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Sugar fires not so souper Apprentice Rebecca fired but Grainne is safe

By Joe Nerssessian

Published 11/11/2016

In the frame: Grainne McCoy
In the frame: Grainne McCoy
Rebecca Jeffery said the time was right for her to leave The Apprentice (BBC/PA)
Mukai Noiri was fired by Lord Sugar after struggling during a fashion task (BBC)
Alana Spender, Michelle Niziol and Rebecca Jeffery in the boardroom during The Apprentice (BBC/PA)
Grainne McCoy
Grainne McCoy (far right) with, from left, Jessica Cunningham and Michelle Niziol in this year’s The Apprentice. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

Apprentice contestant Rebecca Jeffery has said she was relieved to become the latest candidate fired by Lord Sugar, admitting it was probably the right decision by the business mogul.

After she left, Jeffery backed either Newry woman Grainne McCoy, Frances Bishop or Courtney Wood to end up as Lord Sugar's apprentice.

Marketing and design company owner Jeffery said she felt "dreadful" after a mix-up with soap and soup contributed to Team Nebula's loss and put her into the board room for the third time.

The candidates were handed the night shift by Lord Sugar as he tasked them with finding nine specific items for the cheapest prices before a 6am deadline in London.

Among the products were black African soap and a tagine dish - both of which flummoxed Nebula as they failed to find either item, resulting in a fine to their end total.

In fact Jeffery thought she had tracked both the products to a food store in Streatham after a phone call to the shop owner, but upon arrival was greeted with tahini sauce and soup rather than the desired items.

"I was gutted when we went into the shop and they didn't have a tagine... they had tahini, then they didn't have soap... they had soup. Doh," she said.

"I felt very responsible as I had made the phone call myself and somehow these items had become mine to negotiate too. At the time it felt dreadful."

However, the 31-year-old said it was the right time for her to leave the process, describing herself as a cat whose nine lives were up.

"To be fair, I had been on the losing team every week, I had been brought back into the boardroom twice and I hadn't really had any moments of excellence in the process," she said.

Alana Spender, Michelle Niziol and Rebecca Jeffery in the boardroom during The Apprentice (BBC/PA)
Alana Spender, Michelle Niziol and Rebecca Jeffery in the boardroom during The Apprentice (BBC/PA)
Rebecca Jeffery said the time was right for her to leave The Apprentice (BBC/PA)
Lord Sugar opted to fire JD O'Brien

"It didn't feel like a horrible firing to me, I knew that I had probably used up all of my chances. I was like a cat with nine lives. At that point I had also lost heart a bit because I was missing my little boy so much, so I was a bit relieved to go home."

Grainne McCoy (far right) with, from left, Jessica Cunningham and Michelle Niziol in this year’s The Apprentice. Photo: BBC/PA Wire
Grainne McCoy (far right) with, from left, Jessica Cunningham and Michelle Niziol in this year’s The Apprentice. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

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