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Arnold Schwarzenegger replaces Donald Trump on NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice

By Stephen Lepitak | -

September 14, 2015 | 3 min read

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been announced as the successor to Donald Trump as the main star of the celebrity version of The Apprentice.

The Hollywood actor and former governor of California has been hired by NBC to take over the reins of the reality business game show for the next series.

Trump was fired following his comments about Mexican immigrants as part of his Republican presidential election campaign.

“We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise,” commented Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming for NBC Entertainment. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold’s personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today’s audiences, that made him the man to hire. The Celebrity Apprentice … will be back!"

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Schwarzenegger added: “I have always been a huge fan of The Celebrity Apprentice and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork...I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started!”

Speculation has already begun to spread that instead of renewing Trump's famous catchphrase "You're fired", Schwarzenegger will instead use the line "You're Terminated!"

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