The news that Claude Littner will be absent when the new series of The Apprentice will likely come as a shock to many after it was revealed that the businessman was seriously injured in a cycling accident in north London.
Littner said he was just “pottering along” at a slow place and the next thing he remembers he was on the ground and his bike was strewn in the middle of the road – which he suspects must have had something to do with a pothole.
Littner will be replaced by former winner of The Apprentice Tim Campbell, who won the first ever series of the show in 2005. Campbell said he was “saddened” to hear of Littner’s accident but “excited” to fill his chair even if only on a temporary basis.
What happened to Claude Littner?
As mentioned above, Littner said he was cycling down a two-lane road in north London when he had his accident. The businessman said was travelling at “no more than 10 kilometres an hour” when he believes he hit a pothole or something as he has no memory of the impact itself.
He was taken to the trauma unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where surgeons eventually managed to save his leg but they initially thought it might have to be amputated. Littner has had nine surgeries to date and is due to have another one on Monday, July 19, but said he was determined to eventually return to his role on the show, adding: “There’s no ifs and buts about it.”
The 72-year-old businessman went on to say: “Whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be out and about covering the tasks or in the boardroom for this upcoming series, I’ll most definitely be glued to the action from my sofa.”
Who is Tim Campbell?
As also mentioned above, Tim Campbell is another British businessman who was the first winner of the Apprentice back in 2005.
Campbell was working for London Underground as a Senior Planner when he first appeared on the show, but left his role to take up a £100,000 a year job at Lord Sugar’s former company Amstrad.
Speaking of his new role on the show, Campbell said: “I’m excited to be looking after Claude’s boardroom chair while he recuperates and look forward to seeing what the candidates come up with on this year’s tasks.
When is the next The Apprentice series out?
Lord Sugar has revealed the 16th series of his BBC hit show, which was set to air in July of 2020, has been delayed again until 2022 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, when Lord Sugar made these comments in May he did say it was contingent on they’re being no further outbreaks or “third waves” of the virus, which the UK is currently experiencing, so Covid could yet again get in the way of filming the new series potentially.