When Donald Trump left NBC’s “The Apprentice” to pursue the presidency, the network scrambled to find a new host to fill his shoes. Bodybuilder, actor, and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was tapped to take the reins, but that was before skeletons began falling out of NBC’s closet, or bus, if you will.
Since Schwarzenegger was named as host, a 2005 videotape of Donald Trump and now former NBC personality Billy Bush engaging in “locker room talk” on an “Access Hollywood” bus has emerged. Many sexual assault allegations aimed at Trump have also come to light in the year since “The Governator” was named the new host.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all of this bad news has executives concerned about relaunching the show in January with a host who has his own controversial history with women.
Schwarzenegger was accused of sexual assault by multiple women before his election in 2003. Three women accused him of groping, and another said he put his hand up her skirt and grabbed her rear end.
“I don’t remember things that I’ve done or said 20 years ago. I don’t remember things that I’ve done 30 years ago. And I said that many of the things that are in there are not true because that’s not my behavior,” he said at the time. “And then other things may be true, and in case it is, that’s why I said I want to apologize if I offended anyone, because that was not my intention.”
Schwarzenegger’s past made headlines again in 2011, when it was revealed he fathered a son with his housekeeper while he was married to NBC journalist Maria Shriver.
The new season of “The Apprentice” has already been shot. The network is reportedly waiting until after the election to determine how it will market and release the reality show.