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FILE - In this April 4, 2011 file photo, Austrian-American actor and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, poses for photographers during the International Television Programme Market (MIPTV) in Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, file)

Arnold Schwarzenegger was chosen as Trump's 'Celebrity Apprentice' replacement


Arnold Schwarzenegger may not have been tapped to be in President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet, but he has been chosen to serve as the next host of "Celebrity Apprentice," according to USA Today

Schwarzenegger, who previously served as California's governor, will serve as host of the 15th edition of the NBC show, which has been retitled "The News Celebrity Apprentice." 

Schwarzenegger started out as a bodybuilding champion and later transitioned into acting. After leaving politics in 2011, he returned to acting. 

Schwarzenegger met with this season's 16 celebrity competitors and reporters last January before filming started, according to USA Today. 

"Celebrity Apprentice" was pulled into the controversy surrounding Trump's campaign after the 2005 "Access Hollywood" clip of Trump making sexist comments to Billy Bush surfaced. Soon after, reporters began asking for unedited "Apprentice" taped to see if Trump had made any other off-hand remarks.  

The show's executive producer never released any tapes. 

As for the show's signature dismissal line, Schwarzenegger hasn't confirmed whether he will stick with "You're fired." 

This season's celebrity competitors range from "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to boxing champ Laila Ali. 

The new season will premiere Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. 

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