulting his ratings. “And then I think we can’t do that either. I think I have to be above all of that and put him on the spot.’ ”
Saturday, Trump, who retained his position as producer on the reality show, said that he thinks Schwarzenegger didn’t leave the show voluntarily as he reported, but was actually “fired” for his “bad ratings.”