FIRED, HIRED, FIRED! EXCLUSIVE TV Apprentice lasts 2 months.
A CONTESTANT on hit TV show The Apprentice has QUIT a dream job in Sir Alan Sugar's empire - just two months after being appointed by the tough-talking tycoon.
The People is keeping the candidate's identity secret to avoid spoiling the BBC1 series for viewers.
But we can reveal that the wannabe high-flier left a post as sales director at Viglen, with a six-figure salary, "by mutual consent".
A former colleague at the technology firm said last night: "Everyone was really excited that one of the hot candidates in this year's series was coming to work with us.
"To begin with everything seemed to be going fine. They were given a very senior position within the company straight away because of their performance on the show.
"It came as quite a shock when we heard earlier this month they wouldn't be coming back.
"It all ended quite abruptly. We've heard the contestant may now be going on to join another company.
"But very little has been said about their departure. It's a bit of a no-go area for office gossip."
Last Wednesday Sir Alan booted out Lindi Mngaza with his famous catchphrase "You're fired" after she flunked an ice cream selling challenge.
That left eleven hopefuls battling it out for this year's crown.
Most of the business reality show is filmed in advance and at least two of this year's contenders are already understood to have been offered jobs.
Sir Alan, 61, has become a household name through The Apprentice.
He left school in east London at 16 and has built up an estimated pounds 790million fortune though his computer and phone company Amstrad.
The show's contestants soon discover he is a hard task-master.
Former checkout girl Michelle Dewberry won the competition two years ago but walked out of her pounds 128,000- a-year job after a matter of months.
Michelle, 28, said she was bored. But insiders claimed she clashed with Sir Alan over her lifestyle and relationship with rival contestant Syed Ahmed. She became pregnant by Syed but miscarried. She now runs her own business.
Man-eater Katie Hopkins, 32, was sacked from her real-life job at the Met Office days after turning down the chance to be in The Apprentice final last year. But there have been successes.
First series winner Tim Campbell worked for two years at Amstrad before leaving last year to set up a male grooming business.
And Tim, 30, described his old boss Sir Alan as "inspirational".
Third series winner Simon Ambrose, 27, is still on the Sugar pay-roll, at Amstrad off-shoot Amsprop. Last year's runner-up Kristina Grimes, 37, got a job at Viglen and claims she has boosted business.
TOUGH: Sir Alan
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 27, 2008|
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