Jack Dee has announced that he has quit The Apprentice: You’re Fired, and won’t be returning for the new series.
The funny man took over presenting the show from Dara Ó Briain last series and faced criticism online stepping into the comedians shoes, however he’s now announced that he won’t be taking part this year because of “work commitments”.
“It’s been a tough decision to leave You’re Fired,” Dee said.
“I’d like to thank The Apprentice team, BBC Two, the candidates and the ‘Big Man’ Lord Sugar himself for making me feel so welcome but now, in keeping with The Apprentice tradition, I am firing myself. Good luck with the next series.”
Dee is a busy man, currently filming the second series of ‘Josh’, and working on his BBC Two series Jack Dee’s ‘Helpdesk’ and Radio 4 show ’I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue’.
There are already claims that regular panellist Romesh Ranganathan could get promoted to the show’s host, however BBC Entertainment’s acting controller of commissioning Alan Tyler said that Dee will be missed on the show.
“Jack is one of the most talented comedians in the UK and he very quickly made You’re Fired his own,” he said.
“We are really sorry to see him go but we are also delighted to be working with him on a number of other projects.”
The Apprentice will return for a new series in the autumn on BBC One.