The Apprentice candidate Shama Amin has quit the show due to health reasons.
The aspiring entrepreneur’s exit is due to be addressed in Thursday’s episode, where she tells Lord Alan Sugar that she will be leaving the process due to her rheumatoid arthritis.
In the upcoming episode, the mum-of-five tells the Amstrad mogul: ‘I would just like to say something, Lord Sugar, if that’s OK. I suffer from a condition called rheumatoid arthritis.
‘Because of medical reasons, due to this process being so physically demanding, despite the efforts the whole team has made to support me, I’ve had to make a difficult decision to leave the process.’
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists.
Shama’s exit means that 13 candidates remain in the running to become Lord Sugar’s next business partner.
The owner of a children’s day nursery, Shama has been in the winning team for both tasks she participated in.
Ahead of her appearance on the show, she said: ‘Being a lady of colour, wearing a headscarf as well, and the challenges that we face on a daily basis, I just want to be a living example for the Asian women and South Asian women out there.’
The last candidate to be fired by the businessman was Conor Gilsenan, after the teams were tasked with creating an electric toothbrush aimed at children aged six to eight.
The boys’ team failed to secure any orders for their magic wand themed toothbrush, while the girls’ team landed 11,000 orders from various retailers.
After Conor went against the project manager’s wishes of making the toothbrush gender neutral, he was given the boot.
However, his firing was controversial, with some viewers believing the wrong candidate was chosen.
The next episode of the show will see the teams tasked with making non-alcoholic drinks.
The Apprentice airs Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One.