I was fired because I couldn't stop gazing into Lord Sugar's warm eyes, says The Apprentice's Harry Mahmood

I was fired because I couldn't stop gazing into Lord Sugar's warm eyes, says The Apprentice's Harry Mahmood

January 6, 2022

MANY have wilted under Lord Sugar's glare in the boardroom.

But The Apprentice mogul’s peepers may have stunned his Apprentices into silence for the last time.

His first dumped candidate, Harry Mahmood, reckons gazing into the boss’s eyes was so pleasant he drifted away.

Harry said: “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 was among the new batch of business wannabes competing for Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment in The Apprentice, which returned last night for its 16th series.

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 chose to fire Harry for being ‘disruptive’ during the marketing challenge. The entrepreneur from London is still frustrated he lost out, particularly to fellow candidate Akeem Bundu-Kamara who was behind the boys’ team’s ‘turd’ logo.

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Harry said: “It is upsetting to know that my life opportunity has been cut short when I shouldn’t have gone. Akeem, he messed up. I was gutted.”

Throughout the challenge Harry tried to suggest the team look at his alternative design – instead of the brown and green shape that Lord Sugar branded “something for Dyno Rod”.

He added: “I’m going to draw that logo, if I remember what it looked like.” With a sketch of Lord Sugar’s eyes?


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The fitness queen looks better than ever in my picture as she models her new gear for JD Williams.

The Davina Edit range – which is said to be inspired by her ‘joie-de-vivre’ and attitude to life – features a whopping 30 pieces.

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He’s not wrong – Vic Reeves makes a cameo on the show.

Vic plays Clarity, a God-like character that guides struggling comedian Herbert – played by Spencer – when he has writer’s block.

Spencer said: “There have been no admin errors when booking the cast for the new series!”


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Wellbeing guru Liz added: “We say that life begins at 50!”

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