Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to his Terminator roots in the first clip for NBC’s The New Celebrity Apprentice, where he takes over for original host Donald Trump.
“Let’s get down to business,” the actor and former California governor deadpans to the camera after being assembled android-style by a group of automated machines that also light his cigar for him.
Schwarzenegger was announced as Trump’s replacement in September, shortly after the billionaire real estate magnate and now-Republican presidential nominee announced his candidacy. Trump had hosted the popular NBC show for more than a decade before announcing for the presidency in June.
In announcing Schwarzenegger as the new host, NBC’s Paul Telegdy called him “the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business.”
“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,” he added.
Trump congratulated Schwarzenegger on Twitter when the news first broke:
Congrats to my friend @Schwarzenegger who is doing next season’s Celebrity Apprentice. He'll be great & will raise lots of $ for charity.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2015
Trump may have been disappointed to learn that Schwarzenegger voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich in California’s Republican primary election.
The New Celebrity Apprentice premieres in January 2017.
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