17/07/2012 10:16 BST

'The Apprentice': Lord Sugar Confirms He Will Return For Two More Series

Lord Alan Sugar has confirmed he will renew his role as the surly investor on two more series of The Apprentice.

The business tycoon announced on Twitter that he will front a ninth and tenth edition of the BBC entrepreneurial reality show:

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The show, which first launched on BBC Two in 2005, concluded its eighth series in June with recruitment manager and professional wrestler Ricky Martin becoming Lord Sugar's business partner and receiving a £250,000 investment.

In May Lord Sugar revealed he will not be making any more series of The Celebrity Apprentice because the stars "can be a bit difficult to deal with," but he has renewed his commitment to both The Apprentice and The Young Apprentice.

During the last series, the Amstrad founder felt a backlash from his more than 2m Twitter followers, after he encouraged them to contact a TV critic who gave his BBC show a negative review.

However, those bad reviews haven't stopped the BBC commissioning two more series, and the show remains one of the most watched programmes in its TV slot.

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