Claude, who replaced Nick on the BBC business-based reality show last year, appeared to accuse his predecessor of not doing very much during his 11-year stint.
Appearing on Thursday’s (6 October) ‘Good Morning Britain’, Claude told hosts Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid: “When you saw him on TV he looked like he was just making faces and didn’t contribute much.
“I thought it was a real non-job so I thought I will do the interviews.”
Talking about making the switch from appearing in the interview round to becoming an aide, Claude continued: “Actually there’s an awful lot Karen and I do behind the scenes to advise Lord Sugar.
“Without us, he’s got no chance of being in a position to determine who is really the best person to fire.”
A fresh batch of budding entrepreneurs will be competing in a new set of ‘Apprentice’ challenges in the hope of winning a £250,000 investment, following in the footsteps of 2015 winner Joseph Valente.
Speaking how the new contestants fared in the first episode, he said: “They are trying their best but that’s not quite often good enough.
“They make a small mistake which has drastic effects.”
‘The Apprentice’ airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
‘Good Morning Britain’ airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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