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Donald Trump Says He Will Devote ‘Zero Time’ to ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Republican presidential elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J.Republican presidential elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster Township, N.J.
President-elect Donald Trump walks out at the clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, N.J. on Nov. 20, 2016.Photograph by Jabin Botsford—The Washington Post/Getty Images

Donald Trump has denied that he will have anything to do with the next series of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice following the news that he was planning to stay on as an executive producer.

In a tweet posted Saturday morning, Trump said he will devote “ZERO TIME!” to the next series. “I have NOTHING to do with The Apprentice except for fact that I conceived it with Mark B & have a big stake in it,” he wrote.

Trump’s tweet was sent less than 24 hours after his campaign spokeswoman told CNN‘s New Day that the President-elect would do the job in his “spare time.”

“If the powers that be—the lawyers and the protocol officers—say that [Trump] can do [the Apprentice], then he probably is going to say ‘Why not?’,” Kellyanne Conway told host Alisyn Camerota. “I know Donald Trump very well and I can tell you that work is his work and work is his hobby.”

The next series of Celebrity Apprentice, which airs Jan. 2, will be hosted by movie star and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.