Lord Alan Sugar shuts down calls to leave The Apprentice  – Latest News

Lord Alan Sugar shuts down calls to leave The Apprentice – Latest News


To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video  Lord Alan Sugar has shut down criticism that he should step down from The Apprentice following his ‘racist tweet’ scandal last year
 The business mogul, who has headed the BBC series since its inception in 2004, was asked at an exclusive press screening for the upcoming series for his response to those calling for him to throw in the towel and forfeit his role on the show
 ‘Who are these people?’ Lord Sugar replied, to which a reporter explained: ‘People on Twitter
’  ‘Really? Who are these people?’ he continued. ‘People you’re making up? What’s the next question?’  Back in June 2018, Lord Sugar sparked outrage when he posted a tweet about the Senegal World Cup football team which was accused of racism
 Lord Sugar, 72, shared a picture on social media of the team with a blanket laid out and covered with sunglasses and handbags Photoshopped in front of them
 He wrote: ‘I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi-tasking resourceful chaps
’  The tweet was instantly branded racist by many, but Lord Sugar didn’t seem to understand why it was offensive
 In response to one person who called the post ‘terrible’, he replied: ‘Why?’ He also tweeted: ‘I can’t see what I have to apologise for… you are OTT… it’s a bloody joke
’  The Apprentice star then deleted the post and wrote: ‘Just been reading the reaction my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella
 ‘Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly, I can’t see that, I think it’s funny
But I will pull it down if you insist.’  Lord Sugar, who isn’t directly employed by the BBC for The Apprentice, added today that he reckons he’ll leave the show after its 20th series
 ‘We’ve got one more series that I’m contracted, it will be the 16th series,’ he said
 ‘The format director is sat over there and he’ll be eagerly chasing us after the end of the 16th series
 ‘I might do it to 20, 20 sounds a round figure.’  The Apprentice begins Wednesday 2 October on BBC One at 9pm

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