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Apprentice 2012: Lord Sugar 'threatens to leave the BBC'

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Lord Alan Sugar has reportedly threatened to quit the BBC Over the axing of the Young Apprentice.

The series continues tonight on BBC One, but it’ll be the last run of the channel.

The Beeb have decided to axe the spin-off due to falling ratings, albeit not helped by going up against shows like I’m A Celebrity.

“The U.S. Apprentice is hosted by Donald Trump and continues to get huge promotion and publicity from its commercial broadcaster NBC,” a source told the Daily Mail recently.

They claimed: “Donald also makes many, many millions from the show, but Alan isn’t bothered about the money side because he understands that the BBC is under financial constraints.

“However, he believes The Apprentice and Young Apprentice have the legs to run for years and years, and if the BBC tries to marginalise them he will jump ship.”

The main Apprentice series will stay on air until at least 2014, although there’s already talk of new projects with other channels.

A spokesperson for Lord Sugar told the newspaper: “Lord Sugar is passionate about and committed to The Apprentice and recently signed a new two-year deal. Production is already under way for a brand new series, which will air on BBC1 next year, and he is on board for a further series in 2014.”