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Tom Allen to host The Apprentice: You're Fired

The comedian, writer and actor replaces Rhod Gilbert as the host of BBC Two’s popular companion show to The Apprentice when the series returns this autumn.

Each week, Tom will be joined on the show by a panel of business gurus, celebrity fans and quick-witted comedians, as he attempts to find out exactly where it all went wrong for each of the unsuccessful candidates, while adding his own, unique take on events.

Self-confessed Apprentice super-fan Tom will offer viewers a witty and exciting take on each week’s biggest wins and most disastrous decisions, all in front of a live studio audience. As with previous series You’re Fired will air immediately after The Apprentice on BBC Two.

Tom Allen is a comedian, writer and actor who started as a stand up at the age of 22 and went on to win both So You Think You’re Funny in Edinburgh and the BBC New Comedy Awards in the same year. Since then he has honed his unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling by performing to audiences during sell out tours across the UK and around the world.

His recent television work has included co-presenting Bake Off: Extra Slice and Bake Off: The Professionals as well as appearances on Mock The Week and Live At The Apollo.

Speaking about joining the show, Tom 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.”

Rhod Gilbert has decided to step down from the role after three series due to commitments on his successful live tour and 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.”

Whilst Controller Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, Kate Phillips said “I’d like to thank Rhod for his fantastic three years in the hot seat, but the show will be in very safe hands as Tom will bring audiences at home and in the studio his own unique take on the weekly tasks and what happens in the Apprentice boardroom.”

The Apprentice and The Apprentice: You’re Fired both return later this year on the BBC.


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