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Saturday 26 July 2014

Apprentice reject Ben: I let the side down

Belfast's Apprentice hopeful Ben Clarke
Ben Clarke
Huff and puff: Ben Clarke

Apprentice reject Ben Clarke has admitted he “let the side down” when representing Northern Ireland on the hit show.

The Belfast boy, who became the focus of viewer wrath for his arrogant antics, blamed his young age and lack of experience for the bullying behaviour which saw him incur the wrath of Sir Alan Sugar over the past nine weeks.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster Ben said he was disappointed not to have made it to the final stages of the gruelling show.

“A lot of people in Northern Ireland have been very supportive.

"I know in the first few tasks I kind of let the side down a wee bit, because I came across as a bit arrogant and cocky,” he said.

“I think that was down to my age and lack of experience.

"I didn’t have a lot of self confidence either when I stood there in the boardroom with Sir Alan.

"I was just thinking ‘you’re way out your depth here’.”

Ben also admitted he would have done things differently had he been given the chance again.

“I would have liked to have been able to be as confident in the first few weeks as I was in the last six,” he said.

“I wouldn’t have villainised myself so much in the ‘panto’ sense.

"I would like to think I was able to redeem myself in the later stages and show that I did have some business acumen.”

Above: Ben is fired

Above: 'Just let me finish'

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