New Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke with Today Thursday morning about the role President-elect Donald Trump will have on the show.
There was huge uproar when it was discovered that President-elect Trump would still serve as executive producer on The Celebrity Apprentice, which he co-created with reality TV mogul Mark Burnett. However, Schwarzenegger continues to assure Americans that Trump isn't involved with the show's production.
Schwarzenegger spoke more about this on Today Thursday, telling host Matt Lauer that while he appreciates the type of advice Trump would be able to give him, the future president simply wouldn't have the time to devote to serving as an advisor.
"I think it's perfectly fine that he will have the executive producer credit because he created the show with Mark Burnett together. So why should his credit go?" Schwarzenegger said. "But he made it very clear that he has no interest in being involved. It is now my show. I am the host. I am the new boss, and I'm going to run this show. But any time I'm advised [by anyone], I would take [the] advice."
Schwarzenegger also stated that he hopes Americans can get behind Trump as their new leader and hope for success.
"Now he is elected, and it's very important that we all support the president, that we all come together and we stop whining and it becomes one nation. As Obama said many years ago, it's not blue states and red states - it's the United States of America," Schwarzenegger said. "And this is exactly what I feel about Trump, and that's what I felt about Obama or anybody. When somebody is elected, you get 100 percent behind them and you try to help them shape the future of the country."
The new reality host dodged one of Lauer's questions about whether the president also serving as executive producer on The Celebrity Apprentice sounded right to him, joking, "Well, what was great about it was part of the negotiation. I mean, I get millions of dollars for hosting the show, but NBC doesn't have to pay for it. Trump makes Mexico pay for it."
The New Celebrity Apprentice debuts Monday, Jan. 2 at 8/7c on NBC.