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For the first time ever, Lord Sugar fires THREE candidates on The Apprentice

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The wrath of Lord Sugar has never been felt more fully in The Apprentice (opens in new tab) boardroom than in Wednesday's episode when the irate entrepreneur fired three candidates following a disastrous DIY task.

Mergim Butaja, April Jackson and Elle Stevenson were all sacked when their team Versatile dismally failed to produce the goods for their DIY business task of doing odd jobs for Londoners.

Rival team team Connexus led by Brett, managed to pull off a cleaning task at a local football ground. Although they didn't finish it, the customer was satisfied enough to give them most of the money promised!

Versatile secured a contract to renovate a theatre's huge wardrobe, but it went wrong from the start, with a big mix up over tube lengths, and the task only got completed thanks to the DIY skills of plumber team member Joseph.

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Then three of Versatile offered their services for measly £10 an hour BETWEEN them (hardly enough to buy a snack let alone run a potential business), while Mergim's attempt to 'screw in a nail' to put up a shelf and painting over a shop sign was right out of Mr Bean's Guide to Do It Yourself.

Verstaile duly lost, and the boardroom was truly brutal. Remarkably, construction operations executive Elle, effectively sacked herself barely having sat down in the boardroom. As the project manager she admitted she was woeful, failing to produce the essential marketing flyers in time. "It was completly my mistake. I don't stand here proud!" she said. So Lord Sugar told her to go immediately.

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"Lord Sugar defintiely made the right decision. He'd have been a bloody idiot if he didn't!" Elle admitted.

As sub team leader, Mergim was then asked by Lord Sugar to explain the failure of the task and to choose who to bring back into the boardroom, eventually plumping for April and David.

April never stood a chance, as Lord Sugar had told her earlier in the series she was on a final warning, and she exited. Mergim stabbed her in the back, saying she didn't work as hard as the rest.

But Mergim didn't fare any better, although he may count himself unlucky. The 23-year-old fled war-torn Kosovo with his parents at the age of seven and, despite his hilarious attempts at DIY, Lord Sugar was sufficiently impressed to tell him they would keep in touch.

"You didn't do enough business this time," Lord Sugar told him before ruthlessly despatching him!


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.