Claude Littner making ‘full recovery’: The Apprentice newcomer Tim shares health update

The Apprentice: Tim Campbell on replacing Claude Littner

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The Apprentice is returning to BBC One with an all-new line-up of cocky candidates hoping to become Lord Alan Sugar’s next business partner. While Baroness Karren Brady would usually be joined by Claude Littner as Lord Sugar’s aides, she will instead be advising the business guru with former Apprentice winner Tim. The much-loved Claude had to miss out due to a serious cycling incident. Ahead of the new series airing, his temporary replacement Tim issued an update on Claude’s health on GB News. 

Claude will be absent from the 16th series of the popular BBC One business show after sustaining a horrific injury in a cycling accident in April. 

The 72-year-old old underwent nine surgeries after falling off an electric bike and he is now learning to walk again after doctors initially thought they’d have to amputate his injured leg. 

The business executive has been replaced on the latest series of The Apprentice by Tim who became the show’s first-ever winner back in 2005. 

Tim, who joined Lord Sugar’s company Amstrad on a £100,000 salary after winning the show, was invited onto Thursday’s instalment of GB News to discuss his return to the cut-throat boardroom. 

The businessman, who went on to set up his own digital marketing agency, gave Eammon Holmes and Isabel Webster an update on Claude’s recovery. 

Tim explained: “It’s great to know that Claude is making a full recovery, so lots of love to you Claude and a Happy New Year.”

He continued: “All the candidates were trying to impress Lord Sugar and our roles as advisors were just to make sure we could feedback the information to Lord Sugar so he could ultimately make the decision. 

“We all know about that magic finger, and I can’t even put it up, it’s not even allowed, but we all know about that magic finger.” 

Isabel asked Tim if watching the contestants under “unbelievable stress” reminds him of what he went through on the first series. 

He replied: “It is about the stress and think as what was said, having watched the actual show you’ll see some of the interesting things they come up with in the first episode as they go on a cruise ship. 

“So tonight you’ll see the candidates under a lot of stress trying to come up with an advertising campaign for a cruise ship. 

“It’s an amazing show and it’s great to be back.” 

Claude has spoken publicly about his accident and has been issuing updates on social media about his recovery. 

On Wednesday he tried to make light out of his accident by tweeting his 113,000 followers: “I jumped out of a plane, at 3000 feet. My parachute did not open… Alternative version… I fell off my electric bike doing a speed of circa 10km/hour and broke my fibula and tibia!”

While he is not fully recovered yet, Claude updated his fans earlier this week to confirm he would be returning to The Apprentice as Lord Sugar’s aide next year. 

The businessman has received swarms of comments from his followers ahead of the 16th series landing on BBC One, with Matt Fern tweeting: “@bbcapprentice just won’t be the same without @claudelittner. Get well soon.” 

@Gm_glendamac59 added: “@bbcapprentice Can’t wait for Thursday night and the new series. Gutted @claudelittner won’t be on this year – hope he has a speedy recovery.” 

John Ross said: “@claudelittner just wishing you a speedy recovery, and hoping to see you back in the boardroom very soon! I also read you lost some weight, 2st? (Even if it wasn’t intentional…) Looking forward to the new series, won’t be the same without your witty remarks.” 

Cian Davies remarked: “Only thing sad is we don’t get to see @claudelittner, [he] really will be missed but can’t wait for the show @bbcapprentice, I’m sure  @karren_brady will keep everyone on their toes.” 

The Apprentice airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm. 

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