Despite its loathing for Trump, the New York Times believes that replacing him with Schwarzenegger has removed some of the show’s edge: “With Mr Schwarzenegger, there’s no joy, just a — you’ll pardon the word — robotic professionalism. His rebukes don’t have enough bite, his stares don’t have enough menace.”
The LA Times strikes an even sadder note, commenting: “There was something strange, and perhaps even a bit sad, about seeing Schwarzenegger — who was once considered a rising star in the Republican Party, ran the most populous state in the country for seven years and used to be one of the biggest box-office stars in the world — picking at the leftovers of a guy whose most prominent film role was a cameo in Home Alone 2.”
Variety also has harsh words for the new Apprentice host, complaining that he “does not offer much to engage with except faded glory, gamely delivered famous lines, and visible discomfort with the roles of both business mogul and reality star.”
Not a great start, then. But one thing’s for sure: he’ll be back.