“Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline.” Schwarzenegger said in an interview with Empire magazine. “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.”
Schwarzenegger added, “It’s not about the show… because everyone I ran into came up to me and said ‘I love the show… but I turned it off because as soon as I read Trump’s name I’m outta there!'”
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As Variety first reported, Trump has an executive producer credit on the show, even though he left his on-screen role when his presidential campaign began.
“NBC did everything they could to promote the show and [producer] Mark Burnett did a fantastic job,” Schwarzenegger told the magazine. “No one really knew that this was going to happen and I think that everyone was caught off guard.”
“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.”
A representative for Schwarzenegger confirmed the details of the interview.
The show has struggled in the ratings this season. Trump and Schwarzenegger have had a back-and-forth on Twitter over the show’s ratings.