Fired Apprentice candidate Michael Copp blames exit on having the flu!

Michael Copp (The Apprentice 2012)

Fired Apprentice candidate [tag]Michael Copp[/tag] has blamed his exit on having gastric flu during the task!

The 32-year-old was kicked off the show by Lord Sugar last night after the hopefuls were tasked with creating and selling a new condiment.

Michael, on Team Phoenix, failed to impress after selling a measly 52 units.

But the Essex businessman explained: "I had gastric flu, and it really affected me. When you're in a stressful situation like that it just made it twice as hard.

"I didn't harp on, but the contestants knew about it, so maybe that was a tactical thing," he said.

Michael also pinned the blame on project manager Katie, who has yet to win a task.

He said: "Katie didn't do a good job. She should have briefed us and said 'We need to sell this product as cheap as we can'.

"If everyone had known this from the start I think everyone would have been a little more conscious of it.

"She was running the task, and she should have directed it a lot more.

The Apprentice 2012 continues on Wednesdays on BBC One.