Harry Mahmood has slammed his former Apprentice co-stars for being fame hungry – after becoming the first candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar.
The regional operations manager, 35, accused contestants on this year’s series of only being on the show to secure a deal with fast fashion brand Boohoo while revealing some of the male entrepreneurs fancy themselves as Calvin Klein models.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Harry, who was given the boot on Thursday’s episode after the boys lost the first task, claimed he was only interested in Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment and inspiring the Asian community with his business acumen.
‘They want more from this’: Harry Mahmood has slammed his former Apprentice co-stars for being fame hungry – after becoming the first candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar
He said: ‘A lot of people on the show just want a Boohoo deal or some sort of extra work. I have come across a few candidates that seem like they want more from this.
‘A lot of the boys bantered and said, ‘ah yeah, I want to be a Calvin Klein model’ and I thought mate, with that body? Probably not.
‘I am not here to be famous; I was here to get investment from Lord Sugar because I am here not just to help myself but also to inspire other people.
‘I have come from nothing, I am from the Asian community, Muslim, British, and I wanted to inspire other children to work hard, try harder and be successful. It was not about fame I am not here for that of any kind.’
‘I’m not here to be famous’: Harry accused contestants on this year’s series including Kathryn Louise Burn (pictured) of only being on the show to secure a deal with fashion brand Boohoo
The bath bomb entrepreneur insists he’s still the ‘Asian version of Lord Sugar’ despite being the first to be fired after the male team failed to impress with their cruise line marketing campaign.
He said: ‘Of course, Lord Sugar and I are charming, charismatic, amazing aesthetically to look at, obviously we have great dress sense and have worked very hard, we have both been honoured by the Queen.
‘We both have insight into the future, not just about business but other fields and we’re team players, we look at collaborative space and working with other people.
‘We are innovators in our own right and as Lord Sugar quoted, we are disruptors. Let’s bring back Harry, hash tag it, let’s do it – if Donald Trump can become president of America anything is possible.’
‘I thought mate, with that body?’: Harry revealed some of the male entrepreneurs fancy themselves as Calvin Klein models (pictured Akeem Bundu-Kamara)
Like most fired candidates, Harry believes Lord Sugar has made a mistake in getting rid of him so early in the 12-week process and insists he will become the first contestant of the series to earn £1million after launching his business idea.
He said: ‘When Lord Sugar said the words ‘you’re fired’ I didn’t move. I was like I’m fired? Oh, bloody hell. I didn’t think it was going to be me.
‘Despite me being ejected from day one I am not going to give up, watch this space, you watch. I am leaving the process, but I am not leaving the world – I am going to go on and show them all what I’m made of.
‘By firing me, Lord Sugar is saying he doesn’t like someone who’s creative, fun, who is steering people in the right direction to be successful, that’s not what he wants.
‘I will be the first to become a millionaire off the back of my own hard work, based on my own business acumen that they didn’t get to see.’
‘I will be the first to become a millionaire’: Like most fired candidates, Harry believes Lord Sugar has made a mistake in getting rid of him so early in the 12-week process
Harry, who still believes project manager Akshay should have been fired in his place, was accused of being ‘disruptive’ in the boardroom, which he only sees as a compliment.
He said: ‘Lord Sugar himself is a disruptor in business and anything he does but the positive from it in terms of me being a labeled a disruptor is that to me it means I’m innovative.
‘There’s Nelson Mandela, Mohammad Ali, Elon Musk, Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto, and these are all disruptive people who have gone onto to change the world.
‘I will take it as a compliment and go out there and change the world for the better.’
Team: Alex Short, Akshay Thakrar, and Navid Sole (L-R), were also on the losing side after Lord Sugar challenged candidates to create an advertising campaign for a new cruise line