There was another firing this week on The Apprentice!


Following the Week 4 challenge, which saw the The Apprentice 2023 candidates trekking around Brighton to find a list of items for the lowest price, three contestants found themselves in the firing line as their group spent the most money.

Last week, Lord Alan Sugar made Denisha Kaur Bharj the Week 4 project manager after her group failed the cartoon challenge.

However, a lack of strategy meant that she lost to team Infinity, which was being headed up by Simba Rwambiwa.

Denisha decided to bring back Reece Donnelly and Mark Mosely to the boardroom as all three argued their case to Lord Sugar, and his trusted advisors, Baroness Karren Brady and Tim Campbell.

But, who did Lord Sugar decide to send home?

Read on for everything you need to know about the former Apprentice candidates from season 17.

Who left The Apprentice 2023 this week?

Week 4 - Denisha Kaur Bharj

The Apprentice 2023 candidate Denisha Kaur Bharj.
The Apprentice 2023 candidate Denisha Kaur Bharj. BBC

Denisha Kaur Bharj was the fourth candidate to be eliminated from The Apprentice.

After hearing Reece, Mark and Denisha out, Lord Sugar decided: "Denisha, you had your chance to show me whether you were any good at logistics and dealing with people, and I’m very sorry to say that you have not impressed me. So it is with regret, Denisha, that you’re fired."

Following her exit, Denisha said: “I’m gutted I’m not going to be there next week. It’s been an amazing opportunity and an amazing experience. I’ve watched the show for years and been a fan of the show for years. To get to the point where I’ve met Lord Sugar has been incredible.

"I applied for it because I really wanted to win the investment, but you know, everything happens for a reason."

Week 3 - Gregory Ebbs

The Apprentice 2023 candidate Gregory Ebbs.
The Apprentice 2023 candidate Gregory Ebbs. BBC

Gregory Ebbs from Shropshire was the third candidate to be fired this year.

During the cartoon challenge, it was agreed that Gregory hadn't given as much input as the rest of the team.

“Gregory, by your own admission you struggled with the task. In business you need to adapt. It is with regret, Gregory, that you’re fired," Lord Sugar said.

Speaking in his taxi on his way out, Gregory explained: “I understand that Lord Sugar fired me because he felt I was unable to adapt. However, I am determined to prove Lord Sugar wrong and show him why I should have been his next business partner.”

In an exclusive interview with, Gregory revealed who he thinks deserved to be fired.

Week 2 - Shannon Martin and Kevin D'Arcy

Shannon Martin and Kevin D'Arcy leave The Apprentice
Shannon Martin and Kevin D'Arcy leave The Apprentice. BBC

Week 2 saw two exits from The Apprentice. First, Shannon Martin threw in the towel as she revealed she'd be leaving the competition early.

Following her exit, Martin opened up about her decision to leave, saying: "I’m a perfectionist, I need to know what’s going on all the time and not being able to know how things were going on at home or what was happening at work was really hard for me. The unknown is definitely not something I’m good at."

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As usual there was an elimination, and at the end of the episode it was decided that Kevin D'Arcy would be going home after the boys lost the challenge.

Asked about his favourite moment on the show, he said: "I definitely had the most fun with the rum masterclass.

"You don’t get to see the full masterclass during the episode but that lasted for a good 35 or 40 minutes and the crowd loved it. They were up singing and dancing. That was definitely a fun experience.

"When we were selling the tickets, we promised a couple of the punters a song, so we came up with a song for them. It was to the tune of Kokomo by The Beach Boys. So ‘Aruba, Jamaica, girl I wanna take ya…’ we did our own version with Antigua, so we got them all singing along."

Week 1 - Emma Browne

The Apprentice 2023 candidate Emma Browne.
The Apprentice 2023 candidate Emma Browne. BBC

Emma Browne was the first contestant to be fired from The Apprentice this year after the girls lost the first challenge for season 17.

Despite securing the most sales for her team during the excursions task in Antigua, it was decided that Emma would be going home.

Asked if she has any regrets, she said upon her exit: "No, none at all."

On why she deserved to stay, she added: "I got the most sales. I was accurate in saying the beach wasn’t a good location. I brought a lot of energy to the girls’ team which I think was seen as well and highlighted. I am a very positive person, and I remained positive throughout."

Despite being the first to go, Emma has no hard feelings and still admires Lord Sugar, saying: "It would have to be Lord Sugar [who I admire most], even though he fired me.

"If he had been there during the task his opinion could have been completely different, but I suppose that he’s made his decision from other people’s judgements."

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