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'Unfair edit' in Apprentice show

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Yasmina Siadatan and Claude Litner
Yasmina was hauled over the coals by businessman Claude Litner

Apprentice finalist Yasmina Siadatan has revealed that scenes broadcast on Wednesday's show were edited out of sequence, portraying her "unfairly".

The 27-year-old told BBC News she had "made a complete fool" of herself when grilled by Claude Litner as part of a series of interviews for the episode.

On the show, she seemed to tell fellow contestants it had gone well, but those comments came after another interview.

"They cut the wrong exit which was really, really unfair," said Siadatan.

"I've had an apology so that's fine," she added.

The show's production company Talkback Thames said in a statement that Siadatan accepted there was no deliberate attempt to misrepresent her.

"The interview process is filmed over a day and this is edited into a one-hour programme which has to give the viewer an overview of each of the five candidates' performances.

I was slightly edited in the wrong way and they know about that and it's fine
Yasmina Siadatan

"We have spoken to Yasmina and, as she stated, she made no complaint. Yasmina accepts that no deliberate attempt has been made to misrepresent her."

Speaking about her encounter with Mr Litner, Sir Alan's former global trouble-shooter, in which she was challenged over her business accounts, Siadatan said: "The whole thing went tits up and I made a complete fool out of myself.

"I walked out and I said: 'Guys, that was just terrible - that was a really really awful interview.'"

Surprised

However, that sequence was never shown. Instead she was seen telling the four other candidates that the interview had been "very good", and continuing: "That was actually enjoyable."

During the interview, Mr Litner went through Siadatan's business accounts and pointed out her profit estimations, provided for the show's application, were wrong.

"If you don't know your turnover, it's a pretty sad indictment of your business," he said.

Siadatan was visibly surprised he had managed to obtain her accounts, despite the fact that they were public documents. She appeared flustered and unable to answer many of his questions.

'No hard feelings'

"I was expecting it to be a normal interview but it was just a raw interrogation about my business accounts," she said.

Margaret Mountford
Margaret Mountford will not be involved in the next Apprentice series

"Unfortunately I hadn't thought about my business accounts in five months, so when he quizzed me I didn't quite have the figures in my head.

Despite the misrepresentation, Siadatan said she had not complained to the show's producers.

"I was slightly edited in the wrong way and they know about that and it's fine.

"There's no complaints and no hard feelings. It's a business programme, it's also a television programme. We're not stupid. We're aware of that," she added.

Meanwhile, Margaret Mountford, Sir Alan's adviser on The Apprentice, has revealed the current series will be her last in her Daily Telegraph column.

She is leaving to concentrate on her PhD at University College London.

"I never had any desire for fame or TV stardom but I've enjoyed discovering the world of making television, and all the very hard-working people in it," she told the newspaper.

Referring to her colleague Nick Hewer, she added: "I will miss being part of the Nick 'n' Margaret combination (he likens it to fruit and nut!)".



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