Lord Sugar and Baroness Karren Brady drop their tough personas when the cameras stop rolling in The Apprentice boardroom, we can reveal.
They admit to having plenty of “banter” behind the scenes on the business show.
There is often bickering about footie because they support rival teams — Karren, 52, is the CEO of West Ham and Lord Sugar, 74, is the former chairman of Spurs.
Karren said: “Alan and I have a lot of banter about football. We always say friendship is first, football is second and politics is last.
“We are both in the House of Lords and we both have our football teams.
“But our friendships always come first ahead of any of that.”
The pair also lark about with wacky merchandise that has been made because of the show.
Karren added: “Alan has these pens with his head on the top and on the side there are two arms. When you press the button a finger comes out and it says, ‘You’re fired’.
Lord Sugar and Karren have worked on the show together for a decade and remain close pals. They have holidayed together with co-star Claude Littner.
She said: “Alan and I have known each other for decades through football. We go on holiday together, we got out to eat, we have a lot in common and we have a lot to talk about. So it’s a pleasure doing the series together.
“I have lots of friends who do television programmes and a lot of them don’t get on.”
The Apprentice returned on Thursday with 16 wannabes trying to take home a £250,000 investment. The series continues on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.
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