FANS of the show have eagerly been waiting for the return of the business competition.
However, setbacks due to the coronavirus have thwarted the 2020 production.
Why is The Apprentice not on this year?
The BBC has decided to cancel The Apprentice this year.
The news comes amid concern over the increasing coronavirus pandemic.
After two trips abroad had been cancelled due to the deadly virus, BBC bosses decided to postpone filming.
With no end in sight to the UK lockdown, the BBC and the production company Boundless decided to cancel all work on the show.
A BBC spokesman said; "In light of the spread of Covid-19, after much consideration, Boundless the producers of The Apprentice, have postponed filming in consultation with and supported by the BBC.
"We will continue to review all productions on a case by case basis and will continue to follow the latest news and advice from the Foreign Office, World Health Organisation and Public Health England."
When will it return?
When exactly the popular business show will return remains uncertain.
However, Lord Sugar told his large Twitter following that The Apprentice could be back in early 2021. Alternatively, they might have to wait a whole year before they can start producing a new series.
Lord Sugar also suggested that possible candidates for the next series had already been shortlisted.
He added: "The BBC has a selection of candidates ready to go from the last recruitment process in March. They will be called on once we have the green sign to start filming"
Who won in 2019?
Last year, Carina Lepore managed to win the business competition with her Dough Artisan Bakehouse business concept.
Carina owns a bakery called Dough Artisan Bakehouse in Herne Hill, where her father is the head baker.
Her business plan involved opening franchises of the bakery across "every high street in the UK''.
As a result of her winning last year's show, Carina received £250,000 to invest into her business idea and a 50/50 partnership with Lord Sugar.
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