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Trump will remain an executive producer of 'Celebrity Apprentice' as president

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might have been on to something when he called President-elect Donald Trump the "entertainer in chief."

Trump will remain an executive producer on the new season of "The Celebrity Apprentice," which begins Jan. 2 and will be hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to Variety. The soon-t0-be leader of the free world will have his name sandwiched between the "Apprentice" creator, Mark Burnett, and the show's other big-name executive producer, Schwarzenegger, in the credit sequence.

The president-elect hosted the successful "Apprentice" spinoff for seven seasons before abandoning the NBC hit show to run for the presidency.

Trump's brand and his name recognition have been greatly boosted by both "The Apprentice," which premiered in 2004, and "The Celebrity Apprentice," which premiered in 2008.

"Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett," Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Variety.

Burnett made headlines during the presidential campaign following the release of Trump's vulgar comments about women during a hot mic interview with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush. Many pushed the "Apprentice" creator to release b-roll footage from the shows after cast and crew members claimed the billionaire businessman made lewd and sexist comments on the set.

So far, no hot mic recordings from the NBC show have surfaced.

According to a New York Times report, Trump and Burnett have maintained a close relationship, even communicating about grandiose ways to play up the inauguration on Jan. 20. Burnett reportedly suggested a parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City or a helicopter ride spanning the Big Apple all the way to Washington, D.C.

(H/T: BuzzFeed News)

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