How disappointed are you to have been fired so close to the end of The Apprentice?
"I think the competitive part of me wanted to stay on in there and keep going and see how far I could get. It is a bit of a lottery in there: every time you get through it's like, 'Yay! I'm a step further. I wonder how far I can get?' The competitive part of me was disappointed, but I think the 'real' side of me knows that it's Sir Alan's money at the end of the day. Who knows he wants? I had a good innings, you know. You can be fired at any point at this stage in the competition and it was nice to have the kind of firing I did. I'm absolutely fine with it."
What do you think was your undoing?
"Um...Sir Alan said that it was because of poor choice of products, but I think that he didn't actually understand that crafting in the UK was an enormous business. We chose the decoupage product because the shopping channel actually makes quite a lot of money out of it, but he just didn't get it. He was just focusing on Simon. I don't actually think that my performance in this task had anything to do with my firing. I think Sir Alan has had a good think about all of us - he's known us for ten weeks now - and I think as we walked through the door on the first day he had a good idea who the real contenders were. I'm happy to be fired and I hope he goes on to pick the right person."
Who do you think should have been fired?
"Simon! What's been fantastic is the feedback I've got. Everyone's been saying that Simon should have been fired and that I was robbed. You know, Simon was a complete nightmare on that task. He was a shambles and he was a shambles when he project managed previously. He was saved because Tre is always on his side and I helped him out on this task. He's been very lucky - Sir Alan seems to have a soft spot for the entrepreneur in him. I think that his risk-taking paid off because Tre and I actually sold those bloody wheelchairs."
What were you thinking as you watched him screw the trampoline's legs on live on air?
"Oh. My. God. It was just absolutely hysterical - you couldn't have primed an actor to do that. I don't think that he even knew that he was doing it - that's what was so hilarious. When he said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, you can really enjoy yourself doing this,' I was like, 'Simon! It's not past the watershed!' It was hilarious."
The funniest thing was that he seemed quite pleased with himself at the end of it. He seemed to think he'd done a great job.
"He wanted to present on his own - he insisted on it! He wouldn't listen to anyone who said that, you know, I was actually quite good at it. He pushed himself forward and he was loving it. He said, 'I don't think I was that bad,' but I was like, 'Yes you were!'"
What do you think Sir Alan's looking for in his apprentice this year?
"From what I've seen Sir Alan isn't looking for the normal definition of an apprentice this year. He's not looking for someone who can learn. He wants the finished article: someone he can kind of hand the mantle over to. I think the only person that could be is Kristina: she's been quietly consistent throughout; she's spoken up when she needed to; she's reliable; she's responsible and she really wants it. You know, she's put her heart and soul into it. On a personal level I think she's fantastic."
Did you find it hard to work with Kristina and Katie?
"No! Everyone's been asking me about this, saying, 'What about the bitchiness? What about the underlying tension?' Those two just got on with it, and we as a three worked very well together. Kristina and Katie buried the hatchet for the sake of the task and I think they deserve credit for that. But, the more I hear about Katie, the more I'm disappointed in her. I thought she'd never said a bad word about me - that was obviously very naive of me. Apparently I look like a labrador puppy or something like that?"
You've got off lightly compared to some of the candidates!
"I'm lucky to be alive! I feel that in the law of Katie I'm allowed to be alive in animal form, which is a lot better than she wishes on Adam."
Why do you think she's on the show?
"I'm racking my brains. If she wants to become famous, there are better ways to do it. I mean, what are you going to do with your fame if the whole country hates you? There was a point when we all wondered why she was there - she's had a good career and I imagine she earns over £100k at the moment. I don't know why she's there but I hope she has a good explanation when she comes out. I really hope she doesn't win!"
Her supposedly off-the-cuff comments to camera seem rather scripted. Did you ever catch her scribbling down her latest witticism?
"She is conniving, as you might have guessed. I have no idea how she got away with it - I never saw her planning anything. She was nice as pie in the house. We'd have chats about marathon running, New York, her kids, everything. Then it turns out she's been doing this. Let's just say she's not someone I'm going to be keeping in contact with."
When it got down to the last six, did tensions start to mount in The Apprentice house?
"We were tired. I think that's why people haven't been fighting so much in the boardroom, because you're kind of resigned to the fact that you're either going to get through, or you're not. You kind of say your piece and that's that. Tension's not necessarily mounting. I mean, there were a couple of arguments in the house but you just get on with it, don't you? Actually, the final six candidates were all quite mature so were all able to say, 'Let's leave the task behind and just watch TV.'"
Do you have any regrets about appearing on The Apprentice?
"I maybe wish I hadn't been quite so willing to get into the monkey suit! It wasn't my highlight. But no regrets at all - it was a great show and a great experience. Let's just see what happens next."
The Apprentice continues on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.