The former California governor told CNN in a statement that he will not be returning to host the reality program, which was once hosted by President Donald Trump.
“I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. 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,” Schwarzenegger said in the statement.
NBC has not commented on Schwarzenegger’s decision. It has also not officially said whether it intends to pick up the show for another cycle.
Schwarzenegger’s decision comes after his debut season of the rebranded “Celebrity Apprentice” drew modest numbers for NBC. The series premiered
back in January with 4.9 million viewers.