The woman who turned down the chance to win 'The Apprentice' and bag a £100,000 job with Sir Alan Sugar has been fired from her real-life job, it was reported today.
Katie Hopkins stunned Sir Alan and her fellow contestants in last week's programme when she turned down his offer of a place in tomorrow's final.
She has now been fired from her £90,000 job with The Met Office following revelations about her private life since she left the show, according to the Daily Mirror.
The paper said Ms Hopkins, from Exeter, plans to take The Met Office to a tribunal over the decision to fire her from her job as a marketing consultant.
Her spokeswoman told the paper: "Recently the Met Office has become uncomfortable with the volume of media coverage she was attracting and in particular the many articles about her private life, which also happened to reference her place of work. She intends to appeal."
Sancha Lancaster, spokeswoman for the Met Office, said: "Katie was on a one-year probation like all new entrants and was constantly being assessed on performance, conduct, time-keeping and attendance."
Ms Hopkins, a single mother of two, claimed before entering the television contest that she was an "alpha female and a ruthless natural leader with a huge drive".
She impressed Sir Alan, who offered her a place in the final but she chose not to take him up on it because of concerns about looking after her children.
The businesswoman has since spoken out about her relationships with married men and with one of her colleagues at The Met Office.
'The Apprentice' final will see pharmaceutical sales manager Kristina Grimes, 36, originally from Co Wicklow, and entrepreneur Simon Ambrose, 27, from London, battle it out for the top prize.