The candidate fired by The Apprentice, Harry Mahmood, reacted to being the first to leave the competition, calling himself a “scapegoat”.
Tonight’s episode of the BBC series showed the boys’ team lost to the girls when their cruise brand failed to impress Lord Alan Sugar and his aides, Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell, who he replaced. Claude Littner for this series.
In the brutal boardroom scenes, Harry, 35, was let go by Lord Sugar and became the first candidate to be named and heard the words “you are fired”.
Now, in an exclusive interview with OK!, the head of regional operations opened up about how he felt and why he thinks it was ultimately an unfair decision.
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He told us, “I was basically a scapegoat, if I’m being honest with you. Akeem [Bundu-Kamara, the Project Manager of the task] he had to take his own responsibilities. “
Harry continued: “He signed that logo and I was very explicit in saying, ‘this is not a good logo. He looks like an asshole. Come on, hello! ‘”
Going on to say that the logo was the group’s main downfall, Harry said he wished he had put his foot down further and changed things to help them win the task.
The new TV star explained: “Looking back, what I should have done is have a really firm stance and I said, ‘boy, this logo is absolute crap, I just don’t have it,’ and I hired as a sub- team leader. “
“This is what I should have done in hindsight, really. Then I could have laid down the law. “
He continued: “But of course it was the first task and you don’t want to disrespect people and step on them. But, at the same time, I was so frustrated with the creation of the logo. “
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“It’s a shame, but I hope that when Akeem and the rest of the guys see the episode, they’ll realize they were wrong, but they can learn from it and move on.”
Reflecting further on how he came across the screen, Harry said, “Of course, the show is modified [but] I thought there would be a lot more things that showed my journey, in terms of what I did and contributions.
“I don’t think the best of Harry was out there, I didn’t show anything at all, did I? I have a lot more about myself, business acumen and credentials that I haven’t been able to show Lord Sugar and the rest of the world. “
However, despite feeling he has much more to give, Harry is quick to point out that he has “no negative energy” towards his fellow candidates or Lord Sugar, instead describing the show as a “blessed journey”.
Harry said, “I don’t dwell on the past. It’s a shame, but this is the journey I should have taken. “
He continued: “I have created a WhatsApp group with some of the candidates I am close to. We talk and look at each other as this vortex unfolds. “
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