Lord Sugar felt he was unfairly portrayed by the BBC during the early years of 'The Apprentice'.

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar

The businessman was new to the world of reality TV when the long-running show first in the UK launched back in 2005, and he revealed the editing process created a very different impression of him by not showing the more lighthearted moments.

Appearing on ITV's 'Loose Women' on Tuesday (04.09.18), he said: "The BBC when they first got hold of me, they put me on this programme. I didn't know much about editing and all of that type of thing.

"The boardroom sessions last about three hours, and during that three hour period they edit it down to 20 minutes. There's a lot of banter, there's a lot of fun, a lot of laughter, we do have fun in there."

He admitted he was made out to be "a bit of an ogre" during the early series of the show, and it was sometimes difficult for her family to see him presented in such a way.

He explained: "The BBC squeezes it down, and for the first couple of series they made me out to be a bit of an ogre, so to speak. The biggest complainer was my wife, who said to me 'this is unreasonable, unfair. You're not like that.' "

While Lord Sugar claimed he didn't think it was a big issue, he did speak to producers about making sure some of the relaxed exchanges are still shown on air.

He added: "I had words with them, and now we're allowed to have a bit of joking around that is actually broadcast. It didn't bother me."