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Claude Littner to replace Nick Hewer on The Apprentice

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Claude Littner to replace Nick Hewer on The Apprentice

Claude Littner is replacing Nick Hewer as Lord Alan Sugar's advisor on 'The Apprentice'.

The BBC has announced that the formidable businessman - known for his severe interviewing strategy - will be taking over from Nick, following the 71-year-old star's decision to step down from the role in December 2014 after ten years as Lord Sugar's aide.

Claude will join Karren Brady at Lord Sugar's side, and has promised he won't let it be "a walk in the park" for this year's candidates.

He said: "If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven't been watching me on 'The Apprentice' over the past decade. I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams.

"I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate. I'm ready, and this won't be a walk in the park!"

Claude is already well known and loved by 'The Apprentice' viewers - and feared by candidates - thanks to a decade as an integral part of the formidable interview episode.

Lord Sugar said: "I first worked with Claude in 1990 and trust his judgement completely. He will no doubt take a very different approach to Nick. It's great to have him on board."