What a cop out! – Apprentice viewers fuming as show ends with a draw
James White and Sarah Lynn both won the 2017 series of The Apprentice.
Viewers of The Apprentice were left fuming as the series ended with Lord Sugar hiring both finalists, with many calling it “a cop out”.
For the first time in the history of the BBC show, the business tycoon struggled to make a decision over the winner, so crowned both James White and Sarah Lynn.
Unimpressed viewers said they were angry that it had ended with a draw after they had invested so much time in watching the series.
“WHAT THAT’S RIDICULOUS. What a waste of time!!!!!! Fuming,” said one disgruntled viewer on Twitter.
WHAT THAT’S RIDICULOUS. What a waste of time!!!!!! Fuming. #theapprentice— ✨ Leah ✨ (@leahreadsbooks_) December 17, 2017
One person tweeted: “IS THIS A JOKE?! Don’t call them finalists if you just give it to them both. Im actually livid I just wasted an hour of my life on that episode.”
IS THIS A JOKE?! Don't call them finalists if you just give it to them both. Im actually livid I just wasted an hour of my life on that episode #TheApprentice— Kim McLean (@kimxxhiggins) December 17, 2017
Another snapped: “What a joke! Lord Sugar absolutely bottled it! The whole point of the show is there is one winner! How can they both win!! #furious #TheApprentice #whatajoke #ruined2017.”
Another annoyed fan called it “a waste of 10 weeks”, and one moaned: “What a cop out. It’s meant to be a contest, with a winner, nobody wants a flippin’ draw. Historic? Do us a favour.”
What a cop out. It's meant to be a contest, with a winner, nobody wants a flippin' draw.— David Walker (@DavidWGWalker) December 17, 2017
Historic? Do us a favour. #TheApprentice
Some fans even felt they deserved to have their licence fee returned.
“Dear BBC please may I have my license fee back #TheApprentice,” posted one.
Dear BBC please may I have my license fee back #TheApprentice— David Ardron (@DArdron) December 17, 2017
Another tweeted: “ABSOLUTELY FUMIN’ @Lord_Sugar Gimmie the last 12 weeks and my licence fee back if you have that much money to spare.”
Winners White, who runs an IT recruitment firm, and Lynn, who owns a confectionery company, were both given £250,000 by Lord Sugar when he decided they would both win.
The decision took the businessman’s total investment this series to half a million pounds.
Bookmaker William Hill said people who placed bets on either contestant winning would still be able to collect in full.
Spokesman Rupert Adams said: “In the strict rules of bookmaking it would be called a dead-heat, you would get half your original bet at the full odds. Eg say you had £10 at 33/1, we would settle the bet at £5 for 33/1.
“But because it is a ‘novelty’ market where we only bet for a very short period of time and it is one of those things, we are happy to pay full stake at full odds. So if you placed a bet with William Hill on either candidate we will pay you out in full.”
A Coral spokesman said: “We didn’t actually take any bets on The Apprentice this year due to the whole series being pre-recorded.”