Claude Littner volition beryllium absent from the adjacent bid of The Apprentice portion helium recovers from a cycling accident.
The businessman had the mishap successful April portion riding an electrical motorcycle that injured his close limb truthful severely doctors considered amputating it.
He has had 9 surgeries to day and is owed to person different connected 19 July.
Former Apprentice victor Tim Campbell volition articulation Lord Alan Sugar and Baroness Karren Brady erstwhile the bid returns to BBC One successful aboriginal 2022.
Littner replaced Nick Hewer connected the programme successful 2015 having antecedently been seen interviewing the show's candidates.
Lord Sugar said helium had been speaking to his long-time person and concern subordinate regularly and hoped to spot him backmost successful the boardroom "very soon".
Littner, 72, said helium had been "pottering along" adjacent his location successful northbound London erstwhile the mishap occurred.
"I fishy I deed a pothole oregon thing similar that," helium said. "The adjacent happening I knew I was lying connected the ground."
An ambulance took him to the trauma portion astatine St Mary's Hospital successful Paddington wherever surgeons successfully managed to prevention his leg.
Littner said helium had mislaid 2 chromatic (12.7 kg) since the mishap from which helium had an "absolute determination" to recover.
He said helium was arsenic determined to instrumentality to The Apprentice arsenic soon arsenic helium is able, adding: "There's nary ifs and buts astir it.
"Whilst I'm disappointed that I won't beryllium retired and astir covering the tasks oregon successful the boardroom for this upcoming series, I'll astir decidedly beryllium glued to the enactment from my sofa."
Campbell, who won the archetypal bid of The Apprentice successful 2005, said helium was some "saddened" to perceive of Littner's mishap and "excited" to capable his chair.
"Having been connected the amusement myself, I cognize the hard enactment that goes into it truthful I didn't instrumentality the determination lightly," helium added. "I privation Claude the precise champion arsenic helium recovers."
The Apprentice sees budding candidates vie successful a bid of tasks to spot which of them volition yet beryllium chosen to beryllium Lord Sugar's caller concern partner.
Karren Brady joined the sheet successful 2009 pursuing the departure of Margaret Mountford.