Apprentice Reject Rocky Says Sugar Has Southern Bias

by | 02 April 2009

The latest contestant fired from The Apprentice believes his exit was down to Sir Alan Sugar's dislike of people from the north of England.

Rocky Andrews, 21, was sacked from the BBC1 show after he led the boys' team to a loss in a catering task.

But despite Rocky's background in catering - he owns a chain of sandwich shops - he claims he got the boot due to a "north-south divide".

"It's no surprise there was me and two southerners in the boardroom and I got fired," he told the Sun.

"I respect Sir Alan but at the end of the day he's a southerner and he always seems to employ southerners."

Three previous winners of The Apprentice have been from the south, with the only northern winner, Michelle Dewberry, quitting her position a matter of months into the job.

Andrews, Howard Ebison and James McQuillan found themselves in the boardroom after the second task of the fifth series and it was former footballer Andrews who got the sack after leading his team to a £160 loss.

"Where is this expertise of yours? You run these 15 shops, employ 150 people and sell sandwiches for a living," said Sir Alan.

"Your career at Middlesbrough was halted and you got taken off the pitch on a stretcher. This time you're off the pitch in a black cab. You're fired."

Speaking after his sacking, Andrews claimed his team had failed the task - catering for City workers - due to the attitudes' of their clients.

"If we had pitched in the north rather than the south, we'd have come through and won the task. City bosses take themselves a little bit too seriously and they don't get the northern type of thing," he added.

"If they moved the financial districts to the north, I don't think we'd be in the mess we are now, to be honest with you.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to the north east of England and straight-talking people."


02/04/2009 09:07:20


Contactmusic

Tags: The Apprentice - Michelle Dewberry - Rocky - Sir Alan Sugar


Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations

Comments

The Apprentice Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on The Apprentice

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All