On this Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 photo provided by NBC, Tyra Banks, from left, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger attending a press junket for “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” in Los Angeles.
UNIVERSAL CITY, California. – Arnold Schwarzenegger, the star of the new version of “Celebrity Apprentice,” is unfazed that President-elect Donald Trump has retained a producer of the bet in the show.
Schwarzenegger said Friday that it is just business, similar to his situation when he was governor of California and retained a screen credit and kept earning royalties for the “Terminator” movie.
“So, I think that this is a contract that he had and I think it’s great that he was part of the” Schwarzenegger said during a red carpet event for NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” which debuts Jan. 2.
Replacing Trump as the boss in the reality show’s boardroom means “big shoes to fill,” he added.
Members of the Cast, including Boy George, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Eric Dickerson to compete to raise money for the charity, advised by Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer and other financial heavyweights.
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On Thursday, a spokeswoman of “Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett confirmed that Trump will remain an executive producer on the latest edition of the long-running “Apprentice” franchise. The eight episodes ordered by NBC from MGM, where Burnett is chairman of the TV and the digital group, were taped last February.
Trump continued to benefit from a TV-series is yet another unprecedented aspect of the election of a businessman and reality star of the presidency, with questions about how he and his associates can cut with his presidential decisions. The extent of his involvement with “Learner” is unclear, including how much he earns. The show last aired in 2015, and with the Trump in the lead role.
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said Friday on CNN that his ties with the reality show judged by experts in search of the president-elect of the business ties. She compared Trump’s continued interest in the entertainment industry to President Barack Obama’s off-hours golfing.
“Presidents have the right to do things in their free time, in their free time, and nobody objects to that,” she said.
Tyra Banks, a consultant on the series, said Friday that she had just learned of Trump’s producer status, “so I’m still processing.”
TV personality Carrie Keagan, one of the participants, said the show belongs to a different boss now.
“It’s a brand new show,” she said. “It’s an Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is his brand. There was no mention of anything else when we started the show. And hopefully there will be no more talk about anything else after.”