Where do I begin?! It has taken a couple of weeks to make some sense of it all, but let me give you a brief insight into my life ‘post-Apprentice’ so far…
Even before the final episode, we had some fantastic media engagements. This Morning with Phillip Schofield was good fun. It’s strange when actual celebrities treat YOU like a celebrity. Peter Andre was with us in the green room and we chatted about fatherhood, got some pics taken & generally hung out. I had my palm read by a lady, and she basically told me that my life was going to be amazing and lots of fun. She was bang-on!
I suppose I knew it was going to be fun when Dara O’Briain walked into my dressing-room at the You’re Hired studio and said “I’ve been looking forward to meeting you since Week 1!” I must mention that he is hilarious (as you all know), and that we chatted loads about cycling and where he is from in Ireland. Such a great guy! After the interview (that I’ll upload asap onto ‘The Apprentice’ section of my website), it was time for the wrap party…all the Candidates were in fine form!
Up early the next morning to go onto the Lorraine Show on ITV…such a lovely woman. I was forced to get make-up…lol…and chilled out in the green room. Live TV is great…I am genuinely oblivious to the cameras, and I think that is important. I had great banter with Lorraine, and my wife said I came across well (she is bias, I’m sure). Did loads of back-to-back newspaper interviews too, which really gives you an opportunity to thank everyone for their support & talk about your future plans.
All The Finalists had to do radio interviews in a BBC recording studio, and DJ Trevor Nelson, from Radio 1, had to select one Candidate to interview…he decided to choose ‘Jedi Jim’! It was hilarious…he put me on the spot by asking me to do 30 seconds of clichés. Fortunately, I still had a few up my sleeve! He also loves the show, and I think he fancies himself as someone who would do well on it (you have to be in it…to win it!)!? Another great interview was with Alan Simpson (Radio Ulster), because I felt like I was speaking directly to Northern Ireland, where everyone who had been so supportive throughout the process.
My phone and email were bleeping non-stop, and I’ll take this opportunity to apologise for not responding yet. I am genuinely trying to respond as best I can to everyone who has contacted me throughout…slowly but surely. This is just a snapshot of the Final Week in London, but lots more craic will follow shortly…
What stuff do you want to hear about ‘post-Apprentice’?
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