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Lord Sugar talks tough BBC Covid rules on The Apprentice in thinly-veiled dig at Strictly

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Lord Alan Sugar's enormously popular TV show The Apprentice is back for another season - and the business mogul has been quick to assure the public of the stringent Covid criteria behind the scenes.

While anti-vaxxers were technically allowed to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, anyone competing for the £250,000 business investment on The Apprentice was required to first demonstrate their status as double-jabbed.Alan proudly stated that, due to the strict combination of vaccination and testing, not a single mask was needed on his BBC One show.Strictly bosses took a different stance, explaining that they could not "force" any dancer into getting protected.In his statement to the Daily Mail, Alan clarified: "Candidates did have to be double.

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Lord Sugar: The Apprentice star suffers broken septum due to 'harrowing' Covid measures
The Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar has revealed that he suffered a broken septum after following the "harrowing" coronavirus protocols that were needed to film the latest series of the popular BBC show.The 16th series is set to air on January 6 as contestants battle it out to receive a £250,000 investment from the business magnate, 74.But in a new interview, the Hackney native has told how he was left with a broken septum after adhering to Covid protocols that included rigorous testing.The TV personality detailed the requirements that were necessary for the show's 16th season to go ahead.Lord Sugar also revealed the jaw-dropping number of Covid tests he's done in preparation for filming the show.He said: "The Covid protocol was harrowing, to make it simple."I think my last count I’ve done 79 Covid tests," he admitted.The business mogul told The Mirror and other publications: "I haven’t got Covid but I’ve got a broken septum in my nose here."His co-star, business executive Karren Brady, also had her say on working within strict Covid rules, explaining that they were necessary to keep everyone safe.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."She went on to reveal that social distancing, mask-wearing and constant testing were all measures taken even when the cameras weren't filming.Lord Sugar's comments come after he hit out at former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, following his remarks about this year's honours list.Piers told his 7.9 million Twitter followers how "disappointed" he was that he wasn't included on the list and "will have to wait" for his turn.He wrote: "Very disappointed not to have