Boris Johnson takes over as presenter of The Apprentice

Newly elected MP and foreign secretary Boris Johnson is set to step into Alan Sugar’s shoes when he takes over as host of The Apprentice for a new series that begins in the UK later this year.

Johnson, 52, is determined to have fun with his new role. He told the Daily Chronicle, “Have I Got News For You is one of the toughest shows on TV to host, so after that, this will be a complete doddle.”

Asked if he will be giving up his cabinet post in order to find time to record the series, Johnson said, “Foreign Secretary only takes up about four and a half hours a week, so I don’t see any problem with tackling both jobs.”

In anticipation of running for parliament during the next general election, which is expected to be within the next 12 months, Sugar has decided not to sign up for a 15th season of The Apprentice.

Although no exact start date has been set just yet, past series have launched in the autumn around the first or second week of October.