BBC has announced that comedian, writer and actor Tom Allen is the new host of The Apprentice: You’re Fired.
The Apprentice: You’re Fired is the companion show to The Apprentice, during which the most recently fired candidate is joined by comedians, celebrity fans and business gurus to discuss their recent elimination.
Each week, Allen will attempt to find out what went wrong for the unsuccessful candidates, giving his own unique take on events with his signature acerbic wit.
A self-confessed Apprentice super-fan, Allen and the panel will look at the week’s biggest wins and fatal mishaps in front of a live studio audience.
Allen started his stand-up career at 22, going on to win So You Think You’re Funny at Edinburgh Fringe and the BBC New Comedy Award in the same year.
He has sold out tours across the UK and appeared on shows such as Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo and Bake Off: The Professionals.
In response to his new hosting duties, Allen said: “I’m excited and humbled to be joining this wonderful, much loved show as host.
“I’m looking forward to analysing, satirising and, dare I say, celebrating the many ‘interesting’ choices the candidates make during their Apprentice journey whilst gaining valuable insight into the business world.”
The previous host Rhod Gilbert stepped down after three series due to his live tour commitments.
Gilbert said: “I'm back on the road after a seven-year break, and with such a busy stand-up touring schedule, it's time to hand over the reins of You’re Fired to someone else.
“The brilliant Tom Allen is going to smash it. In a good way.”
The Apprentice and The Apprentice: You’re fired will return to the BBC later this year.