Coventry man Harry Mahmood has said he was ‘robbed’ after being fired on the first episode of The Apprentice.

The new series of hit BBC One show kicked-off last night and there were high hopes for Harry, who was one of the 16 candidates.

Going into the show Harry had described himself as ‘the Asian version of Lord Sugar’.

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Inspired by his grandparents, he had hoped he could emerge triumphant to develop his bath bomb business with the entrepreneur.

Harry, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2021 New Year Honours List, said his aim was for him and Lord Sugar to become “the bad boys of the bath bomb world together”.

But sadly Harry’s stay on the show was short-lived.

In the wake of his departure Harry spoke out to the Sun newspaper.




He said: “It is upsetting to know that my life opportunity has been cut short when I shouldn’t have gone. Akeem [the sub-team leader], he messed up. I was gutted.”

“I think I got lost in the moment when I was sitting in the boardroom, when Akshay and Akeem were going back and forth, barking at each other. And I was just looking at Lord Sugar’s face and he’s got the same eyes as my grandfather.

“And I think I lost where I was. I was like: ‘Oh, oh, oh yeah. The reason why I shouldn’t be fired was the following.’”

Harry added: “I enjoyed the experience. Meeting Lord Sugar has always been one of my bucket list things. And I love his eyes. He’s got very warm eyes.”



Lord Sugar lands in hot water with Apprentice fans over firing
Lord Sugar lands in hot water with Apprentice fans over firing

Harry also said he believes he could be the next Elon Musk or Mother Teresa.

He said: “I’m always positive no matter what happens in life.

“The word disruptive, I take it as a positive because Lord Sugar is also coined a disruptor by many people. I take it as innovative and groundbreaking.

“People past and present like Nelson Madela, Mother Teresa, Elon Musk, Muhammad Ali, and brands like Tesla and AirBnB, who are changing the fabric of the world we live in.”



There’s been another change on The Apprentice

He added: “I did get on with Lord Sugar. I have got a lot of respect for Lord Sugar.

“But I don’t think he really gave me a chance, to be honest with you, because if he had looked into me as a candidate, he went through my application, looked at what I stand for and what I have achieved during Covid – getting honoured by the Queen, winning national pharmacy awards, setting up enterprises from scratch, and all these things in my own time, as well as supporting people in the community – he would have realised that, ‘Oh, if Her Majesty the Queen has invested in Harry, surely there is something in him. I haven’t seen him have a chance really. I will give him a chance’.”

The first episode of The Apprentice aired on Thursday night from 9pm with changes to the advisers who help Lord Sugar decide who should be fired each week.

Claude Littner is absent from the show, following an injury, with first ever winner Tim Campbell stepping up to be Lord Sugar’s right hand man.

Karren Brady returned as the other aide to Lord Sugar.

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