Claude Littner replaces Nick Hewer on The Apprentice

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Lord Sugar has hired Claude Littner as his new advisor for the next series of The Apprentice.

The straight-talking businessman will replace Nick Hewer, who announced he was leaving last year. Claude has been with the show for many years, grilling candidates in the dreaded ‘interview’ episode. He will join Karren Brady for the new series of The Apprentice which is due back on BBC One later this year.

“If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven’t been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade,” said Claude on his appointment today. He added that he is ready to take on the challenge which he claims won’t be a “walk in the park.” Claude has been a close friend of Lord Sugar’s for over 25 years, having served as a director of Amstrad.

Nick Hewer announced in December 2014 that he was leaving the show after ten years. The new series will be the first time that one of the original aides to Lord Sugar will not be present. Margaret Mountford left the show in 2009 and was replaced by Karren Brady.

Lord Sugar says that Claude will have a different approach compared to Nick’s. He said: “I first worked with Claude in 1990 and trust his judgement completely. He will no doubt take a very different approach to Nick. It’s great to have him on board.”

The most recent series of The Apprentice was won by Mark Wright. He bagged the £250,000 investment prize for his digital marketing agency business.

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