I was in The Apprentice and it was so unfair – Lord Sugar came after me, plus Karen and Tim had obvious favorites
AMY Anzel didn’t win The Apprentice and she thinks it has to do with “unfair” treatment from Lord Alan Sugar.
Fired contestant Amy, 49, is no stranger to criticism from Lord Alan and has even been banned from going on spin-off show, You’re Hired.
In an exclusive chat with The Sun, the New York native describes how she felt the entrepreneur “always made an example out of her.”
“I was always criticized for my work and never really received support and I don’t think I really had a chance,” she says.
“Looking back on the 16 years of the series, I have never seen an American or a Canadian reach the final [of the UK series].”
Amy isn’t sure why Lord Sugar had it for her in the final season, but she describes the treatment as “unfair”.
“I just felt he didn’t like me. And I remember he was always criticizing me,” she explains.
She recalls that during a challenge, the TV star accused her of being aggressive with a buyer and that’s why she lost the sale.
“Which wasn’t true at all, and I thought it was very unfair,” Amy says.
“All the other candidates were like, ‘I don’t know why he said that, it wasn’t true, they’re going after you.
“So I felt that I didn’t have the same luck as the others.”
Pointing out how Lord Alan seemed to single her out at board meetings, Amy agrees that “he always had a habit of interrupting me”.
“I never had a chance to really defend myself and I tried time and time again,” Amy says.
“When Lord Sugar criticized me and said, ‘I haven’t seen anything from you in these six weeks’ and I thought, ‘Really? “. I was a seated team leader for four out of six tasks.
“I always contributed, I always spoke, I never hid, like I wasn’t a wall flower and he just didn’t want to hear it.”
Amy points out that she was vice president in four out of six tasks and was “always putting herself in danger”.
“Yet he said I hadn’t contributed anything in six weeks,” she laments.
“So I felt like in a way my script was already written, because he hadn’t seen anything of my input, which was so obvious and so clear that there was something that didn’t was wrong.
“People who watched the show saw that, so they all felt it was a really unfair dismissal.”
Amy also doesn’t mince words when it comes to the judges, Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.
She says they had their favorites and that had a big impact on how we fared in the competition.
“I think it depends on who you are as a candidate, I think if they really liked you, they were more supportive of you as a candidate and nice to you,” Amy explains.
“And if they didn’t, they weren’t that nice to you, so I think it really depended on who you were among the candidates.”
The American cosmetics entrepreneur has previously accused Lord Sugar of being biased against her.
“There was ageism and also anti-Americanism,” Amy insisted in March.
“Lord Sugar would often refer to me as Donald Trump and I would say I’m nothing like Trump and we all know he and Trump hate each other.
“I think it has a lot to do with it. We’ve heard him say before ‘I like acorns, not oaks and I think he sees me more as an oak tree because my business is four years old or so. it comes until I am 48 years old.
“He just has no interest in working with someone who is ‘so old’. I couldn’t think of any other reason. Honestly, it was so insulting.
“I had so much to show him. It was so unfair. I was a standout character for six weeks, people knew who I was.”
Amy – who was the oldest contestant to appear on the show – was fired in week six.
Lord Sugar, 74, accused Amy of dodging the role of project manager, despite putting herself forward for the role in week two and acting as a four-man assistant team manager occasions.
After going to production about the jibe, Amy was banned from appearing on You’re Fired for “violating the show’s contract” – which she denies.