Donald Trump slams Arnold Schwarzenegger over 'New Celebrity Apprentice' ratings
UPI News Service, 01/06/2017
Donald Trump called out Arnold Schwarzenegger on social media on Friday over lower ratings his former reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice" received with the actor at the helm.
"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT," the president-elect wrote on Twitter referencing the show's high ratings was when he was host.
"So much for being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary," he continued about how the former California governor and noted Republican did not support him during the election.
According to Entertainment Weekly, "The New Celebrity Apprentice" lost nearly half its 18-49 adults demo rating compared to the previous season from two years ago.
Notably, Trump maintains an executive producer credit on the program. Schwarzenegger has stated previously, however, that the hotel mogul and now president-elect would have no effect on the show.
"The Terminator" star responded to Trump's criticism on Twitter, writing, "There's nothing more important than the people's work," followed by "I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings."
Schwarzenegger then shared a video where he quoted Abraham Lincoln and asked to become friends with Trump now that the election is over.
"We are not enemies. We are neighbors, we are friends and most importantly we are all Americans and we have a lot of work to do to keep America great. So let's do it, and let's do it together."
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