The Apprentice's 'shocking truth' revealed by Lord Sugar's former aide Nick Hewer

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Lord Sugar's former aide on The Apprentice Nick Hewer has supposedly dropped a 'shock bombshell' about the series.

A blonde bombshell, to be precise.

In a chat with The Sun newspaper, Nick spoke about his ten years on the show and revealed how in particular Lord Sugar was encouraged to keep the 'good looking' candidates.

Nick told the tabloid: “I say to him, ‘Oh, by the way Alan, the blonde: he or she is as thick as a fridge door, and I urge you with every fibre of your being, get rid of them, because they’re going to let you down”.

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“And the producers will say, ‘Do you think you could find it in your heart to not get rid of the blonde just yet?’

“He will say ‘the blonde will go when the blonde deserves to go’.”

And Nick also claimed - perhaps fortunately - that the contestants who are chosen aren't Britain's best and brightest business people.

Suggesting candidates were picked because of their looks or "outrageous" lines on their CVs, he explained: "You might say, ‘Are these the brightest people with the best prospects?’, and I would say ‘No, not necessarily’.

“If you really got the brightest kids the danger is that no one would understand what they’re doing.

“What would happen — because this is how it happens — is it would be on BBC 14 at 3am, with six viewers, and the commissioning editor would be taken out of his office, led by the elbow to a brick wall, where he would be machine gunned."

Nick conceded: “It’s all about the viewers. If you don’t deliver the numbers, you’re out. Which is why it’s been running now for twelve years."

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A spokesperson for The Apprentice told the tabloid in response to Nick's comments: “All firing decisions throughout The Apprentice are down to Lord Sugar’s own judgement, and solely based on his opinion about who he believes should be fired after every task.”

They added: “The Apprentice is a serious business reality series; the winner will be in partnership with Lord Sugar and therefore needs to have the relevant credentials.

“References are checked for business and education credentials and a business consultant is involved at audition stages. In addition to this, Lord Sugar sees the CVs during final selection process. To say that candidates are chosen purely for their looks or single lines on their CV is not true.”