There are many uncertainties for viewers as they make their way through an episode of The Apprentice.
Which team will win the trying task? Will Lord Alan Sugar laugh at anyone’s attempt at making money? Which unfortunate candidate will be fired?
While some things can take a turn in any direction, many things are a certainty.
Such as the fired candidate donning a scarf on the way out from the shared Apprentice abode.
One person wrote on Twitter: “Still can’t work out why all the fired candidates leave with a scarf everytime? #TheApprentice.”
While another pondered: “#TheApprentice please explain? Why does fired person always leave in scarf and overcoat whilst back at the house everyone’s in shorts?”.
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Another curious viewer joked “Are they told when they get fired they must come out in the tightest scarf?” while others asked if it as a departing gift from the crew.
Well, the real reason is a lot less jolly.
It’s because, like so much of television, it’s all an illusion.
According to The Sun, the ‘leaving the competition looking all sad and gutted’ scenes are all filmed beforehand.
So before any of the candidates enter the boardroom to meet their potential business partner, they’ve already played out their exit.
They wear the big coats and scarfs as they film ahead of time in the studios, and then put them back on in taxi to record when they’re actually asked to leave to make it seem seamless.
What a way to begin the series!
But this isn’t the only aspect of the BBC One show that’s recently been exposed as fake.
The boardroom office is another fake aspect of the show, too.
Sadly, they’re not filmed in Lord Sugar’s real office at all, which is actually in Essex.
And you wouldn’t be blamed if you thought Canary Wharf was the actual location.
It’s actually a filming studio in Acton. The Radio Times reported the BBC explained that “a lot of cameras are needed” and “the director needs to work from a gallery”.
Even the receptionist is a actress, too.