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Saturday 19 April 2014

Irish Apprentice will be confused at barn-bracking

Alan Sugar at the Cystic Fibrosis Liv Charity Event at The Dorchester Hotel on January 31, 2008 in London, England. Credit: Eamonn McCormack/Wireimage

WE obviously haven't had enough of the overbearing egos, rows and backstabbing that we got courtesy of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

Last week, it was announced that an Irish version of The Apprentice is to air on TV3 this autumn.

The reality TV show made famous in the US by Donald Trump and by Alan Sugar in the UK is to be fronted in Ireland by Renault boss, Bill Cullen.

Bill made it big by writing his memoirs, It's a Long Way From Penny Apples, and selling zillions of Renault cars.

I worry for Bill because he claims that he wants to be a "nurturer", and also said Alan Sugar was "a grumpy old man". Oh dear, Bill! The only reason people watched The Apprentice is because Sir Alan is like a bad panto villain.

I also think Bill's use of rhyming slang is going to make the Irish Apprentice a confusing experience for its viewers.

Bill claims that instead of saying the famous catch phrase "You're fired" to unsuccessful candidates he may say: "You're barn-bracked".

He's either crazy or a genius, because most people won't even know they're being sacked when he tells them, if he uses that slang.

Roll on the autumn.

Forget about car crash telly -- it's car (dealer) crash telly courtesy of Bill!

Will Hanafin

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