Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday mocked his “Apprentice” successor Arnold Schwarzenegger over ratings for the TV show, sparking a Twitter fight between America’s two biggest celebrities-turned-politicians.
Former action movie star Schwarzenegger responded by suggesting that Trump turn his attention to his work as the nation’s new president. He quoted Civil War-era President Abraham Lincoln in advising Trump.
Trump, who became a household name as the tough host of “The Apprentice” and sister show “The Celebrity Apprentice” for 14 seasons, slammed a 43 percent fall in the 18-to-49-year-old audience for the new TV show hosted by Schwarzenegger, which premiered on NBC earlier last week.
“Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got ‘swamped’ [or destroyed] by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT,” tweeted Trump, who controversially retains an executive producer credit on the reality show.
“So much for being a movie star — and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1,” he added.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican who served two terms as California governor but who has said he did not vote for Trump, responded swiftly.