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Arnold Schwarzenegger Fires Back at Trump Give a S*** about Your New Job

1/6/2017 7:21 AM PST

0106-arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-TMZ-05Arnold Schwarzenegger just fired back at Donald Trump, calling out his priorities and commitment to making America great again.

Arnold is clearly reacting to Trump's blustery tweet, in which he says Schwarzenegger got creamed in 'Celebrity Apprentice' ratings when you compare them to what the Prez-elect got in his debut.  

Schwarzenegger just responded, by tweeting, "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."

As we reported, the reality is Trump got huge ratings for his debut, but by his last season his rating for 'Celeb Apprentice' was roughly the same as Arnold's debut.

Arnold followed up with, "There's nothing more important than the people's work." Translation -- you shouldn't be involved in a ratings war.

After the election, Arnold posted a video quoting Abraham Lincoln calling for unity. Apparently, message not received well. 

Donald Trump Trashes Arnold Over 'Celebrity Apprentice'

1/6/2017 6:20 AM PST

0106-arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-TMZ-03Donald Trump trashed Arnold Schwarzenegger over the debut of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' ... and it appears to have more to do with the presidential election than the show.

Trump just tweeted Arnold got "swamped (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT." He goes on, "So much for 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." 

But here's the thing. True enough, Trump scored a rating of around 18 in season 1 of the show, and Arnold's show came in at a 4.9. But what Trump didn't say ... the ratings on his show took a nosedive and in his last season, 2 years ago, he scored right around a 6 rating.  

Trump clearly has bad blood ... according to his deal, he actually profits if Arnold's show does well.

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'Celeb Apprentice' Crew Broke Up Boy George, Vince Neil Fight ... Says Chael Sonnen

1/6/2017 6:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Boy George vs. Vince Neil war on 'Celebrity Apprentice' was VERY REAL and almost came to blows on set ... so says Chael Sonnen.

The MMA legend (and 'Celeb Apprentice' co-star) joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 and told us it all went down when George (a recovering alcoholic) confronted Vince for drinking wine in the studio during a challenge and Vince didn't take kindly to it. 

"Those guys had real-life heat," Sonnen said ... "They had a real life confrontation. It was a fight. It was verbal but it was escalating very quickly."

Sonnen told us it appeared the two were about to get in a fist fight ... and that's when  production rushed in and shut everything down to break it up. 

"Production thought it was too hot for TV. They came in, turned their microphones off and shut the cameras down."

Sonnen says he was PISSED the scene didn't make the show -- saying producers missed a HUGE opportunity. 

He's a fighter. He likes fights. 

Donald Trump Drop 'Apprentice' Talk ... I'm Spending 'Zero Time' On It

12/10/2016 8:38 AM PST
Breaking News

1210-donald-trump-tmz-01Donald Trump is trying to shut down all the buzz about him being an executive producer of "Celebrity Apprentice" while he's in the White House.

The Prez elect said, "I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mar B & have a big stake in it. Will devote ZERO TIME!" 

Trump's tweet echoed exactly what TMZ reported -- back in September he told Harvey Levin his involvement was purely financial.

Trump also singled out CNN for reporting he'd be working on the reality show, dismissing it as "FAKE NEWS!"

On a more amusing note, during a rally in Baton Rouge ... he questioned the honor Time Magazine gave him this week. Clearly, there's still a little campaign trail Trump left in the future President. 

Donald Trump Stake in 'Apprentice' Continues … But So What?

12/9/2016 8:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump told Harvey Levin back in September, as one of the creators of "The Apprentice" ... he had a lifetime deal with the show whether he was on it or not.

We were told, then and now, any involvement he might have in the show ceases when he becomes President, other than the title "executive producer" and his paycheck.

Levin asked Trump, while shooting the TV special "OBJECTified: Donald Trump," if he was rooting for Arnold, and Trump made it clear he wants the show to succeed.

Sources connected to the show tell us, Trump had no involvement in the most recent installment with Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and sources connected with Trump tell us he'll have no involvement as long as he is President.

As one source put it, “This is a non story. Presidents don’t cancel preexisting business deals when they get elected. They simply disengage from the decision-making process. Jimmy Carter didn't sell his peanut farm."

'Celeb Apprentice' Richard Hatch Trump 'Slides Up' On Women ... And Melania Knows It

10/20/2016 12:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

"Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Richard Hatch says he witnessed Donald Trump's lewd conduct with women repeatedly, and anyone claiming differently -- including his family -- is full of it.

Hatch, who famously won the first "Survivor" crown before working closely with Donald on 'Apprentice' ... says the boss made a habit of getting close to women as soon as they walked in the room. He adds ... Trump never took the hint either when they'd try to shake him.

Richard says he didn't witness the incident recently reported about Gary Busey allegedly groping a female staffer while Trump laughed. But he says he wouldn't be surprised if Donald and producers looked the other way, since they loved having his "crazy" on the show.

He also says Melania claiming others are "egging on" Trump's behavior ... is pure fantasy.

