Richard is currently one of five contestants left in the running on the pre-recorded BBC series, but has now revealed that he risked his health by taking part, as he chose not to tell producers he’d suffered three small strokes in the months before he applied.
He tells The Sun: “I knew they wouldn’t put someone on who had strokes.
Because he didn’t want to wear an eye-patch, Richard also rejected eye injections to correct his sight, confessing that he put himself in danger on the show by doing so.
“I was also at risk of having a repeat stroke, which could have caused me to be paralysed or even die.”
A spokesperson for ‘The Apprentice’ says: “The care of our candidates is of the upmost importance to us and something we take very seriously.
“At no point did the show’s doctor feel Richard wasn’t well enough to take part in the process, as well as Richard himself saying that he was happy to continue."
The current series of ‘The Apprentice’, which concludes this weekend, has been blighted in controversy, for what has been going on both in and out of the boardroom.
Selina Waterman-Smith has raised eyebrows by repeatedly speaking out against the show, even accusing it of being fixed, while Scott Saunders became one of the select few to have quit the show altogether, rather than being fired by Lord Sugar.