Lord Sugar hits out at BBC for Young Apprentice axe
Lord Alan Sugar will sit down with BBC bosses and make them "explain" why they axed 'Young Apprentice' if the show wins a BAFTA next month
Lord Alan Sugar has vowed to make BBC bosses "explain" whey they axed 'Young Apprentice' if it wins a BAFTA.
The 66-year-old entrepreneur hit out at network chiefs for scrapping the programme - a junior version of 'The Apprentice' - and vowed to sit down with bosses and get them to discuss their "logical thinking" if it wins the Reality and Constructed Factual accolade at the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) next month.
Speaking at a Q&A to launch the ninth series of 'The Apprentice' at London's Soho Hotel on Tuesday (30.04.13), he told BANG Showbiz: "Interestingly enough, the 'Young Apprentice' has been nominated for a BAFTA for the second time and the BBC commissioners have decided not to recommission it again. There is obviously some logical thinking there. Somewhere.
"They are going to explain it to me if we pick up the gong next week."
Despite Lord Sugar's disappointment at 'Young Apprentice' being axed, Karren Brady - his aide on both shows alongside Nick Hewer - admits she "prefers" the main series of 'The Apprentice' to the junior version.
She explained: "I do prefer 'The Apprentice' to 'Young Apprentice'. But as a show that champions young people and puts them in these business situations and allows other young people to watch them have a go then I thought it was great."
'The Apprentice' returns for its ninth series on Tuesday May 7 at 9pm on BBC One.