Lord Sugar to quit The Apprentice next year?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 July 2013
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Nick Hewer thinks Lord Alan Sugar might call it a day on 'The Apprentice' next year because he has been so "devoted" over the past 10 years

Nick Hewer thinks Lord Alan Sugar might quit 'The Apprentice' next year.

The 'Countdown' star wouldn't be shocked if the 66-year-old entrepreneur called it a day on the BBC One business challenge show because he has been so "devoted" over the past 10 years and might quite like a rest.

He said: "He is all over this show for 12 months of the year, every task, every aspect of the scheduling, marketing.

"He's very devoted - possibly to the detriment of his other business interests.

"I wouldn't be surprised if, after 10 years, he said, 'Actually, lads - I think I've done my bit.' "

But should Lord Sugar call it a day then Nick - who, along with Karren Brady, assists the businessman on the show - believes the BBC would be "crackers" to do another series next year with a different entrepreneur because the person to take on the role would be a "suicide merchant".

Speaking to the Radio Times magazine, he added: "People would pay to do that job. But as a broadcaster, the BBC would have a really tough decision whether or not to rest this programme.

"If Alan says, 'Look, I've done my 10 years,' they would be crackers to run it the next year with someone else. Because it's his show and you would need to be a suicide merchant to take it on after Sugar the next year.

"Rest it for three years, then bring it back. But nobody wants to say 'cheerio' to such a successful format. That will be a hard decision."

However, Lord Sugar told The Sun newspaper last night: "As long as the BBC want to screen 'The Apprentice', I will do it for them."

Karren has previously said she thinks 'The Apprentice' would struggle to continue if Lord Sugar quit.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I think without doubt, without a shadow of doubt, this show is all about Alan. The gravitas that he has, the respect that he has.

"I think without him 'The Apprentice' would be a poor imitation whoever steps into his chair."

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