We’re so glad to see The Apprentice back on our screens this year, especially as it’s been missing from the TV schedule since pre-pandemic times. With the *ahem* creative ideas, Karen’s brilliant eye rolls and Lord Sugar’s painful puns, it’s like we’ve never been away from the boardroom.
Two contestants have already been ‘fired’, but another budding business person has been forced to leave the competition. Shama Amin, 41, had to withdraw from The Apprentice due to health reasons.
Comedian Tom Allen, who hosts spin-off show The Apprentice: You’re Fired, spoke about Shama’s shock exit on Tuesday’s episode of The One Show.
‘It’s so sad because she’s absolutely brilliant and such a clever person and such a lovely person,’ he said. ‘And I know all the candidates were really devastated that she had to leave the process early.’
Shama, who is a children’s day nursery owner and mum-of-five, left the series due to her struggle with rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Taking part in the BBC One show became too ‘physically demanding’ for the 41-year-old.
Her exit is due to be shown in the next episode, as she personally tells Lord Sugar she is leaving.
‘I would just like to say something, Lord Sugar, if that’s OK. I suffer from a condition called rheumatoid arthritis,’ Shama starts. ‘Because of medical reasons, due to this process being so physically demanding, despite the efforts the whole team has made to support me, I’ve had to make a difficult decision to leave the process.’
As Shama will no longer be taking part, 13 entrepreneurs remain in the competition to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment and become his next business partner.
Tom Allen added he thought Shama ‘would have gone a long way in the competition’ and is ‘sure she’ll go on to great things.’
He then went on to critique the boys’ team, after they’ve lost the challenges for two weeks running: ‘They don’t listen to each other very much. I think it’s always about communication with the boys’ team. It’s often the boys’ teams early on that let themselves down. Silly boys in their lovely suits but they talk too much and they don’t listen to each other and they come up with some truly dreadful products.’
The next episode of the show, which will air on Thursday night, features the teams tasked with making non-alcoholic drinks.