Pants Man leaves “The Apprentice”

May 7, 2009

After shouting his way through the previous tasks, estate agent Philip Taylor was booted off “The Apprentice” last night for breaking that age-old rule: never mix business with pleasure.

Sent to Manchester and Liverpool to sell products pitched to them by inventors, loudmouth Phil instead spent the entire task flirting with Kate — favourite to win the competition — and cheekily saying things like “I’d buy anything off her” as if he was auditioning for a role in a Carry On film.

The products chosen by both teams were just ridiculous.

Ignite team leader Lorraine, who has had a bust-up with Phil in every episode so far, went for a cat playhouse and a bicycle luggage holder, while team Empire, led by Mona, tried to flog a two-person dog lead (don’t ask) and a silk sleeping bag that can be worn like a jumpsuit.

Autocrat Lorraine decides she is the person to pitch the products to retailers, despite her shocking attempt at selling exercise equipment a few weeks ago. The most over-used — and irritating — phrase of this series is surely one candidate yelling to another: “I’m just as good as you are at selling.”

Back in the boardroom, a bewildered Sir Alan Sugar immediately panned the teams’ product choices, particularly Debra’s attempt to sell the sleeping bag suit to a retailer specialising in high-end designs, who summed it up rather nicely by saying: “It’s just not very stylish.”

Kate, Philip and Ben failed to make a single sale between them, however, and team Ignite were heavily outsold by Empire. Lorraine brought Philip and Kate back into the boardroom with her to face Sir Alan’s wagging finger and cleverly chose to bring the pair’s romance to the overlord’s attention.

After being picked on by Philip for weeks, Lorraine got her revenge when Sir Alan fired Philip, saying: “Your bravado and attitude isn’t going to fit in my organisation.”

A teary-eyed Phil then stormed out of the boardroom in a way that his Y-front-wearing breakfast cereal creation Pants Man, for which he will be remembered, would have been proud.

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