Dara O Briain quits You’re Fired and announces UK comedy tour

Comedian Dara O Briain will not present the next series of

The Apprentice

spin-off show You’re Fired.

Dara, 42, who has hosted the companion show for five years, said he wants to spend more time on his own comedy.

Crowd Tickler, his first live show for three years, begins this month and runs until June with 65 nights booked throughout the UK. 

He told the Irish Post: “After five years hosting You’re Fired, I’ve decided to pass the chair on to someone else. In that time I’ve interviewed 84 wannabe apprentices.

“If I interview any more, I’ll turn into Claude Littner. Mainly though, I’m back on tour again this year and I’d like to enjoy getting laughs off my own incompetence for a while.

“Best of luck to whoever takes over the chair, you’ll have lots of fun with them.”

His departure comes after PR guru Nick Hewer decided to step down after a decade as Lord Sugar’s right-hand man on the BBC1 show.

Patrick Holland, executive producer of The Apprentice and You’re Fired, said: “Dara has been an absolutely fantastic host of You’re Fired, bringing his hilarious observations, sharp insights and terrific sense of fun to the show.

“It has been a great privilege to work with him and we wish him the very best with his next projects.”

A replacement for the Irish comedian will be announced in due course.

Applications for the 11th series of The Apprentice close at midnight on January 26.