Rhod Gilbert to host The Apprentice spin-off You’re Fired

The Welsh comedian takes over from Jack Dee, with last year's full-time panellist Romesh Ranganathan waving goodbye to the BBC2 show for now

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Rhod Gilbert will host this year’s The Apprentice spin-off You’re Fired, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal. 

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The Welsh comedian will take over from Jack Dee, who fired himself after last year’s series. And Gilbert thinks he’s got just the right experience to ace his new role on the BBC2 post-boardroom debrief, having been shown the door rather a lot himself. 

“As a massive fan of The Apprentice, I can’t wait to start hosting You’re Fired. As someone who has been fired from 24 jobs in six series of my BBC work experience show [Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience], I feel I have what it takes to empathise with the candidates who’ve been so cruelly rejected, and provide a shoulder for them to cry on.”

Gilbert, well-known for shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For You?, will be joined by a variety of business experts and celebrities to discuss each outgoing candidate’s performance after they’ve faced Lord Sugar’s firing finger of doom. 

Unfortunately, we understand this will not include a regular appearance from Romesh Ranganathan, who was Dee’s full-time guest last year. While a huge fan of the show, it’s understood Ranganathan’s schedule couldn’t allow him to commit to the full series. However, we’ve been advised that he’s been invited back as a guest, so will hopefully appear on at least one episode. Other guests, we’re told, are still being finalised. 

“It’s great news that Rhod will be joining as the host of You’re Fired on BBC2,” said Kate Phillips, the BBC’s entertainment commissioning controller. “A natural and accomplished presenter as well as a brilliant comic, he’s perfect for the role and I’m very excited to hear his unique take on the highlights of The Apprentice each week!”

As with previous series, You’re Fired will air immediately after the main BBC1 episode. Gilbert will also host the final episode, You’re Hired, with the winning candidate. 

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The Apprentice and You’re Fired return to BBC1 and BBC2 this October