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Arnold Schwarzenegger quits Celebrity Apprentice with dig at Donald Trump

Schwarzenegger and Trump have traded barbs on Twitter Credit: AP

Arnold Schwarzenegger has quit the The New Celebrity Apprentice, blaming the show's poor ratings on former host Donald Trump.

The Hollywood star has been involved in a number of public spats with the US president, who remains credited as an executive producer of the show.

In a statement about his decision to leave, Schwarzenegger blamed Trump for driving away viewers with his continued involvement which left a "bad taste".

In an interview with Empire Schwarzenegger said people "don't want to participate as a spectator or as a sponsor or in any other way support the show".

He said: "It's a very divisive period now and I think this show got caught up in all that division."

The latest show has finished its run with the poorest ratings of any of its celebrity incarnations - something the president later seized upon after tweeting about President Obama wire-tapping him.

In January, Trump taunted the former California governor in a tweet, referring to himself as a "ratings machine" and saying Schwarzenegger had "got swamped" by comparison.

The Republican later said the show had been a "total disaster" since Schwarzenegger took over, with the actor responding by suggesting they should switch jobs.

In a statement Schwarzenegger said: "I loved every second of working with NBC and (executive producer) Mark Burnett.

"Everyone, from the celebrities to the crew to the marketing department, was a straight 10, and I would absolutely work with all of them again on a show that doesn't have this baggage."