You’re Hired! Jack Dee to replace Dara Ó Briain on The Apprentice sister show

JACK DEE: To host The Apprentice: You’re Fired.

JACK DEE has signed up to host the new series of The Apprentice: You’re Fired. The comedian has replaced Dara Ó Briain on the BBC Two companion show, which airs directly after the main episode and features business experts and celebrities discussing the week’s events with the eliminated candidate.

Dee – who has experience in the show after appearing on Comic Relief Does The Apprentice in 2009 – said: “I’m very much looking forward to hosting You’re Fired and hope that the luckless candidates will see me as the friendly face at the end of a difficult time in their lives.”

Meanwhile, friend of the show Romesh Ranganathan has had an upgrade and will be a regular panellist this autumn. “As a massive fan of The Apprentice this is very exciting for me,” he said. “I love You’re Fired and am looking forward to putting all the questions to the candidates that people at home want to see asked.

“I also have a number of business proposals of my own that I think Lord Sugar will be pretty interested in…” The news follows the announcement that terrifying businessman Claude Littner – who regularly put the fear of God into the candidates during the interview stage – has replaced Nick Hewer as one of Lord Sugar’s advisers on the programme.

The Apprentice and The Apprentice: You’re Fired will return later this year. Ant & Dec are returning to present the Brit Awards for a second year running in 2016. The pair hosted this year’s event, which was memorably dominated by Madonna’s stage fall. “We’re really excited to be invited back to host the Brit Awards 2016,” Ant & Dec said.

“In all honesty we only intended to do it for one year but had such a good time we are thrilled to be doing it again. Both of us are looking forward to what will be an incredible night, and we can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of British music once again.”

The Brit Awards will air on ITV live from The O2 on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift were among the major winners at the 35th Brit Awards earlier this year. If you would like me to answer any questions you may have on satellite TV or to expand on anything I have written about please call me on 678 332 815 or email [email protected] I look forward to your comments and questions.

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