Saturday 24 August 2019

David Stevenson brands Apprentice exit 'outrageous'

David Stevenson in the boardroom after he was fired
David Stevenson in the boardroom after he was fired

The Apprentice's David Stevenson has called his exit "outrageous" as he became the latest candidate fired by Lord Sugar.

This week, the business mogul instructed the teams to become children's party planners for two clients with a budget of £2,000 each.

Stevenson, led by Team Versatile project manager Gary Poulton, put on an assault course event for birthday boy Jamal.

Additional extras, such as printed party T-shirts and party bags, provided an opportunity for the teams to increase profits.

However, Stevenson failed to produce custom T-shirts that satisfied Jamal's parents and Versatile lost money as a result.

"I think it's outrageous," the 25-year-old told the Press Association during his exit interview.

"I think I was a cheap scapegoat. Yeah, I lost £175 on the T-shirts, but if you look at my overall contribution, I rectified and made money on the party bags.

"We wouldn't have got any money if I didn't do anything there. I like to think I did enough so I personally think it was outrageous that I got fired for that," he said.

On the sub-team, Charleine Wain and Joseph Valente were responsible for the food.

The duo were aware of Jamal's mother's nut allergy, but caused panic when they made a chocolate cake with a chocolate spread without being certain that it did not contain nuts.

"The first rule of party planning is don't poison the client," Lord Sugar stated as he made the unprecedented decision to bring Wain back to the boardroom alongside the other members of Versatile.

Stevenson said he had no idea about the cake fiasco until the showdown.

"I was gobsmacked. If I had known that had happened when it did, I would've planned an assassination of Gary in the boardroom."

The marketing manager blamed Poulton for the failure of the task, criticising the programme manager's lack of organisation in the music department.

"It was the wrong choice," he admitted when asked about singing the Hokey Cokey for Jamal and his friends.

"But I had no idea what to sing. I did try and rap as well! If we had actual real music, it would have been so much better for us.

"It was Gary's oversight - Gary was in charge of organising the entertainment and he didn't get it. If we had music on the bus and music at the actual party, we would've had less fines and maybe we could have probably won."

Team Versatile spent £1149.80, with their client paying £1546, resulting in a total profit of £396.20.

Team Conexus - Brett Butler-Smythe, Scott Saunders, Richard Woods and Vana Koutsomitis, led by Selina Waterman-Smith - s pent £1050.79.

After their c lient paid £1665 for the sports-themed party event, the team ended up with a t otal profit of £614.21.

The victors won a snowboarding lesson with Olympic bronze-medallist Jenny Jones.

Stevenson believes marketing agency director Woods will be Lord Sugar's Apprentice because he's "annoyingly brilliant".

He added: "Richard's very sure of himself and he's very good at what he does at the same time. He is annoying, but brilliant at the same time. He's annoyingly brilliant."

The former candidate has no regrets about his Apprentice experience.

He said: "It was everything I expected and more. I love the fact that it teaches you that you can do things in a short space of time if you work together as a team. If I could do it again, I would. But I'd win next time."

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