NBC has replaced a racist with a womanizer.
After announcing this summer that Donald Trump would not return as host of Celebrity Apprentice (due to his whole most-Mexicans-are-rapists thing), the network confirmed today Arnold Schwarzenegger will lead the reality show when it returns early next year.
Yes, the same Arnold Schwarzenegger who cheated on his wife; impregnated his housekeeper; nearly ran California into bankruptcy as governor; and who starred in The Last Stand.
"We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the Apprentice franchise," Paul Telegdy, president of alternative and late night programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement.
"Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves.
"It was Arnold's personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today's audiences, that made him the man to hire."
And then, because Telegdy simply could not help himself, he added:
"The Celebrity Apprentice … will be back!"
Schwarzenegger, meanwhile, chimed in himself via statement and added:
"I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let’s get started!"
No premiere date has been announced for Celebrity Apprentice, but NBC vows it will be part of its 2016-2017 lineup.