Sugar not so sweet on bully journo

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THE Ap­pren­tice guru Alan Sugar stormed out of his own board­room and ac­cused a BBC Ra­dio 4 re­porter of “gut­ter jour­nal­ism” after he was ques­tioned about be­ing a “BULLY”.

The ex­change be­tween Lord Sugar and To­day business re­porter Justin Rowlatt left lis­ten­ers stunned dur­ing an in­ter­view to mark The Ap­pren­tice’s 10th an­niver­sary.

The BBC had been in­vited to quiz Sugar at his Es­sex HQ but min­utes into the chat the ty­coon ex­ploded.

Rowlatt, 48, asked Sugar: “Do you think there’s an is­sue for you per­son­ally, be­cause you’ve got a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing frank speak­ing and ac­cu­sa­tions have been made a num­ber of times, to the point of be­ing bul­ly­ing?”

Sir Alan, 67, replied: “Do you know I’ve got hun­dreds of em­ploy­ees here who work for me be­cause they en­joy work­ing for me. We don’t bully peo­ple here.”

As Rowlatt con­tin­ued his line of ques­tion­ing, a clearly rat­tled Lord Sugar told him: “You’re a gut­ter jour­nal­ist pick­ing up that crap and I’m not hav­ing it… I’m off.”

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