The Apprentice’s Claude Littner admits hopeful men let him down before returning

The Apprentice’s Claude Littner saw the film, but joked it was ‘disappointing’ to see how much women outperformed men

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Apprentice: Tim Campbell replaces Claude Littner in January

The Apprentice’s Claude Littner has commented on the latest series of the BBC hit show after Tim Campbell was replaced as Lord Sugar’s assistant.

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 was accompanied in the boardroom by trusted assistant Baroness Karren Brady, 52, vice chairman of West Ham United – but former colleague Claude, 72, was forced to take a mass break following a bicycle accident .

The business executive, who first appeared as an assistant in 2015, has been replaced by businessman and first series winner Tim, 44, who Claude says has done the work. a “pound job”, before admitting that he was “disappointed” that he couldn’t appear on the series.

The 72-year-old said: “It seems like a pretty easy gig when you’re just watching from the comfort of your home or from behind the sofa! But it was actually quite difficult, and I think Tim handled all the challenges very well.”

Claude confirmed he watched the broadcast with fans of The Apprentice



Claude confirmed he had seen the show aired with fans of The Apprentice, and joked that it was “disappointing” to see how much the women had outnumbered the men.

He said, “Personally, I have to say it’s disappointing that the girls do well against the boys! Karen is clearly delighted!

“But on a serious level, it’s really catchy and captivating and that’s the credit to the production team, the crew; all relevant people. They’ve made a great series under such challenging circumstances and it’s good to see the overwhelming response from viewers to the show’s return. ”

Claude has confirmed he will be making a much-anticipated return to the BBC show


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He continued: “I’ve enjoyed it so far and the contenders are a mix of outrageouss with very little chance of getting investment, a few that show up over time and viewers can begin to see qualities worth investing in. It’s certainly proven and some good candidates will emerge and bloom. “

This comes as Claude has confirmed he will be making a much-anticipated return to the BBC show after he was forced to withdraw as one of Lord Sugar’s trusted assistants.

He said he was “eager to go” before returning to screen for the interview phase of the process next week.

Claude also said he was behind Lord Sugar’s firing decisions in this series, highlighting the difficulty of knocking down candidates in the boardroom when “all three are criminals” sometimes.

The business executive first appeared as Lord Sugar’s assistant in 2015


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“Very often all three have potential to go,” he said. However, the format is that you sort the candidates down week by week and one will show up – sometimes you can get double fired.

“I watched and in some situations thought, ‘All three of them are responsible for the mission failure!’ but in the end Alan got rid of the weaker ones and we always came out with good candidates, in the end.

“During the process, Alan remained tense and dangerous. Viewers are invested in missions and candidates; they enjoy the entertainment and words of wisdom from Alan. “

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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