Viewers tuning into The Apprentice on BBC One on Thursday were so baffled by the investments in competitors’ “awful” products, some accused the show of being “scripted”.
The remaining 16 business hopefuls were tasked with creating demos of an escape room-style video game to present to potential investors, who committed £170,000 to the winning product but only £50,000 to the losing side.
Asif Munaf, who was removed from spin-off You’re Fired for “a series of anti-Jewish comments”, was fired by Lord Sugar after a narrow escape in the second week.
One viewer commented: ‘No one is investing £50,000 and £170,000 in things they made fun of in three hours. This program is beyond what was written.’
Managing the project after a boardroom fight last week, Asif and his team produced a game involving escaping a desert island after a plane crash, which lost out to a medieval-themed game.
Viewers tuning into The Apprentice on BBC One last night were so baffled by the investment in competitors’ “awful” products that some think the show must be “scripted”.
Asif Munaf (right) was sacked by Lord Sugar after his team came up with the lake game ‘Fallen Escape’
The remaining 16 business hopefuls were tasked with creating demos of an escape room-style video game to present to potential investors, who committed £170,000 to the winning product.
Those who tuned in to the episode seemed as unimpressed with the products as investors, but they couldn’t believe the astronomical sums of money that were at stake given the proposals.
They said: ‘These can’t be real investments, it’s all made up…
‘No, these launches are horrible…
“Someone actually invested $170,000 in that medieval game…
“Both teams did not deserve any investment, the games were horrible…
‘Sorry, no one invests in this nonsense if the TV cameras aren’t there. Absolutely not. No way. Awful.’
Lord Sugar’s right-hand man Tim Campbell reported that investors “liked the elements” of the losing game, which contributed to the decision to invest £50,000 in further development.
By comparison, they thought the other game’s medieval theme was “completely over the top,” Karren Brady responded, but they liked the story and “loved the character,” so they decided to allocate more than triple the other game’s funding to its development. .
However, given the nature of the show and therefore the ‘developers’ of the two games cannot continue with that product, these sums are purely hypothetical.
Still, this meant Asif, a former NHS doctor who now owns his own wellness brand, faced the final boardroom again, with his second consecutive visit proving too much to survive.
One spectator said: “Both teams were not worth any investment, the matches were horrible.”
Dr Munaf was removed from the spin-off show You’re Fired after “a series of anti-Jewish comments” on his social media since filming the main series.
“Grotesquely anti-Semitic” comments resurfaced on Dr Munaf’s social media accounts after filming of The Apprentice, despite the candidate being sent to a diversity and inclusion training course organized by the BBC.
He described Zionism as a “satanic cult” following the October 7 terrorist attack and wrote on social media that he was compiling a “list of sadistic doctors” who were “supporting Zionist genocide.”
Dr. Munaf had also said that Zionists are “odiously ogre-like” and had called the “Zionist public relations machine” a “slug.”
He was sent on an equality training course after the BBC was alerted to his tweets once filming concluded, with the BBC adding that if the posts had been there before filming he would not have been included in the programme.
At the time, a spokesperson for The Apprentice said: “After filming took place, we were made aware of concerns about social media posts Asif had made after he had dropped out of the process.
‘As soon as we were alerted, we took immediate action and spoke to Asif in detail about this.
“Asif participated in specialized training to understand why his posts may be offensive.”
Dr. Munaf insisted that “it was not my intention to offend anyone.”
But since then he has continued to make controversial comments about the conflict in Gaza.
Two weeks ago he wrote that “the Zionist mask is falling” and accused Israel of weaponizing the Holocaust to “drive another fascist ideology.”