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LOS ANGELES - Arnold Schwarzenegger is quitting his role as host of NBC's reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice," blaming US President Donald Trump's ongoing role as executive producer for low ratings.
Action movie star Schwarzenegger took over as host of "Celebrity Apprentice" last year, and his first season, which premiered in January, has been watched by around 4 to 5 million viewers.
"I loved every second of working with NBC and Mark Burnett. Everyone - from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department - was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage," Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
The actor's representative said Schwarzenegger would not be returning for a second season.