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5 Times Claude Littner lost his rag on The Apprentice

When she's not writing, Claire Gillespie can most often be found wiping snotty noses, picking up Lego, taking photos of her cat or doing headstands.

Littner replaces Nick Hewer as Alan Sugar's advisor on The Apprentice

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He's not known as "the cheese grater" for nothing. For 10 years Claude Littner has been an integral part of The Apprentice, scaring the bejesus out of Alan Sugar's wannabe business partners and generally making them feel like total losers (even those who go on to win the show).

His efforts have clearly paid off as the BBC has announced that he is to take a seat at the boardroom table by Lord Sugar's side from the next series. Littner will replace 71-year Nick Hewer, who is leaving the show after 10 years as Sir Alan's trusty sidekick.

For those who have grown a bit weary of The Apprentice in recent years — too many of the candidates seem to crave a life of celebrity and/or controversy rather than a business partner — Littner's new role is sure to mix things up a little.

"If the candidates think I am soft and fluffy, they haven't been watching me on The Apprentice over the past decade," Littner said in a statement. "I will now be assessing their performance in the process, individually and within their teams. I will be reporting to Lord Sugar to play my part in ensuring that his personal investment of £250,000 goes to the best candidate. I'm ready, and this won't be a walk in the park!"

Littner hardly looks like the soft and fluffy sort and anyone who's watched the interview stage of the show will know just how formidable he can be.

"You can leave, goodbye"

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"This interview is terminated"

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"You're not even a fish"

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"You're talking nonsense"

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"You're trying to defend what's frankly indefensible"

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The Apprentice returns to BBC1 later this year.

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