Dara O Briain quits The Apprentice: You’re Fired

The comedian has left the spin-off series to spend more time on his upcoming stand-up tour

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It hasn’t been long since the devastating news that Nick Hewer is leaving his post as Lord Sugar’s right hand man on The Apprentice – but now there’s been another high-profile exit from the BBC series.

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Comedian Dara O Briain, who has hosted the spin-off series The Apprentice: You’re Fired for the past five years, has decided to take his leave in order to focus on his comedy.

In a statement, he said: “After five years hosting You’re Fired, I’ve decided to pass the chair on to someone else. In that time I’ve interviewed 84 wannabe apprentices.

“If I interview any more, I’ll turn into Claude Littner. Mainly though, I’m back on tour again this year and I’d like to enjoy getting laughs off my own incompetence for a while.”

He added: “Best of luck to whoever takes over the chair, you’ll have lots of fun with them.”

The Apprentice: You’re Fired – which was previously hosted by Adrian Chiles – involved O Briain and a panel of guests interviewing failed contestants from the main Apprentice series along with unseen footage and comic interludes.

Patrick Holland, executive producer of both The Apprentice and You’re Fired, said: “Dara has been an absolutely fantastic host of You’re Fired, bringing his hilarious observations, sharp insights and terrific sense of fun to the show.

“It has been a great privilege to work with him and we wish him the very best with his next projects.”

A replacement for the Mock the Week host is yet to be announced, but currently there’s no clue as to who might be filling O Briain’s shoes. Dare we suggest Claude Littner again? That would really motivate contestants to avoid Sugar’s firing…

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Applications for The Apprentice series 11 close on the 26th of January