LORD Alan Sugar has hinted the 20th series of The Apprentice in 2023 will be his last.
The 72-year-old has been at the helm of the BBC One show since 2005, with the 15 series beginning next week.
The business heavyweight is contracted for a 16th series, but speaking at the launch of the new season in London today, he admitted he would probably be willing to sign on for more.
He said: “We have got one more series that I’m contracted to for the record.
“This will be the 16th series and the format owner will be eagerly chasing after us I guess after the 16th series.
“I might do it to 20, 20 sounds a round figure.”
As well as the regular series, Lord Sugar has been at the helm for a number of celebrity specials for charity.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s sister Rachel took part for Comic Relief alongside the likes of Amanda Holden, Rylan Clark-Neal and Robbie Williams’ wife Ayda Field.
But Lord Sugar recalled: “She got very angry with me because I said ‘who wants to be PM apart from your brother?’
“She got very angry, it was cut out [of the show].”
This years 16 candidates are a diverse mix including a para athlete, a sexy artisan bakery owner and an ice cream maker.
They will battle it out over 12 weeks to try and win the £250,000 business investment from Lord Sugar.
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The format was changed after series six, from the winning candidate getting a job with Lord Sugar to them going into business 50/50 with the £250K investment.
Lord Sugar revealed: “It was very difficult in the early days to try to find or create a job for somebody, so the 50/50 business venture has turned out to be a sparkling winner.
“It’s great, it takes me back to my old days hustling around and starting from scratch and help these young people get going.”
The Apprentice begins at 9pm on Wednesday, October 2 on BBC One.
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