The Apprentice continued on BBC One last night, with The Apprentice 2023 candidates heading to Dubai to organise away days for international clients.


However, one contestant was noticeably missing from the Apprentice task this week - performing arts school owner Reece Donnelly.

Despite appearing at the beginning of the episode as the candidates left for Heathrow Airport, Reece wasn't present in later scenes, and when the candidates returned to the boardroom at the end of the episode, Lord Sugar revealed that he had left the process.

"So, as you know Reece wasn't able to take part in the task, and has subsequently left the process," he explained.

So, why wasn't he on The Apprentice this week? And will he be returning?

Why isn't Reece Donnelly on The Apprentice 2023?

Unfortunately, Reece was unable to travel to Dubai due to health issues, so couldn't take part in the challenge this week. As a result, he chose to withdraw from the competition.

Announcing his departure, he said: "I could not continue in The Apprentice due to being unable to complete the task in Dubai for health reasons.

"My goal of being on The Apprentice was to showcase that Scotland has amazing businesses and entrepreneurs. I really hope I've done that."

He added to the Daily Star: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my time on the show and I'm looking forward to watching my fellow candidates in the rest of the series. I'm so grateful for my time with Lord Sugar and the team.

"I hope you all enjoy the show as much as we laughed making it. As the first Scottish candidate in over eight years, let's do this Scotland."

Will Reece return to The Apprentice 2023?

Reece won't be returning to The Apprentice season 17, and has quit the process for 2023.

The news was announced in episode 6, which aired on Thursday 9th February at 9pm on BBC One.

If given the opportunity, Reece would love to return to The Apprentice.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: "Absolutely, I would return if given the opportunity. I think that for me, I am so proud of the job that I had."

He added: "I just hope that one person in Scotland watches that show and thinks, 'I can open my own business' or, 'Do you know what, I can apply for that show.' And if one young person watches that, then I'll have done my job correctly."

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