Schwarzenegger blamed the show's "baggage" for his decision to leave
Arnold Schwarzenegger has quit The New Celebrity Apprentice with a parting shot at the show's former presenter Donald Trump.
The Hollywood star revealed he was leaving the US programme after just one series following dire ratings and a number of high-profile spats with the president, who remains an executive producer.
Schwarzenegger blamed the show's "baggage" for his decision to leave and accused Mr Trump of driving away viewers with his continued involvement, which left a "bad taste".
In an interview with Empire he said people "don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show".
He added: "It's a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division."
In January, Trump taunted the former California governor over the show's latest series in a tweet.
He referred to himself as a "ratings machine" and said Schwarzenegger had been "swamped" by comparison.
Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got "swamped" (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2017
Schwarzenegger's comeback came a few hours later - with the star striking a diplomatic and measured tone. "I wish you the best of luck and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings," he added.
He tweeted Donald Trump one last time, asking him to watch a video of a recital of a President Lincoln quote, which goes "We are not enemies, but friends."
President Trump later said the show had been a "total disaster" since Schwarzenegger took over, with the actor responding in an Instagram video by suggesting they should switch jobs.
In a statement on Friday, Schwarzenegger said: "I loved every second of working with NBC and (executive producer) 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."