Bouris steps in as tem­pers rise

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

CELEBRITY Ap­pren­tice boss Mark Bouris (pic­tured) was forced to step in to stop two per­son­al­i­ties com­ing to blows while film­ing a new sea­son of the show. Bouris says that the fiery ex­change be­tween the two men caught him off-guard. The cam­eras stopped film­ing be­cause the in­ci­dent had the po­ten­tial to ex­plode. Bouris says the con­fronta­tion ap­pears in episode three and makes Ja­son Ak­er­ma­nis’s tem­per tantrum in 2012 look mi­nor. He com­pared the dust-up to Meat­loaf’s epic US Celebrity Ap­pren­tice melt­down dur­ing an art ex­er­cise when he phys­i­cally threat­ened ac­tor Gary Busey. ‘‘It’s be­tween two of the boys and it’s very se­ri­ous, in fact it is so se­ri­ous that I had to break it up,’’ says Bouris. ‘‘It was out of con­trol. We had to stop film­ing and it took about two hours to re­solve.’’ Bouris did not name the cul­prits but he did re­veal that Syd­ney PR hound Roxy Ja­cenko took no pris­on­ers in her quest to climb above the pack. ‘‘Roxy ruf­fles a few feath­ers,’’ he says. Con­tes­tants on the third sea­son of Celebrity Ap­pren­tice in­clude Jeff Fenech, Dawn Fraser and Stephanie Rice. There is more board­room ac­tion this se­ries and Bouris of­ten re­minds the celebri­ties why the show ex­ists. ‘‘This is about rais­ing money for char­ity and not about them­selves,’’ says Bouris, who does not get paid to make the show. Un­like bil­lion­aire Don­ald Trump, who thrives on his role as the boss in the orig­i­nal US ver­sion, Bouris has only one rea­son for en­joy­ing fir­ing the celebri­ties. ‘‘We raise mil­lions for char­ity and that’s a big deal for me and that’s what they (the celebri­ties) have to get their heads around,’’ he says. ‘‘There’s no money in this for me.’’

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT Celebrity Ap­pren­tice: Tues­days, 8.40pm, Nine, NBN.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.