THE Apprentice’s Dean Ahmad has said Lewis threw him under the bus in the boardroom after Lord Sugar fired him.
The 20-year-old got the boot this week after causing a stink as the candidates were tasked with creating and selling their own perfume.
The two teams had come up with their own signature scent and design and brand a unique bottle before attempting to secure sales from two major retailers.
Pamela led Dean and Lewis but despite her background in beauty, they managed to fail the task and all ended back in the boardroom.
Lewis – who messed up the packaging of the bottle - decided to point the finger of blame at Dean and he ended up going home.
Speaking about Lewis’ betrayal, he said: “I think Lewis did throw me under the bus to an extent. I hadn’t worked with him until task two, so his judgement of me is irrelevant and has no grounding. I was very surprised.
“I was surprised when he said I couldn’t manage on my own in the task. I would have been more than happy on my own – I have work in business since I was 15. Maybe it was because of my age?
“But, you have to defend yourself so I have no hard feelings.”
Dean, who has a sports management agency, admitted he thought his time might have been up if his team lost but he plans to stay in touch with Lord Sugar.
He told us: “I thought if we lost then I knew I was in for a tough time and when he pointed at Pamela I thought he was saving me again but it was meant to be. I have no regrets in that process.
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“I feel like I could offer a lot more going forward and with my business plan but I would like to think Lord Sugar still sees something in me and he did say stay in touch and I will do exactly that.
“Who knows what will happen down the line, Lord Sugar loves his sport?”
Discussing how he got on with her fellow candidates during the series, Dean admitted he found Lottie “hard work”.
He said: “I think everyone can see Lottie is hard work but I think I put her in a place.”
Dean is now backing Scarlett to win the process as the contestants are whittled down to the final five.