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Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to step into Donald Trump’s shoes as host of Celebrity Apprentice, but he draws the line when talking about the GOP candidate’s politics.
The former governor of California walked out of an interview with Australia’s Weekend Sunrise on Saturday after host Angela Cox asked him about Trump’s presidential campaign.
Schwarzenegger, in Australia to promote his branded fitness events, including Arnold World Strongman Championships, recently endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a series of social media posts before joining the candidate at a rally in Columbus, Ohio.
“This is an interview that I only do about fitness and health, not about politics or my relationships,” he told her before walking out of the interview.
Earlier Cox had asked Schwarzenegger about his marriage to Maria Shriver, which ended after his affair with the family’s housekeeper was publicized in 2011. He also sidestepped her question about how that scandal affected his public life, saying, “The important thing is that I continue with my work, and health and fitness is what really counts for me,” according to the New York Post.
His team told the Post that Schwarzenegger didn’t “storm out” of the interview, but that Cox’s time was up and he had to leave.
“The journalist [Cox] was allocated five minutes and we ran over time, so we cut the interview short,” Schwarzenegger’s Australian publicist, Max Markson, told the Post. “I think she’s just trying to make a name for herself. She’s new on the show. Her line of questioning was inappropriate.”
Channel. 7 Angela Cox interviewing @schwarzenegger for Weekend Sunrise
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