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This is why The Apprentice's Reece Donnelly left the show

Two candidates left the show in the latest episode, but only one was fired.

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The Apprentice spoilers follow.

The Apprentice said goodbye to another candidate tonight (February 9), after a task abroad that went about... as well as The Apprentice tasks abroad normally go. But this episode actually saw two candidates leave the process.

This time, the business hopefuls were whisked away to Dubai to provide a corporate away day. Each team was set up with a client, and they had to negotiate a price and deliver everything they've asked for.

As the candidates landed in the country, however, Reece was nowhere to be seen, which has led to multiple press reports regarding the circumstances.

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In the boardroom, it was mentioned that he "wasn’t able to take part in the task and has subsequently left the process." A spokesperson for the show similarly told Digital Spy that: "Reece was unable to continue in the process, this was discussed and agreed between Reece and programme-makers."

"I was presented with a choice, you know, and I had to listen to my body,” Reece told STV News. “It was filmed last year, and I don’t want to ruin the TV magic for anyone so I won’t say much about that – but sometimes you have to choose your health over wealth.”

Back to the task, Rochelle became PM for one team, despite not knowing much about the corporate world, while Victoria successfully put herself forward as PM for the other team, after saying she knows both corporate away days and Dubai really well.

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Rochelle's team went for a more traditional cultural experience in the desert, while Victoria's team wanted to go premium and high-octane with jet skis and an expensive DJ masterclass.

Unfortunately, both teams' clients wanted the opposite experience to what was being sold, and fell short of how much they wanted to get for the tickets, especially Victoria's team who barely got half their asking price.

After some further mess-ups, including booking the DJ for a lot more than they needed him for, both teams' experiences descended into chaos when it came to food.

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Rochelle's team served burnt or undercooked food, hadn't factored in dietary requirements at all, and had to limit the water they were serving. Victoria's team took ages to get their food ready, but seemed to take the sting out of it with the impressive DJ experience.

In the end, Victoria's client wanted a 20 per cent refund, leaving them with a profit of around £550, while Rochelle's client was unhappy to the tune of a 60 per cent refund, giving them a final profit of just under £450.

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In the end, Joe was fired for his contribution to the poor service, with Rochelle narrowly escaping the firing line.

10 candidates head into next week's task, which is designing a children's lunchbox and app.

The Apprentice airs on BBC One, with spin-off series You're Fired airing immediately afterwards on BBC Two.

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