Lord Sugar's double firing on The Apprentice eliminates 'diabolical' team leader
The Apprentice was hit with its first double firing of the series as Lord Sugar gave "diabolical" team leader Karthik Nagesan the boot before he was able to return to the boardroom for the official showdown.
Lord Sugar then axed Samuel Boateng from the process for having the "self-control of an Italian government" after his and Nagesan's team failed spectacularly in a selling task.
The 11 remaining candidates were ordered to make as much money as possible by tapping into the UK's boating and leisure industry at the Poole Harbour Boat Show.
Lord Sugar chose Nagesan as the project manager for Team Titan, and Frances Bishop to lead Team Nebula.
Cracks appeared swiftly for Titan as they lost the chance to sell mid-priced paddleboards, and when Nagesan put Boateng on the sub-team selling cheaper products despite his experience as a high-ticket item seller.
However, they did nab the jet skis to sell for their high-ticket item, leaving Nebula forced to shift speedboats.
The challenge proved tricky for both teams thanks to wet weather and lacklustre selling techniques from several candidates.
In the boardroom following the task, it was revealed that Team Nebula won the task with low and mid-range sales of £2,580.68 and high-price sales of £40,480.68 thanks to the sale of two speedboats.
Team Titan failed to sell a single jet ski, and made just £188.90 for their lower-priced items.
Aghast at the lack of sales, Lord Sugar immediately fired IT consultancy owner Nagesan for the overwhelming failure of the task.
He said: "Karthik, listen to me, there is no excuse, you have been a diabolical project manager - I don't trust you to bring anybody back into this boardroom. Karthik you're fired!"
Boateng was put forward to return to the boardroom by sub-team leader Grainne McCoy, and Dillon St Paul told the business boss that himself and Alana Spencer should also face being fired due to their poor sales.
Lord Sugar opted to keep "nice guy" art director St Paul in the process, along with cake company owner Spencer.
He told sales manager Boateng - who went against Nagesan's strategy and altered the price of one of the items - that he has a "total disregard when being told what to do" before firing him.
Nagesan told the Press Association that he believes he was only fired because he did not shut up in the boardroom.
He said: "Like the person stuck in quicksand - the more they struggle, the more they sink - I found that my panic at the margin of the loss and thereafter in trying to get out of that boardroom safe, is probably what caused Lord Sugar to fire me like he did."
He said that he "should have read the signs and kept silent instead of hitting the panic button" to try to save himself.
Nagesan believes Lord Sugar liked him as a candidate and he just had a "bad day at the office".
Boateng admitted that he thought he was safe after Nagesan's shock exit.
He said: "I did think I was home and dry. However, due to the huge loss in the task it became apparent to us quite quickly that more than one of us was going to be fired."
:: The Apprentice continues next Thursday on BBC One at 9pm.