Lord Alan Sugar jetted Down Under to film the new series of Celebrity Apprentice and had to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine before being allowed out to start work. The telly star has now admitted he put on nearly a stone during 14 days cooped up indoors
Lord Alan Sugar has admitted he put on almost a stone in weight after spending two weeks in hotel quarantine in Australia.
The 74-year-old entrepreneur flew Down Under with his wife Ann Simons to start filming the sixth season of Celebrity Apprentice.
The couple had to spend 14 days cooped up in a hotel room as part of the country’s quarantine regulations – and The Apprentice star piled on the pounds.
His quarantine has now come to an end and the star has vowed to throw himself into a new diet and exercise regime in a bid to shift the extra weight he piled on.
In a post on Twitter, Alan wrote: “50k ride 3 times a week in Centennial Park Sydney to burn off the 6kg I put on in the 14 day quarantine.”
After working on the Aussie edition of Celebrity Apprentice, Alan will be returning to the BBC with a new series of the original show which is due to hit screens early next year.
In a post on Facebook on Thursday, he wrote: “The Apprentice is back! As you can guess, things have been delayed due to the pandemic, but a new series will be back on BBC1 in early 2022.
“Until then – for those of you who need an Apprentice fix – The Apprentice Australia will be on BBC1 (and BBC iPlayer ) from Monday 27 September, 11.50pm.”
Lord Sugar spent much of the pandemic holed up at his holiday flat in Florida and he experienced a double tragedy last December when his sister Shirley Regal, 88, died from Covid.
He paid a heartfelt tribute to his eldest sister on Twitter, writing: “She had been sick for a while but I guess Covid got her in the end to join our brother Derek, who passed two weeks ago. RIP SHIRL”.
Two weeks before the passing of his sister, Alan grieved the loss of his brother Derek, who also died from coronavirus.
He tweeted: “Today I lost my long-suffering brother Derek, another victim of Covid which added to his underlying health issues.
“He was a lifetime, passionate Spurs supporter. I never forget my sister-in-law joking with me, thanking me for buying him the club.”
Last September, Sugar hailed government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying Chancellor Rishi Sunak did a “good job.”
He told PA Media: “I think the chancellor has done very well generally, and I say that as someone who is not exactly a supporter of the government.
“There have been a lot of people saying how costly it has been and giving them stick, but I think that’s unfair to be honest.”