Lord Sugar says he has broken septum after harrowing Apprentice Covid rules

Lord Alan Sugar has revealed he suffered a broken septum after going through Covid protocols that go along with filming the latest series of The Apprentice.

The 74 year old explained what the people on the show have had to do to stick to coronavirus restrictions as well as still being able to create the 16th season.

He admitted he's had to take a total of 79 Covid tests so far as well as describing the rules put in place as 'harrowing'.

The entrepreneur told Daily Star and other press: "The Covid protocol was harrowing, to make it simple. I think my last count I’ve done 79 Covid tests.

"I haven’t got Covid but I’ve got a broken septum in my nose here."

Co-star Karren Brady explained that working with Covid rules has been difficult but it was the priority of the production to keep everyone safe.

Everybody involved had to undergo regular testing as well as wearing PPE.

She said: "I think it was a mammoth task in itself, keeping everybody safe, that was the priority of the production team and everybody who was involved.

"Constant testing, we maintained social distancing where we could, we wore masks when we weren’t filming."

Lord Sugar couldn't praise his staff enough as he said they've been working from home when needed just as hard as if they were still in the office.

However, they have also been able to come back into the office as soon as Covid restrictions allowed.

He said: "Where there’s been a justifiable reason to work from home, my loyal staff have put themselves out and have worked very very hard and diligently.

"Having said that, as soon as it was not necessary to do so my loyal staff were very happy to come back into the workplace where they realised they could get more done than from home."

Lord Sugar added they've been through 'difficult times' as well as describing himself as 'old fashioned'.

But, he thinks that working from home became more popular even before the pandemic but he joked he was an 'old fart' and prefers being in the workplace.

The Apprentice will be back on your screens Thursday, January 6, on BBC and iPlayer from 9 pm.

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