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Thursday 8 October 2015

Dan first to be axed on Apprentice

Published 06/10/2010

Dan Harris was fired by Lord Sugar on The Apprentice
Dan Harris was fired by Lord Sugar on The Apprentice

Dan Harris has become the first candidate to be voted off The Apprentice - and admitted having to watch most of the show from behind a pillow.

The 34-year-old sales director from Oxfordshire ended up red-faced by upsetting Lord Sugar and his own team members with his failure to lead them to victory in the first challenge.

He said: "I spent most of the time watching that episode behind a pillow. Cringeworthy moments on it, certainly. I think I took quite a strong leadership style, I don't know if you picked up on that."

That "strong leadership style" did not go down well with his team, with fellow contestant Raleigh Addington describing him as being "like a bull in a china shop".

The show started with 16 hopefuls divided into teams of men and women and dispatched in the middle of the night to London's Smithfield market to buy meat before making and selling sausages on the streets of the capital.

Team leader Dan found himself up in front of Lord Sugar, with two other members of his team, after the women's team made a bigger profit. He named team-mates Stuart Baggs, from the Isle of Man, and Alex Epstein, from Manchester, as his partners to potentially face the chop.

It was Dan's minimal contribution to the team's sales efforts that really upset Lord Sugar.

Lord Sugar told him: "You didn't run them very well. The point is that the sub-team, of which you were the leader, sold naff all."

Stuart and Alex did not escape entirely unscathed with Lord Sugar criticising their sales efforts.

But in the end the buck stopped with Dan and Lord Sugar told him: "You had your chance and you blew it. Dan, you're fired."

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