Marlee Matlin IF Trump's 'Retarded' Allegation is True ... My Vote Will Be My Revenge

10/14/2016 12:46 PM PDT
Exclusive Details

1014-marlee-matlin-donald-trump-tmz-02Marlee Matlin is firing back at Donald Trump after seeing reports he allegedly referred to the deaf actress as "retarded" during her time on "Celebrity Apprentice."

Production staffers from the show claim Trump scribbled notes during board meetings, and according to The Daily Beast ... some included, "Marlee, is she retarded??" The report also said Trump would poke fun at Matlin's voice.

Matlin says, "The term is abhorrent and should never be used. The fact that we are talking about this during a very important moment in American history has upset me deeply." 

Sources close to Marlee tell TMZ the actress was unaware of the allegation, but added ... Marlee never felt Trump was against her during her time on the show. She finished in 2nd place.

Marlee, a staunch Clinton supporter, also says, "I have a voice. And I'm using that voice to make myself heard ... and vote."

Donald Trump Unaired 'Apprentice' Footage Can't Legally Be Released

10/9/2016 8:16 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

1009-donald-trump-the-apprentice-NBC-01There is mounting pressure on "Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett to release unaired video and audio of Donald Trump on "The Apprentice" ... but there are iron-clad confidentiality agreements that would make such release impossible ... plus Burnett doesn't own the video.

Bill Pruitt, a producer on Seasons 1 and 2, tweeted, "I assure you:  when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse.  #justthebeginning."

There are reports Burnett owns the rights to the footage, but he does not.  It's owned by MGM, and there are written agreements that would almost guarantee a lawsuit if the footage is released ... especially because it captures many people other than Trump.  

As for the "Access Hollywood" audio, we're told that was not released by the show ... it was leaked by someone who had access to the tapes.

Trump's replacement on "The Apprentice," Arnold Schwarzenegger, just announced he won't vote for Trump.

Others in Hollywood have been pushing to get at "The Apprentice" footage. "Bachelor" creator Mike Fleiss is pushing for the release, telling TMZ it would provide "a real accurate look at who this man is."

Mark Burnett Sorry Donald ... I'm Set with Schwarzenegger

5/5/2016 6:25 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Burnett is a smart guy who knows all about a bird in the hand, which is why he's coyly telling our photog Arnold Schwarzenegger is the man for 'Celebrity Apprentice,' even if Donald Trump loses the election.

Mark was leaving Craig's in WeHo Wednesday, and without fully closing the door, he made it clear he's satisfied with Arnold. Word on the street is that Schwarzenegger's a great host, and the show's super entertaining.

He clearly harbors no ill will toward Trump, but was strangely silent about endorsing him.

Fact is ... this one ended up well for both Trump and Burnett.

Kyle Richards I'll Do 'Celebrity Apprentice' But I'm Goin' Home to My Man!!!

1/30/2016 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

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Kyle Richards filmed her first day of 'Celebrity Apprentice' Friday, but unlike the other apprentices, she spent the night in the comfort of her own home.  

Sources connected to production tell TMZ, Kyle attached one string to her show contract ... she would not be confined to a hotel during the 30 days of filming. We're told she insisted on going home to studly hubby, Mauricio Umansky.

The caged contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke, Lisa Leslie, Vince Neil, Snooki, Chael Sonnen and Porsha Williams. They're staying in a beachfront hotel while the show films in L.A. 

Our sources say Kyle will make appearances in the hotel room, so it may look like she's living there ... but she's not.

Arnold's not the only one with power.

Muhammad Ali's Daughter I'm Gonna Be Arnold's Apprentice!

1/28/2016 8:05 AM PST
Breaking News

0128-alia-group-celeb-app-tmz-getty-01Laila Ali vs. Snooki??? Yep. 

The cast of the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' has just been announced -- and it's packed with star athletes who will battle it out for Arnold Schwarzenegger's approval ... including 2 ex-NFL players. 

Among the jocks ... Ricky Williams,  Eric Dickerson, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie and ex-MMA star Chael Sonnen

The athletes will compete against reality stars like Snooki, Kyle Richards and Porsha Williams ... singers like Vince Neil and comics like Jon Lovitz.

Arnold will reportedly be joined by celeb advisers including Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba, Warren Buffett ... and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer

Good luck! 

Motley Crue's Vince Neil I'm with Ahnald! Joins New 'Celebrity Apprentice'

1/26/2016 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

0125-vince-neil-arnold-schwarzenegger-tmz-01 Vince Neil is the first contestant to sign on for the new 'Celebrity Apprentice' with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the boss' chair ... TMZ has learned. 

Since NBC announced Schwarzenegger would replace Donald Trump -- the network has been gearing up for new contestants, and Vince jumped at the opportunity. 

The Motley Crue frontman just finished the band's 'Final Tour' on December 31 ... and is ready to transition to a reality TV star. 

No word on any other casting decisions. The show's set to debut in September.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Do I Say You're 'Fired,' 'Terminated,' 'What?'

9/15/2015 6:40 AM PDT

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a problem ... he's got way too many taglines for "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Arnold was practicing his intonations on Snapchat, and it seems he's missing something so obvious.

Hasta la vista, baby.

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