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Arnold Schwarzenegger: I Won’t Be Back

Host Arnold Schwarzenegger poses after a panel for "The New Celebrity Apprentice" in Universal City, California, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Danny MoloshokHost Arnold Schwarzenegger poses after a panel for "The New Celebrity Apprentice" in Universal City, California, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Arnold Schwarzenegger will not return to host another season of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the actor and former governor told Empire in an exclusive interview Friday.

“I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity,” Schwarzenegger told Empire, “But under the circumstances I don’t want to do it again.”

Schwarzenegger referenced a recent report from The Wrap, which said six of the 12 companies that sponsored this season of “Celebrity Apprentice” will not return for the next season.

“It’s not about the show,” he told Empire. “When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people started boycotting it,” he said.

The former bodybuilder, actor and politician engaged in numerous Twitter spats with the president ever over the shows television ratings. “Celebrity Apprentice” is a spinoff of  “The Apprentice,” which is owned by NBC Universal. Trump spent 14 seasons as host of the series before announcing his candidacy fro president in June 2015.

“Even if asked, I would decline.” Schwarzenegger said. “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.”

“It’s a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division,” he explained.

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