Rhod Gilbert has signed on as the new host for BBC Two’s The Apprentice companion series You’re Fired and You’re Hired, TVWise has learned. He succeeds Jack Dee who fronted season ten, following the exit of long-time host Dara Ó Briain.
“I am delighted that Rhod is taking the hot seat on You’re Fired”, said Patrick Holland, BBC Two Channel Editor. “Rhod is a brilliantly individual comedian and I think the audience will love his gentle grilling of each week’s fired candidate.”
You’re Fired airs on BBC Two immediately after episodes of The Apprentice have aired on BBC One. Each episode of the series sees Gilbert appear alongside a variety of business experts and celebrities to discuss the outgoing candidates’ performance. While You’re Hired, which airs after the season finale of The Apprentice, sees Gilbert speak with the winning candidate and Lord Sugar.
“As a massive fan of The Apprentice, I can’t wait to start hosting You’re Fired”, Rhod Gilbert said in a statement. “As someone who has been fired from 24 jobs in six series of my BBC work experience show [Rhod Gilberts Work Experience], I feel I have what it takes to empathise with the candidates who’ve been so cruelly rejected, and provide a shoulder for them to cry on.”
Both You’re Fired (11×30) and You’re Hired (1×60) were commissioned by BBC Entertainment Commissioning Editor Sarah Clay and are produced for BBC Two by FremantleMedia UK’s factual entertainment label Boundless. Amanda Sangorski is the series producer, while Cal Turner executive produces. Both The Apprentice and You’re Fired are set to premiere next month.
“It’s great news that Rhod will be joining as the host of You’re Fired on BBC Two”, added the BBC’s Controller Entertainment Commissioning Kate Phillips. “A natural and accomplished presenter as well as a brilliant comic, he’s perfect for the role and I’m very excited to hear his unique take on the highlights of The Apprentice each week!”