People Are Calling Out ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ For Not Firing Martha Last Night
On last night’s Celebrity Apprentice, Martha Kalifatidis escaped her third boardroom firing and it’s got viewers wondering: would she still be safe if she wasn’t a popular Married at First Sight star?
Martha led the Fun-Raisers on Sunday night’s episode as team leader, in a challenge where each team had to design a range of swimwear for Budgy Smuggler. Given that about a third of Martha’s Instagram fed is sexy swimwear snaps, you’d think she would be perfect for this challenge. But ooft, what a mess.
Martha made a lot of mistakes. Worst of all was not choosing Camilla Franks — and actual fashion designer — to be one of the designers. She corrected this eventually, but the team lost a lot of its prep time. This was time that could have been put into the runway show, which was a disaster and the reason the Fun-Raisers failed the task.
Anthony and Shaynna were both in charge of the event, so when it came to Martha choosing who to bring into the boardroom with her, they were easy pickings. In the boardroom, it was Martha Vs. Anthony — and it was dramatic!
— jennybr5 (@jennybr5) May 30, 2021
I never asked to see a feud between Martha from MAFS and Anthony Callea play out but I’m not mad about it. #CelebrityApprentice
— Tara Watson (@tara_watson_) May 30, 2021
Martha and Anthony accused each other of basically the same thing: not doing enough to contribute to the challenge. Martha said that because the event was Anthony’s responsibility the blame lied with him, while Anthony rejected this claim, telling Lord Alan Sugar that he didn’t get any direction from Martha, so she failed as the team leader.
Most people on Twitter sided with Anthony and said it was Martha’s time to go:
Surely Martha has to go. #CelebrityApprentice
— Michael Byrnes (@MichaelByrnes) May 30, 2021
— Ashlee (@_itsashleeee_) May 30, 2021
However, Martha didn’t get fired. She escaped Lord Sugar’s pointed finger, even though this was the first time Anthony was called into the boardroom and it was Martha’s third. In fact, every time Martha’s team has failed, she has been brought in as the team leader’s weakest link.
Lord Sugar made the wrong call there. Martha should have got the arse #CelebrityApprentice
— Simon Phoenix (@LJewstein) May 30, 2021
How is Martha still in. Should have gone first up! #CelebrityApprentice
— Jason Hunter (@jayrdrie) May 30, 2021
How did Martha survive that? #CelebrityApprentice
— Nikki (@NiKKi_E13) May 30, 2021
It’s hard to know exactly what Lord Sugar was thinking when he fired Anthony instead of Martha, but it hasn’t sat right with many viewers. So far, fired contestants have been sent home for a lot less than Martha’s many missteps. For example, Olivia Vivien was fired last week for her weak leadership skills in a restaurant challenge, despite the fact that the main reason they lost the task was that Martha (the head chef) hadn’t cooked the dumplings early enough. In this case, the team leader was fired while the person responsible for the task fail was saved.
Would the fact that Olivia is one of the least famous celebs in the cast have anything to do with Lord Sugar’s decision? Hmm, choices.
There’s no denying that Lord Sugar’s judging is inconsistent and some fans suspect that Martha is being protected by the producers:
Getting really boring when there’s obviously bias in the firings and they are not due to performance. Tonight it was clear that Martha had to go. I mean her leaving Camilla out of design on its own is enough reason #CelebrityApprentice
— CrisaA (@OstNa) May 30, 2021
Enough to make me stop watching. Clearly Martha has been saved again for entertainment and ratings purposes #CelebrityApprentice
— carolynk (@carolynk1965) May 30, 2021
There’s some real Martha bias going on and I don’t like it #CelebrityApprentice
— 🐀 (@AwaeKgee) May 30, 2021
Martha staying is proof it’s in her contract. #CelebrityApprentice
— Merryn Porter (@Merryn_Porter) May 30, 2021
Here's a tip for the new players, if you are the only one sitting in the room without a contract with Channel Nine….you are probably going home #CelebrityApprentice
— Colonel Kickhead (@colonelkickhead) May 30, 2021
Lucky for Martha, she has a fourth chance to save herself.