Alan Sugar has ‘lost count’ of Apprentice star Claude Littner’s operations after accident

The Apprentice: Lord Sugar gives update on Claude Littner

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Lord Alan Sugar gave an update on his The Apprentice co-star Claude Littner today. The 74-year-old told fans that he was doing well during an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine and revealed that he is due to undergo another operation in the very near future.

Alan said he hoped the procedure will be the 72-year-old’s last, admitting that he has lost count of the number of operations he has had so far.

The TV star said Claude was “so upset” when he realised that he wouldn’t be able to take part in the new series of the show following his “horrific accident”.

Claude, who joined the cast of the BBC series back in 2015, injured his right leg after coming off an electric bike near his home.

He is thought to have a long recovery ahead of him.

When asked by host Lorraine Kelly how Claude was doing, Alan shared his update.

“He’s doing very, very well,” he said.

“He’s gone through a terrible experience and I’ve lost count of the operations that he’s had.

“The irony of it is, that he was simply going out for a ride on his bike, not racing or going fast or anything like that, just doing eight, nine miles an hour, came off. Horrific accident,” Alan added.

The TV star continued: “He was so upset that he couldn’t join this series, but he’s doing alright.

“We talk every couple of days.

“I think he is going in for a biggy [operation], a six hour one this week or next week, which is hopefully the final one,” he added.

Claude said he was just “pottering along” when the shock accident occurred in North London.

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He said: “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.

“I suspect I hit a pothole or something like that, but I must have blanked out at the moment of impact, because the next thing I knew, I was lying on the ground,” the Evening Standard reports him saying.

Claude was taken to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington where surgeons battled to save his leg.

Former The Apprentice winner Tim Campbell will temporarily replace Claude and join Alan and Baroness Karen Brady in the boardroom for the upcoming series.

The English businessman won the first series of the programme back in 2005.

“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,” Tim said.

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