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Trump fires Apprentice sidekick
Carolyn Kepcher and Donald Trump
Ms Kepcher will not be in the sixth series of The Apprentice
Property tycoon Donald Trump has fired one of the executives who starred alongside him in hit US TV show The Apprentice.

Carolyn Kepcher, who has worked with Mr Trump for more than 10 years, became famous as one of two tough-talking boardroom judges.

But Mr Trump's spokesman Jim Dowd confirmed she was no longer working for the Trump Organization.

Production of the sixth series of The Apprentice has just ended in the US.

Mr Trump picked 33-year-old British graduate Sean Yazbeck as his apprentice at the end of the fifth series in June.

The reality show sees aspiring tycoons battle to win a place in Mr Trump's company.

'Different visions'

Ms Kepcher, who most recently served as chief operating officer of the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester, New York, had been with The Apprentice since it started in 2004.

She was one of the boardroom judges, along with George Ross, who advised Mr Trump on which corporate hopeful should be told: "You're fired!"

Mr Ross, a 78-year-old lawyer, remains with the Trump Organization.

Since starring in The Apprentice, Ms Kepcher has made a number of talk-show appearances and speaking engagements.

Both she and Mr Trump's spokesman declined to give further details about her departure.

In a statement to the Reuters agency, Ms Kepcher said: "Donald and I had different visions for my future role in the company."

She also said she was grateful for the opportunities the Trump Organization had given her.

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