Caitlyn Jenner never took over “Celebrity Apprentice” from Arnold Schwarzenegger, one year after a false report claimed the former Olympian would host the NBC show after the former Governor was done telling competitors, “You’re terminated.” Gossip Cop noted 365 days ago it wasn’t true and time has once again proven us correct.
On February 18, 2017, Gossip Cop debunked an article from Celeb Dirty Laundry that falsely maintained Jenner was “tipped to take over” the new “Celebrity Apprentice” from Schwarzenegger. As that outlet reported, Schwarzenegger’s season as the host was “one of the lowest rated in the show’s history,” and added that no one would be shocked if the program’s producers replaced him. The site reasoned that Jenner had plenty of time to host the NBC program since “she hasn’t had any stable work ever since her E! docu-series ‘I Am Cait,’ was pulled off the air.”
Without citing a single source or network insider, the blog also asserted, “Other television personalities like Mark Cuban and former ‘The Apprentice’ star Omarosa Manigault are also being considered for the position.” Of course, as Gossip Cop pointed out back then, there was no way Cuban was going to host “Celebrity Apprentice” because he’s been a mainstay on ABC’s rival business competition show, “Shark Tank.” And at the time, Manigault was a staffer in Donald Trump’s White House. Since being fired from that job, Manigault is now on another reality show, CBS’s “Celebrity Big Brother.” Regardless, none of it was true then and it hasn’t become any more accurate over the past 12 months.
Arguably, the phony rumor about Jenner taking over as the host of “Celebrity Apprentice” from Schwarzenegger might have grown out of her cameo on the series’ finale in 2017 during which she donated a big check to a children’s charity. Bizarrely, however, CDL didn’t even mention that in its initial story. Regardless, Jenner’s rep exclusively assured Gossip Cop then that talk of her subbing in for Schwarzenegger was “nonsense” and now a full year later it remains so.
To be fair, every outlet gets stories wrong on occasion, but in this instance the website had no network sources or insiders close to either Jenner or Schwarzenegger. It appeared then (and still to the day) that the blog was merely trying to craft an article out of the fact that Schwarzenegger’s “Celebrity Apprentice” had failed. Not long after, the action star announced he was quitting the series and by August NBC’s entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that “Celebrity Apprentice” would not be retiring “anytime soon,” though it hasn’t been officially “terminated” or cancelled.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.