Apprentice host Lord Sugar has been tipped to be axed from the BBC show following a tweet that many have deemed to be racist.
Lord Sugar tweeted a photo of the Senegal football team with photos of sunglasses and handbags, with the caption: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking resourceful chaps.”
Minutes after the tweet was sent, fans and followers began branding the 71-year-old as racist. Lord Sugar quickly deleted the tweet.
I misjudged me earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) June 20, 2018
The BBC put out a statement confirming the tweet did come from the Apprentice host and Lord Sugar also retweeted it.
“Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no doubt about our view on this. It’s right he’s apologised unreservedly,” the broadcaster said.
Despite all this, the bookies are putting the odds on him not returning for another series of the show but it looks like the BBC is standing by their host.
The Apprentice is slated to return for its 14th series later this year and a rumoured celebrity version is possibly in the works.
The Apprentice returns to BBC One in the autumn.