'Ratings Machine' Trump Raps TV Successor Schwarzenegger
WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) : As Donald Trump readies to move into the Oval Office, Arnold Schwarzenegger has stepped into his old shoes -- as host of the reality show "Celebrity Apprentice" -- and the president-elect is not impressed.
In a pair of early morning tweets Friday, Trump ripped into the "Terminator" actor-turned-politician, mocking the viewer figures for the season premiere this week -- and calling himself a "ratings machine" by comparison.
"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. 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," he said. The former California governor was among the Republican figures who refused to back Trump's inflammatory bid for the presidency -- although he stopped short of endorsing the Democratic ticket of Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine.
His successor as host, an ex-bodybuilder and action movie star who made a name with the "Terminator" franchise, took his first steps on the eighth season of "The New Celebrity Apprentice" Monday.
The premiere -- in which stars including boxer Laila Ali and singer Boy George completed business-related challenges judged by Schwarzenegger -- drew 4.9 million viewers, against 6.5 million for the first episode of Trump's final season, two years ago.
The Austrian native rolled out a new catchphrase: "You're Terminated!" -- a riff on Trump's trademark put-down, "You're Fired." The Austrian-born Hollywood star -- who became a US citizen more than three decades ago -- leveraged his popularity into a career in politics, serving as governor of California from 2003 to 2011.