Business executive Claude Littner, who has appeared on the show since 2015, was replaced prior to this series of The Apprentice by the show’s first winner Tim Campbell
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The Apprentice’s Claude Littner is expected to return to the much-anticipated BBC show after he was forced to withdraw as one of Lord Sugar’s trusted aides.
The BBC’s competition returned to screens in January when Lord Alan Sugar put 16 new candidates in their round for the chance to secure a £250,000 investment in their business.
Lord Sugar is once again supported by Baroness Karren Brady, 52, vice-chairman of West Ham United – but former star Claude, 72, has been forced to take a mass break following a bicycle accident.
The business executive, who had appeared as an assistant on the show since 2015, was later replaced on the series by entrepreneur and first series winner Tim Campbell.
But the former Tottenham Hotspur chief executive has said he is now feeling “absolutely fantastic” and is “very keen to move on” before returning to The Apprentice screen for the interview stage of the process.
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Claude went on to say that he “feels well enough” to return for the next BBC business series, but has yet to confirm whether he will return to the boardroom.
“The focus now is on illuminating the remaining candidates in this chain and finding the next successful business for Alan to invest in,” he said.
During his upcoming appearance on BBC screens next week, he said: “The whole team went through a lot of trouble to get me back. I abbreviated the series, but it looks like Lord Sugar and the production company had other ideas!
“I also received a lot of messages on social media from viewers saying they hoped I would come back for the interview and how much they missed my smile, but obviously I couldn’t tell. what until now.
“It’s funny how it came to be; One day, Alan came to my house – even though he called me almost every day – and he just said, ‘You’re going to do the interviews, aren’t you?’ and I replied, ‘Of course yes’.
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“The moment it came out of my mouth, I thought, how the heck am I actually doing it? The truth is that at the time of filming, I was feeling better but the team was very kind and it was difficult for me to get in. ”
At the time of his e-bike accident, Claude told the Press Association: “I definitely did no more than 10 kilometers an hour on this type of bi-track.”
He continued: “Next thing I know, I’m on the left side of the road, my bike is in the middle of the road and I don’t know what happened.”
Claude will return with the penultimate episode of The Apprentice on Thursday 17 March, at 9pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
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