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Fired Apprentice blames big egos

Business hopeful Rebecca Slater became the latest Apprentice candidate to be fired - and said she could blow boardroom rival Luisa Zissman "out of the water" in real life.

Rebecca became the sixth candidate to be given the boot by Lord Sugar as her team Evolve lost a task to create a corporate away day for struggling to stick to their "back to school" theme. Clients felt the theme fell by the wayside, with challenges including cupcake decorating and wine tasting, with team leader Francesca MacDuff-Varley opting to bring Rebecca and Luisa back into the boardroom.

Reflecting on her exit, Rebecca said her good manners had contributed to her own departure.

She said: "I'm an incredibly polite person which doesn't do you any favours in the boardroom. I'm the sort of person who will wait to be spoken to or wait for a natural pause in the conversation and often there wasn't one with all the arguments going on. "

She also blasted Luisa for her "big ego" and said: "In the real world I'd blow her out of the water - but in the process you're having to keep people on side who you wouldn't necessarily work with in every day life. In the boardroom she was argumentative and challenging. She's got a big ego."

"Luisa is in her own little bubble and that's fine. Good luck to her. But I'm not sure how successful she'd be in your normal working environment. I've certainly never come across those types of people in my working life and they wouldn't be able to behave in that way. It's not just Luisa anyway, a few of the other female candidates were challenging. Particularly Leah and Uzma."

In week two Rebecca was seen crying after a boardroom argument with Uzma Yakoob and explained it was down to the cliques which had formed in the home where they were all living.

"What you did see was the straw that broke the camel's back when I had a bit of a cry. I'd had enough, I'd had an awful lot of hassle with them over the last few days and I just reached my limit."

The winning team in the task, Endeavour, had succeeded partly by using one of their number as a motivational speaker, while Rebecca was blamed for spending a large amount on a professional for Evolve.

And she said she admired candidate Myles Mordaunt as an eventual winner. "I think he holds himself very well, I think he behaves in a professional manner and he's all the things you'd look for in an entrepreneur or a businessperson. I think he'd be really good for Lord Sugar to work with," she said.

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