The Apprentice star Claude Littner replaced on BBC show after almost losing leg in horrific accident

Doctors feared they would have to amputate

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 08 July 2021 11:46
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Lord Alan Sugar has been forced to drop Claude Littner from The Apprentice due to a a horrific injury.

Littner, 72, will not be taking part in the next series of the BBC series due to injuries sustained after falling off an electric bike back in April.

It’s reported that Littner has undergone nine surgeries following the accident that occurred near his home in Mill Hill, London.

He was rushed to a trauma unit at St Mary’s hospital where doctors immediately said they would have to amputate. However, they were able to save his leg after rushing him into surgery.

Speaking about the incident, Littner told PA: “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.”

He continued: “My wife and my sons were there as well and [the doctors] decided they were going to amputate my leg. And then they had another chat about it and they said, ‘Look, let’s get him into theatre right away tonight and let’s see if we can save his leg’. And I went into theatre and it was a very long operation and they didn’t take my leg off.”

Tim Campbell, the winner of the very first series, will take Littner’s place.

Baroness Karren Brady, who will appear alongside Sugar and Campbell, wrote: “I’m so sorry that my good friend @claudelittner won’t be with us on this year’s @bbcapprentice – he will be missed! Wishing him a very speedy recovery.”

Campbell said he’s “excited to be looking after Claude’s boardroom chair while he recuperates”.

He added: “I was saddened by the circumstances which led to getting the call from Lord Sugar, but having been on the show myself, I know the hard work that goes into it – so I didn’t take the decision lightly. I wish Claude the very best as he recovers.”

The new series of The Apprentice is expected to air in January 2022.

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