Clanger costs Hill Apprentice spot

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Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Apprentice James Hill has been fired after a country fair task turned to mud-slinging in the boardroom.

The candidate from Chesterfield put himself in charge of his team, Summit, in a challenge to choose the best products to sell at a rural event, but took only £4,757 compared to rivals Tenacity who managed £30,615.

Project manager Hill blew their chances by missing out on an opportunity to win the right to sell hot tubs – the most lucrative product – after he called the salesman the wrong name, leading him to choose Tenacity.

Hill admitted: “It was my fault that we lost that task. I called the guy Derek when his name was Anthony, so I was the reason why we failed that task. We can’t get it right all the time, everyone gets someone’s name wrong, it happens, doesn’t it?”

But Hill caused further controversy by choosing not to tell the rest of the team about his wrong move, which was only uncovered in the boardroom.

He explained: “I wanted my team to still believe in me and believe I’d made the decision for the right reason. If I had called him the right name, we might have won.”

He continued: “I am who I am and we can’t get it right all the time, so I’m sure I’ll call people the wrong name again. It would be nice if he’d just pulled me up on it instead when it happened, but it is what it is and it was my time to go.”

During his time on the BBC One show, Hill came under fire for his constant chatter and joking, but said: “I think people sometimes don’t take me seriously because I like a joke and a laugh, but I’m only human.

“I love people, I love to chat, and I think that’s a quality. I’m a nice person, I love to talk and people don’t talk enough now, with emails and things. This country was built on relationships and communication.”

However, he added that he was surprised to see how aggressive he had seemed towards some of the other contestants and said: “I think I’ve got a lot of good stuff in me and if I can channel that good stuff and I can start to listen more, I think I’ll do well.”

The Apprentice continues on BBC1 on Wednesdays at 9pm.

Published: Thursday 27th November 2014 by The News Editor

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