Trump Says Schwarzenegger Didn't Quit NBC Show But Was Fired, Arnold Fights Back
Everyone knows that the 45th President of the United States (POTUS) doesn't shy away from feuds with celebrities he doesn't like, especially those who parody and antagonize him. Then again, celebrities don't back away from the new POTUS' criticism either.
One of President Donald Trump's more amusing and unforgettable feuds is with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who — at the time he took over the NBC show — gave a funny response to Trump over Twitter after the president asked diplomats and lawmakers to pray for him and his bad ratings in "Celebrity Apprentice." Now that Schwarzenegger split from the NBC show, citing the president as his main reason for doing so, Trump has also something to say about it.
Schwarzenegger Terminates Ties With The Show
In an interview on March 3, Schwarzenegger confirmed the rumors that Celebrity Apprentice has been losing viewers and sponsors ever since people learned that Donald Trump was still connected to the NBC show as Executive Producer. The actor even said that, despite all the hard work exerted by the other people involved in the show, it just would not be able to recover that quickly as long as Trump was involved.
"No one really knew that this was going to happen and I think that everyone was caught off guard [...] With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show [...] I think this show got caught up in all that division," Schwarzenegger said.
Of course, Trump didn't like what his Celebrity Apprentice replacement had to say and took a break from being the President to address the "false" claim.
Trump Fires Back
On March 4, after various Tweets claiming former President Barack Obama wiretapped him, Trump addressed Schwarzenegger claim that he was the reason for the show's troubles to assert that the actor was actually fired for his "pathetic ratings."
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't voluntarily leaving the Apprentice, he was fired by his bad (pathetic) ratings, not by me. Sad end to great show
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Before Schwarzenegger could even reply, someone already reminded the president of his own speech at the Joint Session of Congress on Feb. 28, especially the part regarding trivial fights.
Remember, Trump told Congress "the time for trivial fights is behind us." Now he begins a new trivial fight. This guy can't control himself. https://t.co/246t0oPRnW — Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 4, 2017
Schwarzenegger Has The Last Laugh
Less than an hour since Trump tweeted that Schwarzenegger did not voluntarily leave Celebrity Apprentice but was actually fired from the show, the actor finally responded with a witty suggestion.
You should think about hiring a new joke writer and a fact checker. https://t.co/SvAjuPdHfa
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 4, 2017
So far, Trump has no response to Schwarzeneggerr. We will all just have to wait and see if the president still has anything up his sleeve in this fight.