President-elect Donald Trump will remain an executive producer of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” premiering as “The New Celebrity Apprentice” on Jan. 2.
Trump left the show in 2015 to launch his presidential campaign, and Arnold Schwarzenegger has replaced him as host. But, as first reported by Variety on Thursday, Trump will still benefit from the show’s production.
Trump’s spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed to multiple outlets that Trump has a financial interest in the show.
“Mr. Trump has a big stake in the show and conceived of it with Mark Burnett,” Hicks said.
It’s not clear how much Trump will profit from the show, but he has held as much as a 50 percent stake in “The Celebrity Apprentice” in the past. Trump will be paid by MGM, the producer of the show, not NBC, Variety said.
As of Friday morning, Trump’s name does not appear on “The Celebrity Apprentice’s” page on NBC’s website.
Trump’s ties to the show are likely to bring up more questions of the president-elect’s conflict of interests. Trump is expected to speak about separating himself from his business and other companies at a news conference on Dec. 15.