Apprentice hopeful Leah Totton escaped being fired from the show by the skin of her teeth — with Lord Sugar telling her she had got away with murder.
The 24-year-old Londonderry candidate, tipped by bookies as one of the favourites to win, ended up in the firing line last night after a disastrous losing task.
While she escaped at the expense of Alex Mills, the doctor was left in no doubt about Lord Sugar’s anger at her performance.
Dr Totton ended up in the losing team along with Myles Mordaunt and team leader Mills.
Viewers watched last night as their team was tasked with cooking and branding a ready meal before pitching it to a supermarket.
In the ninth episode of the BBC One series, the Endeavour team lost out to the Evolve team, with 1,800 more supermarket orders being placed for the latter's ready meals.
While it was Alex who bore the brunt of the failure in the boardroom, both Leah and Myles escaped by only a narrow margin.
Delivering his verdict to the trio, Lord Sugar compared the Derry woman, who has kept a noticeably low profile at times, to “an AK-47 machine-gun”.
“Leah, you've spoken up in these last few moments, I see a different person there,” he said.
“I don't want to hear any more from you now — I mean, there you are rattling off like an AK-47 machine-gun now. You've spoken more in the last 10 minutes than you have in the last nine weeks.”
After firing Alex and telling him he “should have stuck to his guns” with the task, Lord Sugar delivered a word of warning to the remaining two.
“Myles, some people looking in on this may think you've got away with murder there. It's my 45 years in business that tells me you deserve to stay in this competition. Having said that, it's getting very tough, very competitive now. This leniency won't be around any more. And the same applies to you Leah,” he warned.
London-based medic Leah is now one of six candidates remaining. Last month Paddy Power bookmaker tipped her as its 6/1 favourite to win the ninth series of The Apprentice and go into business with Lord Sugar.
Catch the next episode next Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1.