The Apprentice’s fired candidate Harry Mahmood has reacted to being the first one out of the competition, describing himself as a “scapegoat”.
Tonight’s episode of the BBC series showed the boys’ team losing out to the girls when their cruise brand failed to impress Lord Alan Sugar and his aides, Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell, who has 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 pointed at and hear the words, “you’re fired.”
Now, in an exclusive interview with OK!, the regional operations manager has opened up about how he felt and why he thinks it was ultimately an unfair decision.
He told us: “I was basically a scapegoat, if I’m honest with you. Akeem [Bundu-Kamara, the Project Manager of the task] had to take accountability.”
Harry continued: “He signed off that logo and I was very vocal in saying, ‘this is not a good logo. It looks like a turd. Come on, hello!’”
Continuing to say that the logo was the group’s main downfall, Harry said he wished he had put his foot down further and turned things around to help them win the task.
The new TV star explained: “Looking back, what I should have done is had a really firm stance and said, ‘guys, this logo is absolute rubbish, I’m not having this at all,’ and taken over as sub-team leader.”
“That’s what I should have done in hindsight, really. Then I could have laid down the law.”
He continued: “But obviously it was the first task and you don’t want to disrespect people and step on their toes. But, at the same time, I was getting so frustrated about the logo being created.”
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“It’s unfortunate, but I hope that when Akeem and the rest of the guys see the episode, they realise they messed up but they can learn from it and move forward from it.”
Further reflecting on how he came across on screen, Harry said: “Naturally, the show is edited [but] I thought there would be a lot more things that showcased my journey, in terms of what I did and contributions.”
“I don’t feel like the best of Harry was out there, I didn’t really showcase anything at all, did I? I’ve got so much more about me, business acumen and credentials that I didn’t get to showcase to Lord Sugar and the rest of the world.”
However, despite feeling that he had 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 unfortunate but that’s the journey I was meant to go on.”
He went on: “I’ve set up a WhatsApp group with a few of the candidates that I’m close to. We’re talking to each other and looking out for each other as this whirlwind unfolds.”
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