The Apprentice 2016: Claude Littner WILL be back... but nicer!

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Claude Littner has confirmed he'll be back for The Apprentice 2016.

The former no nonsense interviewer joined the boardroom last year, taking over from Nick Hewer as one of Lord Sugar's aides.

And in hindsight, Claude feels he may have been a bit harsh to the candidates on his first series.

He told the Daily Star newspaper this week that he planned too be "a little bit more friendly" this series.

"I’m hoping I will do better this time than I did last time," Claude said. “I think I was all right last year. But I think I can do better."

Claude explained: "With the role I was doing before, it was right that I was tougher.

“It’s the interviews so it’s got to be very strict and stern. It’s almost the final at that stage.

"You’re helping find someone who will win. So you can’t play around.

“But when I’m there in my new role I can afford to show a different side to my character."

However we shouldn't expect Claude to become a totally new person, especially if he spots the candidates doing stupid things.

“It’s only if things start to annoy me that I will behave accordingly,” he added.

No start date for The Apprentice 2016 has been confirmed just yet but the new series is expected to begin in the autumn once again this year due to the football (Euro 2016) and Olympics in the summer on BBC One.

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