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Lord Alan Sugar has accused Piers Morgan of 'scaremongering' during the coronavirus pandemic, calling his behaviour 'disgusting'.

ALAN SUGAR posted a tweet which was branded “racist” earlier today. He has since deleted it and and apologised, and now the BBC have responded to the backlash, calling the upload “misjudged”. © Provided by The Independent Alan Sugar’s tweet, which shared false conspiracies about Covid-19 (Twitter) Asked by a Twitter user for the source of the text in Sugar’s tweet, Sugar replied: “Who.

Speaking to Sarah-Jane Mee on her new Sky News podcast In This Together, The Apprentice star said: 'He's just gone completely over the top and in the early stages of [the COVID-19 pandemic] scaremongering, and his constant hammering of the government is absolutely irresponsible and disgusting to be honest.'

When asked by Mee whether their friendship was beyond repair, Lord Sugar said: 'I basically don't care really, to be perfectly frank. I think he's enjoyed it, enjoyed trying to make a name for himself.

'When this is all over who knows. Do I care? No. I couldn't give a damn to be honest with you. But I'm not going to stand by and remain silent when I see him spewing out so much rubbish unfairly against the government.'

Clarifying his political position, Lord Sugar added: 'Let me make it perfectly clear, the government's not perfect, mistakes have been made and they're learning as we're going along.'

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The 73-year-old's sparring with Morgan, 55, began in 2007, when the journalist took part in a charity version of The Apprentice, and was swiftly fired by the businessman.

They have locked horns many times over the ensuing years, with their public spats frequently playing out on social media.

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Up until now, the bickering has been in relatively good spirits, and to prove the point, just last year Lord Sugar appeared on Piers Morgan's Life Stories.

Last year they even holidayed in the south of France together.

However, their love-hate relationship took a turn for the worse earlier this year, after Morgan spoke out against Boris Johnson's government for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

And just this month, Lord Sugar riled his ex-pal after asking him if he'd 'been buying followers' on Twitter. Morgan has 7.5 million followers, while Lord Sugar has 5.3 million.

Morgan has since described Lord Sugar as 'a former friend'.

Assessing the government's management of the global health crisis thus far, Lord Sugar admits: 'We've got caught with our trousers down, so to speak.

'I mean no one has ever been through anything like this and we have to learn as we go along what to do and I think it's unreasonable to expect that the government should be fully aware of what they need to do.

'It's kind of a learning curve. I think they've done the best they possibly can. I don't think they're deliberately going out of their way not to help, but it is a learning curve.'

Lord Sugar also praised the resourcefulness of the nation's businesses throughout the lockdown.

'That's the resourcefulness of the entrepreneur or good business people to realise what they can do rather than sit back and moan, just to get on and do something about it.

'Restaurants have been doing takeaway for example, some people have jumped on the bandwagon of making masks, some people have realised that there is a business to be had in the healthcare industry, so they've adapted very well and good luck to them.'

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The full interview with Lord Sugar is included in Mee's In This Together podcast, which aims to celebrate uplifting moments during the coronavirus outbreak.

Comedian Katherine Ryan also joins in the podcast chat.

#InThisTogether is available on Spotify, Apple Music and wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts.

Sky News has contacted Piers Morgan for comment.

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Lord Alan Sugar has been bombarded with criticism for spreading fake coronavirus claims via his Twitter account.

The Apprentice host this afternoon (30 April) posted a screenshotted image falsely claiming that the Nobel laureate Dr Tasuka Honjo had declared Covid-19 “not natural” and “made” by China.

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The message has been spread in various forms across the internet in recent weeks. On 27 April, Honjo decried the use of his name in spreading false information.

“In the wake of the pain, economic loss, and unprecedented global suffering caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, I am greatly saddened that my name and that of Kyoto University have been used to spread false accusations and misinformation,” he wrote in a statement.

Numerous Twitter users slammed Sugar for spreading the claims, with some demanding that Twitter shut down his account in response.

“Please delete this,” wrote one follower. “It’s fake news and very dangerous.” Another added: “Get rid of this chump’s blue tick.”

© Provided by The Independent Alan Sugar’s tweet, which shared false conspiracies about Covid-19 (Twitter)Asked by a Twitter user for the source of the text in Sugar’s tweet, Sugar replied: “Who knows.”

When another person tweeted at Sugar that the text was “fake news”, Sugar wrote that he “just passed it on” and “didn’t write it”.

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Nearly two hours after posting the original message, Sugar clarified that the Honjo quotes were fake, writing: “Looks like, to quote Donald [Trump], that was fake news…”

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Who knows https://t.co/Tm4Rdv69pg

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) April 30, 2020

Sugar has yet to take down his original tweet, which has been retweeted more than a thousand times in the two hours since it was posted.

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Gallery: The Apprentice confirms what happens to profits made from tasks (Good Housekeeping)