Series One of The Apprentice (UK), a British reality television series, was broadcast in the UK during 2005 on BBC Two, from 16 February to 4 May on Wednesday evenings.
Commenting on his addiction, he stated in his interview: "I blew over £20,000 on cocaine in five years. I broke her heart." Controversy surrounded Ian Stringer following his appearance on the show.
The first piece of controversy surrounded his ex-wife Kirsty branding him a "loverat", after he left her three weeks after she had given birth to their second child, claiming he abandoned his children in his quest for fame, leaving her to struggle financially after he gave up his job and £35,000 salary to partake on the show.
The Apprentice 2016 hits screens on Thursday 6 October for the twelfth series.
Lord Sugar is once again joined by advisors Baroness Karren Brady and Claude Littner as they put 18 brand new candidates through their paces to secure his £250k investment in their business plan.
Following his appearance on the show, Simon Smith admitted in an interview with the Sunday Mirror that he had spent five years being addicted to cocaine.