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Tuesday 21 November 2017

I knew 100% I’d be gone, says dashed Apprentice hopeful

The entrepreneur said the contest had started to become about personalities.

Sarah Jayne Clark.
Sarah Jayne Clark.

By Francesca Gosling

The latest hopeful to get the boot from The Apprentice has confessed she knew “100%” that her time on the show was up.

Clothing entrepreneur Sarah Jayne Clark received the dreaded firing from Lord Alan Sugar on Wednesday night’s episode of the BBC One show, after leading Team Vitality to yet another loss against Team Graphene as the hopefuls headed to Bruges for their tourism-based challenge.

The group made a profit of £660.36 after their historic approach to the Belgian city, attempting to tantalise their tourists with beer-tasting.

But back in the boardroom, Clark brought team members Andrew Brady and Charles Burns into the firing line and Lord Sugar told her: “You appointed yourself project manager because you wanted to prove yourself to me. Fact, you have not proved yourself to me.”

Following the remarks, Clark told the Press Association that she felt “really calm” in the moment, adding: “I think it was because I just knew 100% that I’d be gone, so it’s almost like I was just waiting for it.”

But she continued: “I don’t think it was fair. I don’t think I did anything hugely wrong, I think people have made a lot bigger mistakes in the past.

“From week six, if not week five, the (judges) look more personality-wise: they start to look at you and think, could you be my business partner?

“So I think it was a case of them probably thinking, ‘No, we’ll fire her now’.

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Team Vitality lose again.

“That’s why I put myself forward as project manager. I didn’t just want to coast along – if they don’t like me then I don’t want to waste time, I would prefer to be gone.”

Week six also gave Clark a break from the rows that have sent rifts through Team Graphene from the start.

“Week in, week out there were loads of arguments going on separately, and we all argued with everyone,” Clark commented.

“It wasn’t great, obviously, but I suppose it’s always going to happen when you are in such a pressurised environment and everyone wants to get their voice heard.

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Clark brought Andrew Brady and Charles Burns to the firing line.

“You’ve got to speak up for yourself because if you don’t speak up for yourself there and then, it will come back on you in the boardroom.

“It quietened down when Siobhan left, especially for me, but it will be very interesting going forward to see what Elizabeth is like. I wound her up, she wound me up, so it will be very interesting to see if that will continue.”

Speaking in the aftermath of her experience on the pre-recorded show, Clark said it was nice to be able to “go back to doing my own thing” and has since extended her entrepreneurial skills to include her “dream” of property.

Press Association

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