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Arnold Schwarzenegger taking over for Donald Trump as 'The Celebrity Apprentice' host

Shriver's ex-husband, actor and former California Gov. Arnold

Shriver's ex-husband, actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, is Catholic. The pair continued to attend church services together even after their high-profile split in 2011. Credit: AP

Arnold Schwarzenegger -- former California governor, star of the "Terminator" and a half dozen or so other headline-making roles, has a new one to add to the long list: Host of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

He's back, all right.

NBC announced Monday. He'll head the 2016-17 edition, which -- though no exact date was given -- suggests a fall launch. 

"I have always been a huge fan of 'The Celebrity Apprentice' and the way it showcases the challenges and triumphs of business and teamwork," said Schwarzenegger in a statement. "I am thrilled to bring my experience to the boardroom and to continue to raise millions for charity. Let's get started."

The details: 

"The former governor will replace Donald Trump who, in his role as host of the seven seasons of 'The Celebrity Apprentice,' helped raise more than $15 million for charity. We are thrilled to be opening a powerful new chapter in the story of the 'Apprentice' franchise," said Paul Telegdy, NBC Entertainment's president of alternative and late night programming.

"Arnold Schwarzenegger is the epitome of a global brand in entertainment and business, and his accomplishments in the political arena speak for themselves. It was Arnold's personal passion for the format that Mark Burnett and Donald Trump built over the last decade, as well as his fresh take on how to take it to new heights for today's audiences, that made him the man to hire. 'The Celebrity Apprentice' ... will be back!"

A shock? Oh yes, indeed.

NBC gave every impression that it was hunting for a Trump replacement, but added to that  impression that -- hey -- if the right guy couldn't be found, then the show would sit on ice for a while. Ice no more.

Schwarzenegger joins a reliable if diminished performer for NBC -- fans who love it still love it (one reason perhaps for Trump's endurance in the ongoing political season?) -- but it no longer is part of the general cultural conversation, and hasn't been for years.

Will the guv change all that? 

Will fans move on from Trump? 

Or will this be the beginning of the end -- or, to rephrase, just because you can't possibly write a post on Arnold Schwarzenegger without using this phrase at least once: Hasta la vista, baby?

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