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Sunday 19 August 2018

Apprentice Leon fired over French teapot farce

FIRED Apprentice candidate Leon Doyle has admitted his attempts to sell a teapot lamp to the French were doomed from the start.

Viewers saw him axed from the BBC1 show after his team performed disastrously in their latest task -- with sales only a 20th of their rivals.

Lord Sugar sent the candidates to Paris to sell British products.

And marketing entrepreneur Doyle confessed he did not fully believe in the novelty lamp he was selling -- even though he was one of the driving forces in choosing the product.

He and French-speaking Melody Hossaini persuaded project manager Tom Pellereau to opt for the teapot-shaped lamp.

Doyle said: "I wouldn't want one.

"Doing our market research people seemed to be nodding so we thought yeah, we really must get this teapot."

Doyle said he felt team-mate Natasha Scribbins should have been sacked in his place after failing to sell anything.

Lord Sugar had arranged a meeting with catalogue firm La Redoute for the two teams to pitch their wares.

Scribbins agreed to make the pitch after losing a game of "scissors, paper, stone". And she managed to insult the company with a poor offer to them, having little idea about the huge firm.

Doyle said: "It was a selling task. Natasha didn't sell anything and played a paper, rock, scissors game to find out who should pitch for the meeting worth millions, which maybe was somewhat unprofessional."

Although he managed to make some sales, Doyle was fired for taking too much of a supporting role, using the excuse that he did not speak French.

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