The Apprentice's Richard Woods: 'Sugar made a mistake'

The Apprentice's Richard Woods: 'Sugar made a mistake'

Alan Sugar made a big mistake firing Richard Woods, says the rejected business hopeful.

On Wednesday night (16Dec15) The Apprentice screened the interview stage of the competition, where the semi-finalists get grilled by four of Alan's most trusted, and feared, aides. The contestants, all hoping for a £250,000 investment from business mogul Alan, saw their business plans ripped apart, with Richard, Charleine Wain and Gary Poulton all getting the boot.

"Alan Sugar has made a big mistake," Richard bluntly told British newspaper The Sun. “I’m gutted. I went into those interviews as the most successful candidate.

“It was unbelievably frustrating. I still can’t believe I didn’t win. I keep thinking Sugar will call me and say ‘I made a mistake. I confused you with Vana’.”

Vana Koutsomitis and Joseph Valente made the final cut, and will go head-to-head on Sunday (20Dec15) night. During his time on the show Richard's fellow contestants, as well as viewers, loved to compare him to Ricky Gervais' The Office alter ego David Brent.

"People told me to close it down straight away because it’s detrimental, but I think it’s hilarious." Richard laughed. “I have fun in business and love a catchphrase. I prefer that to being called ‘Tricky Dicky’.”

The businessman didn't find some of his rivals funny though, particularly the constant cat fights between some of the women.

"The girls were tearing pieces out of each other," he sighed. "It was really petty and it didn’t do them any favours."

Former Apprentice winner Dr Leah Totton didn't see it that way though. She's praised the performance from this year's females, and is glad a woman has made it to the final.

"I don't know... I always support the girls," she exclusively told Cover Media. "No I really like the girls, I think that it would be nice to have another female winner. I think they're all amazing and strong. I think that the guys, it's very different and I think that it shows interestingly how women and men work differently but I am real champion of women in business. So for me I'm really hoping for a female winner."

- Cover Media