Warning: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch the season-eight premiere of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger made his much-anticipated debut as the new host of “The Celebrity Apprentice” with Monday’s season premiere. And he revealed his own twist on President-elect Donald Trump’s famous “You’re fired” catchphrase.
NBC kept the catchphrase very secret. The former California governor shot eight versions of the show dismissal. Schwarzenegger claimed that he didn’t even know which one the show would use.
On Monday’s episode, the contenders were tasked with creating a five-minute customer presentation for a beauty product line from model Tyra Banks, who serves as one of Schwarzenegger’s advisers on the show. In the end, TV personality Carrie Keagan was the first to be fired by the new host, who used the occasion to deploy his new catchphrase.
“Carrie, you’re terminated,” Schwarzenegger said at the end of the premiere’s first hour.
The catchphrase is a reference to the host’s blockbuster “Terminator” film franchise.
In the second hour, Schwarzenegger assigned the remaining 15 contestants to the task of creating commercials for Trident gum. This time, Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson’s head was on the chopping block. For her, Schwarzenegger delivered his established firing catchphrase but added a new touch.
“You’re terminated,” he said. “Hasta la vista, baby.”
This is, of course, the movie star’s famous line from 1991’s “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
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