After a decade as Lord Sugar’s assistant, Nick Hewer decided to ‘fire’ himself from The Apprentice.
The trusted sidekick is known for his no-nonsense approach to candidates, known for his witty remarks, disapproving glances, and cheeky expressions.
Nick’s friendship with Lord Sugar began in 1983 when his PR firm was hired by Amstrad to represent them, then began taking care of The Apprentice boss’s profile on all business dealings and personal.
The 78-year-old spent 21 years on the Amstrad management team before selling his PR management company in 1998 – but has remained close friends with Lord Sugar ever since.
Nick became known for his hilarious quotes, once telling a group that they were “all like vagabonds on chips” when they stole an idea from a mother in a focus group. .
Sadly, Nick announced he was “leaving the process” in 2014 after 10 years with Lord Sugar – and was replaced by current assistant Claude Littner.
So what happened to Nick after he quit The Apprentice?
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Apprentice viewers were gutted when Nick announced he was leaving the boardroom – having “considered” his exit for a while.
“So I go away with relief, tinged with regret. Anyone can do what Karren and I have been doing, but it takes stamina to follow this week’s nominees. week after week and my stamina didn’t reach those long weeks,” he explained at the time.
“I will continue to enjoy the show from my armchair, marveling at the self-esteem of the candidates, at the sky-high production values of the producers, and at the extraordinary talent of the performers. my old friend Alan Sugar.”
Lord Sugar admitted it was a “sad moment” for Nick to leave and thanked his friend for all the help and support he’s given over the years.
Nick added: “I think The Apprentice is a really valuable program that teaches young people the basics of business – not in a classroom setting, but in an entertaining form wonderful.
“And the annual winners confirm the value of the program – talented, creative and hard-working young people, all of whom are driving great success to their businesses.”
But that’s not the end of our on-screen Nick, as he was appointed host of Countdown in 2012 and continues to present the Channel 4 gameshow.
Nick once admitted that Countdown kept him awake because numbers and letters “spinned” around his head throughout the night.
The host said their filming schedule led the group to record five episodes at once, leaving him unable to stop picturing the show’s blue cards containing white letters and numbers.
“I can’t sleep well after a day at Countdown,” he admits. “The only thing about Countdown that I don’t like is that my head spins at the end of the day. We do five a day and you see all these numbers and words spinning around.
“We have to maintain our energy levels. We’re doing 260 episodes a year. They’ve raised it.”
He also hosted a number of BBC documentaries with Margaret Mountford, one of Lord Sugar’s other early aides on The Apprentice.
They presented a culture of due diligence, We All Pay Your Benefits, a program that looked at problems with trains, a program on impacts and attitudes towards immigration in the UK and a program about the challenges we face with littering.
Margaret also appeared in Countdown’s Dictionary Corner twice while Nick was the host and the pair were on the Celebrity Antiques Road Trip in 2015.
After 10 years on Countdown, Nick decided to step down from his hosting duties in December 2020.
Announcing his decision to step down, Nick wrote: “Nice to be back on the Countdown studio after another round of lockdowns were put in place, BUT this latest lockdown has given me a chance to look at life in the future. his future.
“I have decided it is the right time to step down at the end of my contract in the new year.
“As a 77-year-old who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British organization Countdown, I think it’s time to smell the flowers and get a dog.”
Nick thanked the production staff, co-stars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent who watched, and wished him luck for his successor, who turned out to be former The Weakest Link host Anne Robinson .
In his final episode, Lord Sugar sent Nick a sweet video message with a cheeky line at the end.
Congratulations on your 10 year countdown. That makes you, I believe, the second longest serving host since Richard Whiently. 18 series, 2,000 shows, the time when you deserve a little relaxation,” said Lord Sugar.
“So congratulations on such a great round, but Nick, I’ve been waiting a long time to say this, ‘you’re retired’.”
Nick, who has two children with first wife Margo Spindler, has been with Catherine for 20 years and credits her with changing his life.
In February 2019, Nick confessed that if he were to get married again it would be for love AND money, as only a financial drive could tempt him down the aisle again.
Nick said: “Don’t get me wrong, it crossed my mind. “We’ll probably get it done someday when the tax stars are aligned. Yes, that’s right, it’s going to be a business decision.”
He said he had learned from the mistakes he made in his 12-year marriage to Margo and admitted he was “not very well organized in the country”.
Nick continued: “It works because Catherine and I are too busy to spend every waking moment together,” said Nick, who just signed a two-year extension to stay on Countdown.
“I’m always traveling and I ask her to spend time with me but she wants to do her own thing and run a successful business.
“But I’m trying to spend more time at home. My first marriage was affected because I always had to work.”
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Nick will return to our screens later this year, hosting Channel 4’s new DNA Diners show – where celebrities are reunited with their long-lost loved ones.
Each celebrity will be asked to cook dinner for four people, one of whom is a distant relative, and they will be tasked with guessing which of the four diners is related to them in some way. some.
“DNA Diners was commissioned by Channel 4 because it’s an interesting concept and has never been done before,” a source said. Sun.
“The premise is that celebrities will meet face-to-face with loved ones they don’t even know exist – all while throwing a dinner party.”
Before the movie begins, each star is required to have a DNA test so that a genealogist can review their genealogy.
While the concept has been described as “out there”, bosses still believe the show will make for “incredible telephony”.
Hopefully Nick won’t fire any celebrities.
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