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The Apprentice’s Claude Littner reveals he hasn’t been told if he will ever return to the boardroom after he was replaced following health ordeal

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The Apprentice star Claude Littner has lost his spot on the show after suffering injuries during a cycling accident three years ago.

The businessman, 74, was previously an adviser to Lord Sugar alongside Karren Brady, before he was replaced by series one winner Tim Campbell.

However, Claude admitted it was ‘not his call’ whether he returns to the boardroom, while informing his followers he is now ‘fully recovered’.

It’s not all bad news for Claude’s fans, as the show favourite revealed he will be returning for the interviews stage of the reality TV contest.

Claude made the admission during an exchange with a fan on X, after the follower asked him: ‘Forgive my naivety, have you stepped aside permanently from following candidates weekly or are you still recovering? Missing you in the show!’

The Apprentice star Claude Littner has lost his spot on the show after suffering injuries during a cycling accident three years ago

The Apprentice star Claude Littner has lost his spot on the show after suffering injuries during a cycling accident three years ago

The businessman, 74, was previously an adviser to Lord Sugar alongside Karren Brady , before he was replaced by series one winner Tim Campbell

The businessman, 74, was previously an adviser to Lord Sugar alongside Karren Brady , before he was replaced by series one winner Tim Campbell

However, Claude admitted it was 'not his call' whether he returns to the boardroom, while informing his followers he is now 'fully recovered'

However, Claude admitted it was ‘not his call’ whether he returns to the boardroom, while informing his followers he is now ‘fully recovered’

He then replied: ‘Honestly, that is not my call. I am fully recovered. Thank you.’

However, Claude revealed he would return to The Apprentice in episode 11 for the interviews, to grill remaining candidates on the feasibility of their business plans. 

Responding to concerned fans on X, formerly known as Twitter, Claude confirmed: ‘I will,’ when asked if he’d be back for the interviews.  

He told another viewer that he would be back for: ‘Episode 11. Interviews.’ 

At the time of his departure, Claude insisted he would be paying close attention to the candidates’ antics from his sofa instead of the boardroom.

He said in a statement: ‘Whilst I’m disappointed that I won’t be out and about covering the tasks or in boardroom for this upcoming series, I’ll most definitely be glued to the action from my sofa.’

Claude’s replacement Tim – who was the first ever winner of the business reality competition almost 17 years ago – previously admitted he was stunned when his old mentor, Lord Alan Sugar, asked him to join the show – and he didn’t believe the offer was genuine at first.

During an interview with Radio Times magazine, he recalled thinking: ‘Is this a prank? I thought people were going to burst in with cameras and say, “Got you!” I thought, ‘Why is he phoning?’ When he explained, I said, ‘Are you being serious?’ It was mad.’

It's not all bad news for Claude's fans, as the show favourite revealed he will be returning for the interviews stage of the reality TV contest

It’s not all bad news for Claude’s fans, as the show favourite revealed he will be returning for the interviews stage of the reality TV contest

However, Claude admitted it was 'not his call' whether he returns to the boardroom, while informing his followers he is now 'fully recovered'

However, Claude admitted it was ‘not his call’ whether he returns to the boardroom, while informing his followers he is now ‘fully recovered’

It's not all bad news for Claude's fans, as the show favourite revealed he will be returning for the interviews stage of the reality TV contest

It’s not all bad news for Claude’s fans, as the show favourite revealed he will be returning for the interviews stage of the reality TV contest

Having been on The Apprentice since 2015, viewers were saddened and concerned when Claude didn’t appear in the season’s debut episode. 

In even more positive news, Claude expressed the potential that he could return in full for the 2025 season.

One fan tweeted: ‘Missing ClaudeLittner on the apprentice again this year! Hoping he was going to be back…’ to which Claude responded: ‘Maybe next year. ”Nil disperandum”.’ 

At the beginning of the 2022 series, Claude was replaced at the last minute by Tim, with Sir Alan explained to the candidates: ‘You may be wondering why this gentleman is here,’ before pointing to Tim.

‘Regretfully, Claude has not been very well and Tim will be assisting me for the next 11 weeks.’

Claude suffered severe injuries during a freak E-bike accident in April 2021. He underwent nine surgeries to save his leg and had to learn to walk again following the incident near his London home. 

As a result, Claude missed the last two seasons of The Apprentice, while focusing on recovery. He made a brief return in 2023 for a single episode, before Tim stepped in once again. 

Responding to concerned fans on X, formerly known as Twitter , Claude confirmed his involvement and hinted he may return in full for the 2025 season

Responding to concerned fans on X, formerly known as Twitter , Claude confirmed his involvement and hinted he may return in full for the 2025 season

Appearing last year on Good Morning Britain, Claude gave a health update, saying: ‘I am doing wonderfully well, thank you. I am very grateful to the ambulance crew for looking after me and of course the surgeons at St Mary’s who put me back together.

 ‘It was a freak accident. I think someone was looking out for me but if someone was looking out for me better, I wouldn’t have had the accident – I was lucky to have the ambulance driving behind me.

‘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.’

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