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Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over for Trump on Celebrity Apprentice

2015-09-15 10:03

New York - Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will attempt to fill Donald Trump's shoes on The Celebrity Apprentice.

NBC announced on Monday that the movie star and two-term governor is the new host of the competition show, which will return to the network for the 2016 television season.

Trump made the show a success, with first regular folks and then celebrities competing in business-related tasks. In seven seasons, NBC said The Celebrity Apprentice has helped raise more than $15m for charity.

There's no word on whether Schwarzenegger will replace Trump's "you're fired" catchphrase with his own "you're terminated" but he is said to be  "honoured" to become the new host.

The 69-year-old entrepreneur, Donald Trump also took to Twitter to express his excitement for his successor.

The news of the 68-year-old actor's new appointment was confirmed by NBC, with executive producer Mark Burnett promising Arnold would bring the franchise to "new heights".

He said: "After leaving the show to run for political office, Donald made it clear that he wanted 'The Celebrity Apprentice' to be able to continue to raise millions of dollars annually for worthy causes, and now NBC and I have found an amazing new leader to do just that.

"Gov. Schwarzenegger will use his vast and highly successful business, political and media experience to drive this hit franchise to new heights."

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