EXCLUSIVE: Apprentice candidate Reece Donnelly AXED from the show after drinking alcohol on flight to Dubai, leaving Lord Sugar furious
The Glaswegian theatre school owner, who made it to week six of the process, was sent home after breaking the show’s booze ban despite being told by producers to stay sober.
In Thursday night’s episode, the cast are tasked with laying on a corporate away day for a high-end client in Dubai, but one team were left a man down after Reece failed to adhere to show rules.
A TV source told MailOnline: ‘Reece was sent home and didn’t film in Dubai.
‘Producers were unimpressed when he had several alcoholic drinks on the flight even though he was told not to.
Apprentice candidate Reece Donnelly was axed from the show after drinking alcohol on a flight to Dubai, leaving Lord Sugar furious
The Glaswegian theatre school owner, who made it to week six of the process, was sent home after drinking alcohol on the plane despite candidates being told by producers to stay sober
‘Lord Sugar was obviously furious, he couldn’t believe someone would risk securing his £250,000 investment for the sake of a drink.
‘He later told the candidates in the boardroom that Reece had been eliminated from the process.’
Reece was filmed being told by Lord Sugar via a prerecorded video message that he was jetting to Dubai alongside his fellow cast mates.
A preview clip was aired on last week’s You’re Fired where stars of the show were seen riding camels and jet skis during the UAE business trip, but Reece was nowhere to be seen.
Back in the boardroom, Lord Sugar addressed Reece’s sudden departure, saying: ‘So, as you know, Reece wasn’t able to take part in the task and has subsequently left the process.’
A candidate is still fired in Thursday’s instalment of the BBC series, meaning two business hopefuls are gone by the end of week six.
An Apprentice spokesperson said: ‘Reece was unable to continue in the process, this was discussed and agreed between Reece and programme-makers.’
Bridal boutique owner Shannon Martin also bowed out of the show during the second episode after deciding it wasn’t the right move for her.
In Thursday night’s episode, the cast are tasked with laying on a corporate away day for a high-end client but one team were left a man down after Reece failed to adhere to show rules
Reece narrowly avoided being fired in the boardroom last week after landing himself in the bottom three alongside Mark Moseley and sacked Denisha Kaur Bharj
This year’s series has seen contestants compete in challenges under the watchful eye of Lord Sugar’s aids Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.
So far, the candidates are lacking in business acumen, with Lord Sugar accusing the bunch of being ‘desperate’, ‘disappointing’, and ‘diabolical’ in recent weeks.
Shazia Hussain was the latest candidate to be fired after her team failed to impress with their electric bike advertisement.
Avi Sharma and Bradley Johnson narrowly missed getting the boot following tense scenes in the boardroom.
Reece avoided the chop the previous week after landing himself in the bottom three alongside Mark Moseley, who remains in the process, and sacked Denisha Kaur Bharj.
The current series kicked off with the candidates jetting to Antigua in the Caribbean after producers said they were able to put more budget into overseas tasks following years of the pandemic restricting their options.