Solomon Akhtar relieved to be fired from The Apprentice

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 December 2014
Solomon Akhtar

Solomon Akhtar

Solomon Akhtar was relieved to be fired from 'The Apprentice' because he feels like too much of a "free spirit" to "be under Lord Sugar's iron fist for the rest of my life."

Solomon Akhtar was relieved to be fired from 'The Apprentice'.

The 23-year-old left the process in last night's (17.12.14) semi-final but revealed he wouldn't have wanted to go into business with Lord Alan Sugar anyway because he didn't want to be controlled by the entrepreneur.

He told BANG Showbiz: "Yeah in a way. Obviously I wanted to win it but I don't think I would want to be under Lord Sugar's iron fist for the rest of my life and I want to do other things. Lord Sugar and I just wouldn't have got on. I don't think we see eye to eye yet and I think that's because I'm a bit of a free spirit."

Continuing to talk about the 67-year-old's leadership style, he admitted he found his focus on forward planning to be too restrictive, and feels too young to go into business with the Amstrad founder.

He said: "I don't think we were suited at all, I don't think it would have worked. I'm probably too immature, I just want to live in the moment. He wants a five year business plan but no one plans five years in advance. I don't know what I'm going to be doing in five years."

The hopeful candidate reached the final five of the competition but said it was his failure to charm the interviewers in a gruelling grilling of his business plan which led to him leaving the competition.

He said: "I found it quite stressful. I think I'm quite wide-eyed, so I just went into it with an open mind thinking I could just charm them and Nick and Karen were quite easy to charm, but Lord Sugar's advisers were a completely different thing. With Claudine [Collins] I think I was fine - I think I get on better with girls - so I found her quite easy, but Claude [Littner] and Mike [Soutarg] just didn't put up with any of my bulls**t, so that's basically why I got fired."

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