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Arnold Schwarzenegger On Oscars: ‘I Basically Just Turned It Off’

Arnold Schwarzenegger was like the rest of America. He couldn’t stomach watching the Oscars.

“I basically just turned it off, and I just couldn’t watch it anymore because there was so much talent there on the stage that it was so boring,” he said during a guest spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “How could you make this, with all this talent, so boring?”

The former bodybuilder, actor and governor of California wasn’t alone. As OutKick’s Bobby Burack reported, the Oscars were an absolute viewership disaster, falling “more than 50% year-over-year in overnight ratings.”

In fact, this year’s celebration of film brought in a measly 9.85 million viewers, down 58% from a year ago (23.64 million). Oh yeah, and last year set the record as the least-watched Academy Awards in history — until this year.

But hey, maybe they can beef up interest by implementing an idea suggested by Arnie himself.

“I think next time, they should take it to Muscle Beach and have the Oscars on Muscle Beach,” he joked, referring to the beach in Venice, Calif.

Or perhaps, as Burack indicated, Hollywood should stop lecturing half the country about how racist and sexist they are.

Award movies that people have actually seen. Go to Venice Beach. Hold the politics. Maybe then people will actually start caring again.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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    • He has to make his comments Hollywood approved. The problem was of course “boring” production, not talentless hacks spewing lefty hate and most of America tuning them out.

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