Dragon’s Den mogul suggests co-star should take over from Lord Sugar on the Apprentice

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DRAGON’S Den star Steven Barlett knows all about making big business decisions.

And the multimillionaire entrepreneur helped the BBC replace Lord Sugar in the hit series The Apprentice.

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Dragons’ Den millionaire Steven Bartlett has offered co-star Deborah Meaden to replace Lord Sugar in The ApprenticeCredit: BBC
Lord Sugar filmed 16 series of The Apprentice and previously indicated he would likely quit after turning 20.

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Lord Sugar filmed 16 series of The Apprentice and previously indicated he would likely quit after turning 20.

Steven suggested Deborah Meaden take on the role, after walking away from being a potential contender, and he believes fellow Dragon will take the show to new levels.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Steven said: “I don’t think it’s for me. If I were to do a TV show I would want to do something completely new.

“But you know who I think would be great for that? I don’t know if I should say this but I’m going anyway, I personally think Deborah Meaden would be a brilliant candidate.

“I don’t know if she would and we never talked about it, but I think she’s a TV legend and it takes a certain powerful, wise, assertive entrepreneur to step into that role and push it. Even further.

“I think Deborah Meaden is the best.”

Steven, pictured second from right, walked away from being a potential candidate to replace Lord Sugar

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Steven, pictured second from right, walked away from being a potential candidate to replace Lord SugarCredit: PA
Steven is currently working with NatWest creating a series of motivational videos to help budding entrepreneurs

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Steven is currently working with NatWest creating a series of motivational videos to help budding entrepreneurs
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Lord Sugar has filmed 16 series of The Apprentice and has previously indicated he is likely to retire after turning 20 unless the BBC decides to step in sooner and inject some new blood.

Meanwhile, Steven – who became the youngest Dragon in the show’s history earlier this year – says he would like to step up his own television endeavors by becoming the figurehead of his own “business show. modern”.

The Diary of a CEO podcast admits it has held talks with various production companies, but is keen to remain on the BBC.

He explains: “I’m always considering TV options, every month we receive many proposals from different production companies.

“If I have to do anything on television I would like it to be with the BBC because I worked with them on Dragons and I would like to do a really modern business show that has excited the younger generation and got them really inspired to get into business, to start their own businesses and understand modern platforms like TikTok.

Steven is currently working with NatWest creating a series of motivational videos to help budding entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

He was keen to get involved in the project having received little help with his own finances as a budding entrepreneur.

The TV star says: “In the first chapter of my life, my financial habits were abysmal because knowledge is power and I think there is a real financial information deficit.

“It’s seen as a boring thing, saving money, but I don’t think anyone considers going on holiday to be boring, or being able to afford to take kids to watch their favorite football team is boring.

“For me, these are goals and they need to know that money unlocks, it’s the coal engine of all my dreams, so grab it and be proactive about money, which is what most people Brits aren’t, especially in the current macroeconomic environment, giving the impression that it’s never been more important than ever before.

MADELEY MILLION EMBLEM

The passage of RICHARD Madeley in Who wants to be a millionaire? was generally hectic.

The TV veteran mistakenly tried to sit in host Jeremy Clarkson’s chair when he entered the studio.

Richard Madeley has repeatedly called Jeremy Clarkson a

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Richard Madeley repeatedly referred to Jeremy Clarkson as “Chris” during his appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?1 credit

He also repeatedly referred to Jeremy as “Chris”, confusing him with the show’s former presenter Chris Tarrant.

Richard said: “I’m going in your place, I’m calling you by your predecessor – it’s fine.”

He later recounted how his wife Judy Finnigan warned him not to confuse the two ITV quiz hosts, adding: ‘The last thing Judy said to me before I arrived was ‘Don’t l don’t call Chris”.

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Jeremy replied, “Anyway, Piers.”

The show is October 16, not that Richard remembers.

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