Mr Bouris means busi­ness

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEBBIE SCHIPP

THEY may tweet their ev­ery move, pull favours and pub­lic­ity stunts and call in their con­tacts dur­ing chal­lenges. But when push comes to shove in Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, boss Mark Bouris puts the brakes on in the board­room.

No matey asides. No phones. No worm­ing out of ques­tions. No tak­ing notes. No stunts. No funny stuff. And that’s ‘‘ Mr Bouris’’ to you, thanks.

‘‘ I think they thought it was go­ing to be a romp in the park,’’ says Bouris, the fi­nan­cial wiz­ard who does the fir­ing on the show.

‘‘ I think they got a shock first day. They thought they could just bluff their way through it, but it doesn’t work that way. I pulled them out of the pack real easy.

‘‘ I don’t mind peo­ple muck­ing around when you are do­ing chal­lenges but when you hit my board­room, you play by the rules.

‘‘ It’s ‘ call me what you are sup­posed to call me, it’s Mr Bouris, and be re­spect­ful to each other and the process’.’’

It’s not that Bouris ( pic­tured), who is mak­ing his sec­ond foray into re­al­ity tele­vi­sion af­ter play­ing the boss on Aus­tralia’s first Ap­pren­tice se­ries in 2009, is hu­mour­less.

It’s just that he’s tak­ing the same steely pro­fes­sional ap­proach to his tele­vi­sion gig as he does in busi­ness.

His pro­fes­sion­al­ism may be a re­lief to those al­ready tired of the celebrity hype and stunts which have bom­barded many in the lead-up to the se­ries.

The con­tes­tants – politi­cian Pauline Han­son, The Block’s Polly Porter, dance guru Ja­son Cole­man, co­me­dian Ju­lia Mor­ris, beauty queen Jesinta Camp­bell, former NRL player Wen­dell Sailor, AFL leg­end Shane Craw­ford, PR guru Max Mark­son, former Olympian Lisa Curry, singer Deni Hines, model Di­dier Co­hen and former AFL player Warwick Cap­per – have pulled in plenty of pub­lic­ity as film­ing has been con­ducted in and around Syd­ney.

But Bouris says the real gold in the show might be see­ing his charges in a new light. It’s cer­tainly been re­veal­ing for him as the ‘‘ boss’’.

‘‘ I knew a few of them from meet­ing them be­fore the show, but there were no ‘ mate­ships’ to be put aside,’’ he says.

‘‘ I know Wen­dell [ Sailor] but, you know, he played league for Queens­land, so I wouldn’t have that much to do with him. I’d met Max [ Mark­son] – it’s hard not to know of Max – and I’d met Shane [ Craw­ford] from AFL spon­sor­ship with Wiz­ard [ the home loans com­pany Bouris es­tab­lished with his side­kick in busi­ness and ad­viser on Celebrity Ap­pren­tice, Brad Sey­mour].

‘‘ But I wouldn’t say I ‘ knew’ them and, dur­ing this, I’ve learnt plenty about them.’’

Bouris knew it would be dan­ger­ous to as­sume Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia was ‘‘ just a cat­walk model’’, but has still been de­lighted to dis­cover just how ‘‘ smart and sharp’’ she is.

‘‘ And I look at Pauline Han­son as a politi­cian and I have a pre­con­ceived idea of what she was like, and I have def­i­nitely seen the softer side and the more hu­man side of Pauline. That’s not to say I agree with her pol­i­tics,’’ he says with a grin.

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