Uzma: Lord Sugar's Apprentice sacking 'made sense'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 23 May 2013
Uzma Yakoob

Uzma Yakoob

Uzma Yakoob thinks Lord Alan Sugar's decision to fire her from 'The Apprentice' last night (22.05.13) "made sense", but she thinks losing Project Manager Neil Clough should have gone instead of her

Uzma Yakoob thinks Lord Alan Sugar's decision to fire her from 'The Apprentice' "made sense".

The make-up brand owner was fired from the BBC One show last night (22.05.13) after her team, Endeavour, failed to outsell team Evolve when it came to selling produce, which they had sourced and stocked, in their own farm shops.

However, the 32-year-old entrepreneur realised straight away she would be sent packing when Project Manager Neil Clough selected her to go back in the boardroom for her third time, along with him and Kurt Wilson.

She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I just knew, as soon as Neil said he was bringing me back into the boardroom I just thought, 'I may as well go and get my suitcase now.'

"It was my third time in the boardroom and I was up against two guys who had never been in the boardroom before so I knew where my destiny lay at that moment.

"Lord Sugar's decision obviously makes sense. I can understand why I was fired being in the boardroom for a third time. I've got mixed feelings about it but I can understand why he washed his hands of me."

Despite accepting Lord Sugar's decision, Uzma believes Neil was the main culprit for the failure of the task and hit out at the soccer centre manager for being "calculative".

She added: "I think, based on the task, Neil should have gone for his lack of Project Manager skills. He needs to listen to his team and identify skills that your team have to offer.

"If Neil had listened to the suggestions then I would have been able to contribute more.

"With Neil I think he is quite calculative. If I had been on his sub-team and I had chance to bond with him then I don't think I would have gone into the boardroom. I think Natalie [Panayi] would have.

"He could have split us up for that reason but I don't know, I can't say it was a deliberate tactic."

'The Apprentice' returns next Tuesday (28.05.13) at 9pm on BBC One.

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