Arnold Schwarzenegger Replies Donald Trump’s Ratings Diss With Roast Of His Own...

Arnold Schwarzenegger Replies Donald Trump’s Ratings Diss With Roast Of His Own [TWEETS]

By Associate Editor | The Trent on January 7, 2017
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Donald Trump roasting his enemies is nothing new. He’s quite literally made a career out of it. But on Friday, January 6, 2017, he got bested by the new boss of the new Celebrity Apprentice.

While the phrase “epic own” gets thrown around on the internet like a hot potato these days, it seems like a pretty good descriptor for what Arnold Schwarzenegger did here.

In a series of tweets, Trump said that Schwarzenegger “got ‘swamped’ (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine DJT.”

Slamming Schwarzenegger is an odd move, considering Trump has kept the title of the executive producer for the NBC reality series.

Schwarzenegger debuted as the host of Trump’s former hit series on Monday. The new series premiere averaged 4.9 million viewers.

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Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger attend the Q&A for NBC’s ” The New Celebrity Apprentice” at the NBC Universal Lot on December 9, 2016 in Universal City, California. | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

When the show debuted in 2004, Trump’s “The Apprentice” was a ratings smash-hit. 18.5 million viewers tuned into its premiere episode.

But what Trump left out in his tweet calling himself a “ratings machine” is that by the time his run as host ended, ratings had fallen precipitously. 6.5 million viewers tuned in two years ago to Trump’s final season premiere as host — 1.6 million more than for Schwarzenegger’s premiere, true, but 12 million less than the first season.

Trump himself offered a possible explanation for his trashing a show that he could still be making money from, writing, “who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”

Schwarzenegger, the Republican former governor of California, backed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Republican primary and said in October that he could not support Trump in the general election.

Considering the historical ratings of “Celebrity Apprentice,” let’s hope he works a bit more aggressively than that.

Hattip to CNN, HuffPost

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