The apprentice Star Shama Amin has defended the BBC show’s production team amid criticism.
Amin quit the show three weeks into her run due to the pain she was experiencing with rheumatoid arthritis.
In Thursday’s episode (January 20), Amin told Lord Sugar at the start of the episode that she was giving up on the process.
She explained that the physical demands of the show coupled with the pain left her unable to compete.
Since the announcement, many have criticized the show’s production team, saying they haven’t adjusted things to allow Amin to stay in the competition.
However, Amin seemed to anticipate this while talking to reporters ahead of the episode.
“I spoke with the production and my husband and do you know what, both were absolutely amazing,” she said. “So supportive. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one and it was mine. Nobody ever made me feel guilty once.”
Amin added that “the production offered me everything I could have asked for to help me stay”, adding that she “always felt supported that this had to be my decision”.
Explaining her decision to quit, Amin said: “The days are long but in the first task I was fine,” she said. “At home, if my body needs to rest, I just know I can put my feet up and rest. But obviously, I couldn’t do that in this situation.
“It was in the second task that the swelling started to get worse, but I didn’t want to have to leave halfway through the task. I was determined to get through it, and I did. »
She added: “We then had the day off and I was struggling to put my shoes on and I knew I was going to have to make a decision. It was such a difficult decision, but the bottom line is that my health comes first.
“It was really a heart-to-head scenario, but first and foremost I’m a mum and after all of this I would be coming home to my kids.”
The apprentice continues Thursday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on BBC One.