On the latest episode of The Apprentice, Shama Amin announced to Lord Alan Sugar and her fellow contestants that she had made the decision to leave the 2022 series due to her rheumatoid arthritis.
Devastating viewers with her announcement, she explained that ‘despite the efforts the whole team has made to support me’, she had found the programme too ‘physically demanding’, which is why she had ‘no choice but to make a difficult decision’ to exit.
With several fans saying that they thought Shama could have won the whole show, others questioned why she had to quit, with some asking whether ‘adjustments could have been made’ that meant she could continue.
‘Could adjustments not have been made to assist Shama?’ one person tweeted, while another wrote: ‘Heartbroken for Shama that she had to leave #TheApprentice due to her health condition. TV competitions should be #accessible too.’
‘It was a shame we wasn’t able to see if Shama was offered any or how much help before she had to quit #TheApprentice don’t adjustments have to be made for disabilities?’ another asked.
Following her departure, Shama emphasised that the production offered her a great deal of support, saying: ‘All I’ve got is praise for the whole team.’
When asked if she thought the production could have done more to help her, she replied: ‘I honestly could not have asked for them to do any more. They were so nice. If we had a break the team would be pulling me out a chair so I could get as much rest as possible.
She continued: ‘Honestly, they couldn’t have done any more. I understand we had a job to do, and we were there to make this show. I would have never expected them to try and accommodate 7 days rest period for me – this was the medical advice we were given, and I had to make that decision to let them carry on.’
The children’s day nursery owner recalled how the swelling she was suffering ‘started to get worse’ during the second task.
Then, when the participants had a day off, she knew that she had to make a decision about her future on the show when she was ‘struggling to get my shoes on’.
‘It was such a difficult decision, but the bottom line is my health comes first. It was very much a heart v head scenario but first and foremost, I’m a mum and after all this I would be going home to my children,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t push my body beyond its capabilities and risk being bed-bound and not fulfil that role [as a mum].’
Shama said that when making her choice, she spoke to her husband and the production, all of whom were ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘so supportive’.
‘It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was the right one and it was mine. Not once did anyone ever make me feel guilty,’ she stated.
‘Production offered me everything I could have asked for to help keep me in but always supported that it had to be my decision.’
Shama recollected how doctors came to see her, giving her the medical advice that she needed a week of rest.
However, the entrepreneur ‘didn’t want to let anyone down’, so that was when she decided to quit.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-term condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints.
The condition usually affects the hands, feet and wrists.
The Apprentice returns next Thursday at 9pm on BBC One and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.