Apprentice star slams 'unprofessional' Lord Sugar

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 July 2013
Jordan Poulton

Jordan Poulton

Axed 'Apprentice' contestant Jordan Poulton hit out at Lord Alan Sugar for being "harsh" and "unprofessional" after he was fired on the BBC One show last night (10.07.13)

Jordan Poulton has slammed Lord Alan Sugar for being "unprofessional" following his axing from 'The Apprentice'.

The business analyst was fired alongside Neil Clough and Francesca MacDuff-Varley on the BBC One show last night (10.07.13), after the entrepreneur had concerns about whether or not Jordan actually owns his business.

As a result, Lord Sugar was reluctant to give the 26-year-old contestant the chance to play for his £250,000 investment in the final, instead choosing Leah Totton and Luisa Zissman as his final two, but Jordan has hit out at the businessman's "harsh" comments shortly before firing him.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think under the interpretation he was going with it was fair to be frustrated, but the manner in which it was delivered was quite unprofessional and a bit harsh.

"I think if I had made sure my legal documentation was all in order beforehand then I would have probably had a much better chance of making the final.

"I think it was a mistake of me to have not solidified that relationship contractually before the programme started, and maybe I was a little naive in not realising how much that could be construed."

Francesca MacDuff-Varley also blasted Lord Sugar for his lack of "understanding" in her fitness class idea.

She said: "I think he underestimated my talent. But he's untitled to his own opinion. I'll be in business 10 years later just as I've been here 10 years before.

"I just think he didn't get it, he didn't even know what Zumba was. Every female I've ever told about the idea says it's amazing.

"It was a credible plan, he never said it wasn't, but I need someone with maybe a bit of understanding of my industry."

Neil Clough was left in tears following his firing, which came about due to his poor business plan, and while he joked he needs to enroll in some "business plan writing classes", he still gets emotional thinking about being axed.

He said: "I'm finding it really tough. I put everything into it. I had one goal to win it so I really feel like I've let myself down at the final hurdle.

"I feel like I disappointed him at the same time and that makes it even harder.

"Watching the episode back was really emotional for me because you could see how much he didn't really want to fire me.

"It hurts me to say it but I think he made the right decision firing me."

'The Apprentice Final' airs on Wednesday July 17 at 8pm followed by 'You're Hired' with Dara O'Briain at 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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