The Apprentice 2016: Lord Sugar reveals why he nearly QUIT the show

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The Apprentice boss Lord Sugar has revealed how he came close to quitting the show.

Lord Sugar almost walked out the boardroom over the series' format.

Up until series seven, the winner of The Apprentice would go on to get a job at one of Lord Sugar's companies.

But that plan didn't please the Amstrad chief and also angered current employees.

"It wasn’t a good idea and that was it," Lord Sugar admitted this week. “I said, ‘I’m not doing that any more’."

Speaking to The Sun, Lord Sugar said that the new format got him back on board. Instead of a job, The Apprentice winner gets a £250,000 investment into their own business.

"That was the only basis on which I was going to continue doing it," Lord Sugar explained. "Giving someone a job was turning out to be quite difficult.

“It was problematic as far as other employees were concerned. You don’t just create a job out of thin air. Otherwise you don’t have a good business do you? There was never an empty job.

“I would frankly not be still doing this if I hadn’t changed the format.”

Now it sounds as though Lord Sugar has no plans to leave the BBC One series... forever.

"The only change could be if it goes on for the next 20 years, it won’t be £250,000, it’ll be £25million," he remarked.

The Apprentice 2016 starts tonight at 9PM on BBC One.

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