Bouris steps in as tempers rise
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.