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The Apprentice star Claude Littner confirms he’s ‘on the mend’ as fans concerned over absence on new series

Claude won’t be on this year’s series (Picture: BBC)

The Apprentice star Claude Littner has given fans an update on his health after he was missing from an upcoming promo for the latest series of the BBC show.

The Apprentice was away from our screens for all of 2021, but luckily it won’t be long before we get to see a brand-new set of candidates attempt to impress Lord Sugar and his aides.

There’s one major difference this time, as Claude won’t be there to keep a close eye on the contestants.

The businessman has been a key part of the show for years – but has had to sit out the next series whilst recovering from falling off his electric bike.

Instead, he will be replaced for a series by first-ever Apprentice winner, Tim Campbell, with Karren Brady continuing to appear on the show.

The show’s new sci-fi style trailer was released just days ago, with Claude absent from the line-up, leading to fans quizzing the star about why he wasn’t featured.

Claude confirmed he was ‘on the mend’ to fans after the cycling accident which happened shortly before filming and will be back for the next series.

After a fan sent him a crying gif on Twitter, he responded: ’Stop crying. I had a cycling accident shortly before filming @bbcapprentice.

‘I was hospitalised and unable to be part of this year’s series. Good news… I am well on the road to recovery.’

He suffered the accident in April and has been learning to walk again after undergoing nine surgeries.

He also thanked a flood of concerned fans in response to them querying about his health.

Lord Sugar also addressed friend and co-star Claude’s absence from the series, promising fans he would soon be back on the panel.

Taking to Twitter, he wrote: ‘Just to clarify @claudelittner will be back.

‘He had a serious accident just before filming started @bbcapprentice,’ he said.

At the time, the 72-year-old told the PA news agency: ‘I was just pottering along, I must have been doing no more than 10 kilometres an hour on this sort of two-track road.

‘The next thing I knew, I was on the left hand side of the street, my bike was in the middle of the road and I didn’t know what happened.

‘I suspect I hit a pothole or something like that, but I must have blanked out at the moment of impact, because the next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground.’

Claude’s replacement Tim won the first series of The Apprentice back in 2005 and was taken on by Lord Sugar’s company Amstrad, becoming Project Director of its new Health & Beauty division.

He took on various ventures after he left the company and, in 2016, he co-founded Marketing Runners Ltd, a bespoke digital marketing agency in London.

Tim will act as one of Lord Sugar’s trusted advisers for the upcoming series, alongside Karren, when the show returns in early 2022.

The Apprentice returns in early 2022 to BBC One.

 

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