The season will mark the debut of a new host: actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. NBC stated that they had decided to sever ties with the show’s former host Donald Trump resulting from comments he made during his presidential campaign in 2015, though Trump stated he opted to leave “out of respect” while he was focusing on his campaign.Trump remains as an executive producer through the show’s production company, MGM.
NBC announced the 16 contestants, as well as advisors Warren Buffett, Tyra Banks, Steve Ballmer, Jessica Alba and Patrick M. Knapp Schwarzenegger on January 28, 2016. On December 1, 2016, six more advisors were announced. Those advisers are former Celebrity Apprentice winner Leeza Gibbons, celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, Extra co-host Tracey Edmonds, The Biggest Loser host Bob Harper, YouTube star iJustine, and “Moola” CEO Gemma Godfrey. This season will be filmed in Los Angeles.