THE BBC will not air a series of The Apprentice this year due to the coronavirus crisis.
It will be the first time that the fans miss the annual show since its launch in 2005.
The patterns of delay an announcement on the favourite, famous for Lord Alan Sugar’s catchphrase: “You’re fired”.
They hoped that the easing of lock-in rules to let the shooting begin soon.
But after crunch talks at the end of last week, the producers decided that this would be too difficult to turn to the foreign challenges, and to maintain, even relaxed social distancing.
Instead, they will screen highlights from previous years.
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A telly source told The Sun: “The Apprentice is one of the BBC’s largest and most popular shows so they were desperate not to have to axe it. But they could wait no longer and they ran out of time.
“It does also beg the question of what the knock-on effect on other shows could be. If the Apprentice can’t film, can Strictly and the other?
“This is a serious warning to the industry that even the biggest shows are not immune to this crisis.”
The Sun unveiled for the first time in April, the Beeb has temporarily put the axe in the filming of the show, won last year by Carina Lepore, despite the presence of a full cast of business hopefuls ready to go.
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Today, a spokesperson for the BBC confirmed: “Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the Apprentice to The horizon 2020.
“The Production safety and the well-being of all the people involved in the show is our number one priority.
“Although this is understandably disappointing news, viewers will still be able to get their weekly fix of memorable tasks, the favourite of the candidates and the meeting room bust ups alongside the brand new prospects of Karren, Claude, Lord Sugar and many more from the past 15 years, particular highlights of the series broadcast on BBC1.”
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