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Apprentice Bilyana is first in the firing line

Apprentice candidate Bilyana Apostolova has insisted that she is "not embarrassed" after becoming the first person in the new series of the BBC1 show to get fired by Alan Sugar.

The 25-year-old, originally from Bulgaria, was hauled into the boardroom with Katie Wright by team leader Gabrielle Omar, after the women took a profit of only £214.80 in a print business task.

Apostolova was fired after she repeatedly interrupted Lord Sugar to defend herself in the boardroom.

She said afterwards: "I am disappointed that I left so early on but I'm not embarrassed."

Apostolova, who is training to be a wealth manager for British entrepreneurs, said: "In effect I think I fired myself. He was just about to fire Katie when I brought the attention to me."