The Apprentice’s Claude Littner on his very awkward first interview with Alan Sugar

Sugar said only one word during the whole meeting: "Bored"

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To fans of The Apprentice, Claude Littner is the interviewer from hell, a man always ready to pounce on the slightest mistake, weakness or bending of the truth.

But it turns out he’s been on the other end of a rather difficult interview himself – with none other than Lord Sugar.

The pair are now firm friends and trusted colleagues (in fact, Littner will take over from Nick Hewer as Lord Sugar’s right-hand man on the new series of The Apprentice) but they first met when Lord Sugar, then plain Mr, interviewed Littner for an unspecified job.

In Littner’s own words, as featured in the new issue of Radio Times, here’s what happened in one of the most bizarre and awkward interviews you’re ever likely to hear of…

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Read the full interview with Claude Littner in the new issue of Radio Times magazine, on sale from Tuesday