Claude Littner to miss next series of BBC’s The Apprentice after E-bike accident

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Claude Littner to miss next series of BBC’s The Apprentice after E-bike accident

He will be replaced by former Apprentice winner Tim Campbell in 2022 series of the popular reality show fronted by Lord Alan Sugar

Francine Wolfisz is the Features Editor for Jewish News.

Claude Littner will be replaced by Tim Campbell for the new series of The Apprentice
Claude Littner will be replaced by Tim Campbell for the new series of The Apprentice

Claude Littner has bowed out of the next series of BBC One’s The Apprentice to recuperate after sustaining serious leg injuries in a bike accident.

The 72-year-old has undergone multiple operations on his right leg after coming off his E-bike close to his Mill Hill home in April. 

Lord Alan Sugar’s right-hand man will be replaced by former winner and entrepreneur Tim Campbell, alongside Baroness Karren Brady for the returning reality show, which puts candidates through their paces as they compete to win a life-changing £250,000 investment for their business idea.

Campbell became The Apprentice’s first winner when the award-winning series launched in 2005.

He landed a £100,000-a-year job with Sugar’s firm Amstrad and left after two years to found the Bright Ideas Trust, a charity helping young people set up their own businesses. 

He received an MBE in 2012 and now runs his own digital marketing agency, Marketing Runner.

Littner said he was “disappointed” to be skipping out on the next series but will “most definitely be glued to the action from my sofa”.

He added: “I’m hugely grateful to all the surgeons and nursing staff at St Mary’s Hospital for their incredible care and getting me on the road to recovery.”

Sugar said: “Claude has been part of the series since the beginning and is leaving an important boardroom chair to temporarily fill. I’ve been speaking to him about his recovery, and hope we see him back very soon.”

The Apprentice returns to BBC One early next year

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