What happened to Claude Littner? Why the Apprentice Adviser is missing the 2022 series after a bicycle accident

Fans of The apprentice may be surprised to see some changes in the boardroom when they set out to watch series 16.

Claude Littner will not be sitting in his usual place next to Lord Sugar after being forced to withdraw from the new season.

Why is Claude not included this year? Apprentice?

Littner, 74, was physically unable to attend what would have been his sixth season as an adviser to Sir Alan.

While cycling near his home, Mill Hill, London, Littner got off his bike and seriously injured his right leg to the point where surgeons were ready to amputate.

He told the PA in June: “I was just getting started. I must not have driven more than 10 kilometers per hour on this kind of two-lane road.

“The next thing I knew, I was on the left side of the street, my bike was in the middle of the road, and I did not know what was happening.”

Littner explained that the doctors who arrived at the scene decided to amputate his leg, but then changed their mind. He was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, where surgeons managed to save his leg.

He has since had nine separate surgeries and is in physiotherapy.

Will Claude Littner return to The apprentice?

Littner said he is determined to recover and get back to The apprentice.

He added: “There is no if and but about it. Although I am disappointed that I do not have to go out and cover the tasks or in the boardroom for this upcoming series, I will definitely sit glued to the action from my couch.”

More about The apprentice

Who will replace Claude Littner this season?

Tim Campbell, the first ever winner The apprentice in 2005, replacing Littner as Lord Sugar’s adviser this season.

Campbell is a 44-year-old businessman who worked as project director for Amsterdam’s new health and beauty department after winning The apprentice.

He left the company after two years and eventually founded the Bright Ideas Trust together with Richard Morris, a charity established to help disadvantaged young people build their own businesses.

In 2012, Campbell was awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise Culture, and he joined a boutique real estate agency in London the same year. He later founded a digital marketing agency in 2016 with Derin Cag.

When is The apprentice on?

After lack of 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19, The Apprentice returns to BBC One at 21:00 on Thursday 6 January.

It will be available from the same time BBC iPlayer and runs for an hour.

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