A second Midland contestant was last night fired from The Apprentice amid allegations that her teammate was a “bully”.
Paula Jones, a 29-year-old human resources consultant at Walsall Council, was booted off the BBC show by Sir Alan Sugar after her team made an embarrassing loss of £68.
After a huge argument with teammates in the boardroom, Jones accused fellow Apprentice wannabe, Ben Clarke, of behaving “like a child, like a bully.”
She said: “Ben became completely unnecessarily aggressive towards me. I think he took it personally that I took him into the boardroom. He accepted no responsibility whatsoever and just behaved like a child, like a bully.”
Both teams were challenged to make cosmetic products in last night’s show but team Empire, project-managed by Jones, lost to team Ignite by a margin of more than £500.
A fatal miscalculation of costs, which came in at £1,141, was blamed for the failure.
Jones, who is about to launch a change-management consultancy and an online shop, said she had no regrets about the show.
“Watching the episode back again was a bit like a horror movie where you know what is coming next but I had a brilliant firing and you couldn’t ask for any more than that. If you’re going to get fired for anything, a mistake is as good as anything. I’d rather go for that than for being a bully or a cheat or a liar."