A WINNER of TV show The Apprentice said today she had thought of leaving the show starring Lord Sugar but felt she had invested too much time in it to drop out.
Stella English, 34, also gave up a high flying career in the City when she was named as a semi-finalist on series six of the hit BBC1 show.
Ms English, who is suing Lord Sugar for constructive dismissal, had to carry out a four-month probationary period before she was eventually named the winner in December 2010.
She has told an employment tribunal that despite being paid £100,000 she had no clear role and only had basic administrative tasks to do when she worked in Lord Sugar’s Viglen division.
Ms English, of Whitstable, Kent, yesterday told the hearing at East London Employment Tribunal Service that on her first day at Viglen its chief executive, Bordan Tkachuk, told her: “There is no job.”
During cross-examination today she was asked by Seamus Sweeney, representing Lord Sugar, why she did not complain to the millionaire business mogul about how she was treated.
She said: “I was in a trial period to win The Apprentice.
“What value is there in me going into a company I don’t know - whether I knew (she was going to win) or not - and then go and complain about people who have been working there a long time?
“I didn’t know at the time, within one month, how things were going to pan out.”
Asked by Mr Sweeney why she did not drop out of the process if she was so unhappy, she said: “That’s a very good question. It did cross my mind.”
But she added: “I had still hoped that by not making complaints and not being difficult with these people that in time I could maybe win them over.
“I didn’t feel to go through that process and then at the last minute to drop out was a real option.
“As I said it wouldn’t have made any sense for me to do that.”
Questioned about her relationship with Mr Tkachuk, she told the tribunal: “It was clear that he didn’t think much of The Apprentice.
“He didn’t have any real interest in me. He didn’t really particularly want to speak to me.
“He did not acknowledge my existence at all and the fact of the matter is he didn’t want me there.”