It’s been an action-packed year for The Apprentice already and we’re not sure we can handle any more drama…
Not only did one of the hopefuls stage a walkout a few weeks ago, but half the contestants recently faced the biggest loss in the history of the show and how can we forget Lord Sugar’s brutal firing of Karthik last week?
Surprisingly the latest bit controversy hasn’t come from one of the competitive contestants, instead it’s Lord Sugar’s former right-hand man Nick Hewitt who’s revealed some shocking info about the reality show.
Talking to The Sun, the PR guru allegedly disclosed that while he was working on The Apprentice, BBC producers advised Lord Sugar to hold off firing some contestants based on their attractiveness…
Nick explained: “I say to him, ‘Oh, by the way Alan, the blonde: he or she is as thick as a fridge door, and I urge you with every fibre of your being, get rid of them, because they’re going to let you down.”
“And the producers will say, ‘Do you think you could find it in your heart to not get rid of the blonde just yet?'”
Luckily Lord Sugar’s pal, who appeared on The Apprentice between 2005 and 2014, insisted his former boss’ decision was never swayed, adding: “He [Lord Sugar] will say ‘the blonde will go when the blonde deserves to go’. Phew.
Nick then went on to claim that it wasn’t just their looks that candidates in the boardroom were judged on, but their ability to improve popularity and boost TV ratings.
Despite the horrifying claims, bosses at the BBC have been quick to deny the revelations and a representative for the popular show told the Daily Star online: “The Apprentice is a serious business reality series; the winner will be in partnership with Lord Sugar and therefore needs to have the relevant credentials.
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“References are checked for business and education credentials and a business consultant is involved at audition stages.
“In addition to this, Lord Sugar sees the CVs during final selection process. To say that candidates are chosen purely for their looks or single lines on their CV is not true.”
We certainly hope the candidates are chosen purely on their business skills…
By Naomi Bartram