As we reported last year, The Apprentice winner Stella English filed action in a tribunal against Lord Alan Sugar, claiming that the job she was promised never materialized.
And during the tribunal hearing yesterday, Stella reportedly claimed that after the show was over, she was told, “The cameras have stopped rolling now…
“Welcome to the real world. There is no job.”
The Mirror reports that Lord Sugar was in attendance at the hearing, and adds that he was “occasionally scoffing and frequently shaking his head” as he listened to Stella’s claims. The paper adds that at one point, Lord Sugar muttered, “Liar.”
Stella, who won the show in 2010, went on to say, “It soon became clear the job I had fought so fiercely for simply didn’t exist.”
Adding that she had “sacrificed a lucrative career in the City,” Stella – who was dubbed the Ice Maiden on the show – also claimed that she felt like an “overpaid lackey” and described the job as “a sham”.
She told the tribunal, “I wanted to forge a career under his guidance and his instruction.
“The career enhancement opportunity The Apprentice was sold as simply failed to materialise.”
She resigned the job after six months, and added, “I believed if I was being paid £100,000 it was to do a £100,000 job.
“But my employment was a real sham.”
The paper adds, “The tribunal was told all contestants were given a ‘talk of doom’ by TV producers where it was explained they should think carefully about quitting their jobs and told of the spotlight that would be on them with a weekly audience of millions.
“The hopefuls were also told they could be put into any of Lord Sugar’s firms and there was no guarantee he would be their line manager or they would work closely with him.”
The hearing is expected to continue into next week. Here’s a reminder of Stella on the show…