Lord Sugar stuns The Apprentice candidates with early firing

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A shock exit hits The Apprentice in week seven as Lord Sugar boots out a candidate earlier than normal.

The business magnate's furious reaction to a lacklustre performance by one team leads to a bruising board room encounter in which a contestant is fired during the appraisal section of the show.

Three hopefuls are then dragged back into Lord Sugar's lair in what could be the first double firing of the series.

Lord Sugar
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A source at The Apprentice said: "It goes to show Lord Sugar is still as tough as ever when it comes to choosing a business partner, as the candidates were shocked to see they could always be in the firing line."

Thursday night's episode sees the candidates tasked with tapping into the UK's boating and leisure industry at Poole Harbour Boat Show.

The wet and windy weather means both teams struggle for sales as drenched passers-by opt to keep their money in their pockets rather than purchase jet skis, fish cushions or snorkels.

The Apprentice returns on Thursday at 9pm on BBC One.