Lord Sugar has picked an all-female final four for The Apprentice 2022 after a double firing in tonight's show which saw Aaron Willis and Akeem Bundu-Kamara booted from the process.
The last two male candidates both fell at the final hurdle - a task to create a new baby food - leaving Kathryn Louise Burn, Harpreet Kaur, Stephanie Affleck and Brittany Carter going through to the interview stage.
But despite just missing out on a chance to become Lord Sugar's business partner, security firm owner Willis, 38, insisted that there were no hard feelings.
He said: "We had an agreement from the start and all said the boardroom was our dressing room, if you put it into a football analogy; whatever gets said in the boardroom, stays there. I know it’s cliché but it really did.
"No-one mentioned the tasks again, there was no bad feeling at all and if something different is said retrospectively, well, it wasn’t at the time, everything really was fine.
"I never thought it would be like that, you know, you watch the show and think that can’t be the case, but there really wasn’t any animosity."
He added of his time on the show: "I just think Lord Sugar could see that I had a bit of fight in me.
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"I tried to avoid calling fault with others as much as I could and just be answerable for my own mistakes and be humble in taking credit when something had gone right.
"I think he’s just a good judge of character and can see through any waffle, but I was true to myself and authentic."
Bundu-Kamara, 29, whose business plan was for his sustainable sportswear retail company, admitted that he was "gutted" to miss out on being in the final.
He added: "To technically make the final five, but not to make it to the interview stage, well, it’s unfortunate but I feel like I've done well."
The fired contestant continued: "I feel like my business, and the way I approach business, is very different to others and is why I would have been a perfect business partner for Lord Sugar.
"But, at the end of the day, he made the decision not to invest in me and my business and that’s his prerogative. I would rather have a strong yes off somebody who wants it, rather than a half-hearted yes."
Earlier this week, Claude Littner confirmed that he would be back on screen for next week's candidate interviews.
He has been replaced as an aide this series by former winner Tim Campbell while he recovers from a serious electric bike accident in which he nearly lost a leg.
The Apprentice continues next Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.
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