Brett Butler-Smythe, 28, is the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice. Butler-Smythe, who formerly worked in the Royal Navy, crashed out of the show on December 9, after a disastrous go at being Project Manager. Challenged with inventing a new product for the £90 billion a year snack market, Butler-Smythe championed vegetable crisps.
Initially, the idea seemed to impress Claude Littner, aide to the show’s big boss Lord Alan Sugar – who thought the team “might be onto something”. But neither teams went on to sell any stock, though. And after the show, Littner took to Twitter joking “Fancy a healthy snack? Tuck in … I dare you!” Lord Sugar called Butler-Smythe’s pitch to fitness chain Virgin Active “terrible” before firing him from the process. Before he left, though, Lord Sugar showed his softer side by describing him as an “honourable man”.
The following candidates are now left in the competition: Marketing agency director Richard Woods, who the other contestants have likened to David Brent from The Office; ‘Corporate’ Gary Poulton, supermarket programme manager; multi-lingual social media entrepreneur Vana Koutsomitis; Charlene Wain, a hair and beauty salon owner; and Joseph Valenti, a self-made plumbing business owner.
Valenti is the bookies’ favourite to be chosen as Lord Sugar’s next business partner.