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Paloma: It's Lord Sugar's loss

Paloma Vivanco has been given the boot from the Apprentice after winding up Lord Sugar in the boardroom - then claimed her sacking was his loss.

The Peruvian-born contender fell foul of the show boss after she turned on colleagues following her Apollo team's failure in a fashion task.

Lord Sugar told her she had "talked herself out" of the contest with her outburst.

And Paloma, 29, admitted her comments prompted her departure. As she left the show she said: "The key reason that Lord Sugar got rid of me was because I got a little too lippy in the boardroom."

But the self-assured marketing manager added: "I think it's his loss to be honest."

The two teams had been tasked with setting up fashion outlets at Manchester's Trafford Centre for their latest challenge. But the £3,223 takings of Paloma's Apollo crew trailed the Synergy rivals by more than £500 and they lost.

When the failed team were called into the boardroom Paloma pointed the finger at Alex Epstein for a poor choice of location.

And Paloma turned her venom to Sandeesh Samra, telling Lord Sugar: "I think there are times when she hides behind a lot of the menial tasks."

Her victim hit back: "I think you'll find that Paloma has been a lot more destructive than she has been constructive."

Lord Sugar told her: "I don't like your last outburst and from my 40 years in business and my personal instinct, I don't like what I've seen across the table today. You've talked yourself out of this and if you had shut up a while back it may be someone else going. Paloma, you're fired."

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