Arnold Schwarzenegger breaks silence on Trump

The new host of Celebrity Apprentice said he doesn't mind Trump staying on as executive producer

Snoop Dogg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Esteban Nunez, Luis Santos, Stanley “Tookie” Williams,

Arnie in the Dogg House

Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the new version of Celebrity Apprentice has defended President-elect Donald Trump after he has announced he will retain a producer’s stake in the show.

Schwarzenegger said that it’s just business, and compared Trump’s situation to when he became California’s governor and retained a screen credit and kept earning royalties for the Terminator movie.

“So, I think this is a contract that he had and I think it’s great that he was part of it,” Schwarzenegger said during a red-carpet event for NBC’s The New Celebrity Apprentice.

Replacing Trump as boss in the reality show’s boardroom meant “big shoes to fill,” he added.

Cast members including Boy George, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Eric Dickerson compete to raise money for charity, advised by Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer and other financial heavy-weights.

A spokeswoman for Apprentice creator Mark Burnett confirmed that Trump remains an executive producer on the latest edition of the long-running Apprentice franchise. The eight episodes ordered by NBC from MGM, where Burnett is president of its TV and digital group, were taped last February.

Trump’s continued profit from a TV series is yet another unprecedented aspect of the election of a businessman and reality star to the presidency, with questions raised about how his holdings may intersect with his presidential decisions. The extent of his involvement with Apprentice is unclear, including how much he earns from it. The show last aired in 2015, and with Trump starring.