The Apprentice fired candidate feels Lord Sugar 'patronised his disability'

Souleyman Bah was the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice and following his exit tonight he has told how Lord Sugar ‘patronised his disability’ during his exit speech.

On tonight’s show the candidates got to have a bit of fun with their challenge as their project was to design and make a toy for a six to eight-year-old child.

However when it came to Souleyman’s team, nothing went to plan and they failed the task.

Having been diagnosed with Retina Pigmentosa at age six, the 20-year-old said during the challenge that he felt ‘picked on’ by his fellow teammates and ‘undermined’ by Lord Sugar because of his disability.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: ‘I don’t know why they used my valid points and twisted them to get me fired.

‘When I did get fired Lord Sugar said to me that it was “brave” of me to come on the show as a “big leap of ambition”. I felt really patronised by that comment because having a disability people say that to us every day like, “Oh, you’re so brave” and I just felt that undermined everything I had done.

‘I was picked from 70,000 people and made it to the final 16 people. I felt very belittled and patronised and he has never said that to anyone before so I thought that was unfair.’

It all came down to Riyonn Farsad, Lottie Lion and Souleyman Bah in the boardroom at the end of the task and Lord Sugar didn’t hold back.

The Para-Olympian said he both felt confused and shocked that he got fired by Lord Sugar and that ‘it shouldn’t have been him’.

He added: ‘I thought I was the only one who had any sense in what was wrong with the product, it was an unfortunate case of “I told you so” although I can’t tell them that because I am fired.

‘I think what confused me was usually when you’re fired, it’s when you’re the leader if the task, and the reason the task failed was because the toy wasn’t right for the demographic.

‘We were told that all along, at our target audience meeting, by John Lewis and Hamley’s Toy Shop. We were told it by everyone and I said that right from the beginning and no one chose to listen to me and that is why we failed.’

Souleyman went on to explain who he thought should have been fired instead of him.

He added: ‘The people responsible for the toy was Thomas and his team because they made the toy, and Riyonn because he was the project manager.

‘He has made toys in the past but for some reason he completely detached himself from the project and he just wanted to have fun on stage in front of the camera and that’s unfortunately where I got picked on, despite me making credible points about the product.

‘Tommy or Riyonn should have been fired because they were the ones put in charge.’

The Apprentice continues Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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