The Apprentice isn't on our screens this year, which means no one will be going into business with Lord Sugar.

But it also means that a bunch of overconfident candidates won't be sent packing in the back of one of those taxis.

While a dozen have gone on to work for Lord Sugar or become his business partner, the majority have been given the firing finger in the boardroom.

They were forced to endure painful put-downs and acid tongue-lashings before hearing the immortal words: "You're fired!"

While some took rejection hard, others vowed to prove Lord Sugar wrong and have gone on to have great success, while a fair few landed themselves on Celebrity Big Brother.

There was also a tragic unexpected death that led to floods of tributes from viewers and Lord Sugar himself.

Here's what happened to some of the most memorable fired candidates on The Apprentice.

Stuart Baggs

The Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs
Stuart Baggs was the ultimate The Apprentice contestant

Stuart Baggs is perhaps the most legendary candidate in the history of The Apprentice.

Then aged just 21-years-old, Stuart became famous for his hilarious one-liners and boastful quotes about his pedigree as a businessman, including: "Everything I touch turns to sold."

Dubbing himself Stuart Baggs "The Brand", the series 6 hopeful was so confident that he once put nothing in his suitcase when going into the boardroom.

"I’m not a one-trick pony, I’m not a ten-trick pony, I’m a field of ponies waiting to literally run towards this," was his most genius ever line.

He also said: "If you give me 100 grand in one year I will make 10 times that, and if I don’t I’ll give it back to you. Take it back. Money back guarantee."

Stuart Baggs
Stuart (far right) was a dominating force in the boardroom

Eventually, Lord Sugar ended up firing Stuart after the interview process when he discovered he was "full of s***".

The series was won by Stella English - and Stuart went back to his home on the Isle of Man to continue running his company Bluewave communications.

He claimed The Apprentice had made him “the most unemployable person in the whole country".

Stuart was tragically found dead in his home in July 2015 at the age of 27 after suffering from an asthma attack.

Lord Sugar labelled him "one of the standout characters" of the show as he sent his condolences to Stuart's friends and family.

Stuart tragically passed away

The Apprentice also paid tribute to Stuart during the first episode of this year's Best Bits series.

Looking back, Lord Sugar said: "He could talk. He could talk the hind legs off a donkey which was quite amusing. He actually made me laugh for once in the boardroom.

"Stuart was one of our most memorable characters and regretfully he’s passed away, but he’ll never be forgotten. What a great character."

Karren Brady called him a "single minded, go-getter", adding: "There were times, the things he said you couldn’t have a response because they were just so incredible to hear."

Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins needs no introduction

Not many words need to be said about this one.

The most famous name on this list, Katie Hopkins actually turned Lord Sugar down in series 3 and left the competition after being offered a place in the final.

Having risen to fame as a reality TV villain, Katie sprang forth from the show to become an opinionated media presence with increasingly 'extreme' views.

In 2007 she delved into more reality TV, appearing on I'm A Celebrity and then finishing second place on Celebrity Big Brother in 2015.

Hopkins was hired by The Sun in 2013 and caused outrage when she compared immigrants sailing over the Mediterranean to "cockroaches".

Katie Hopkins, former candidate on The Apprentice
Katie became an outspoken media personality

After leaving the paper she joined Mail Online as a columnist - where she incorrectly stated two Muslim brothers who were banned from boarding a flight to the US had links to Al-Qaeda.

She wrote: "Just because Britain’s border security is a Mickey Mouse operation you can’t blame America for not letting this lot travel to Disneyland – I wouldn't either."

The newspaper had to issue an apology, pay damages and cover their legal costs, and Katie left by mutual consent a year later.

She was sued for libel in 2017 by author Jack Monroe, and applied for an insolvency agreement in order to avoid bankruptcy after losing her case.

Hopkins was forced to cough up £24,000 in damages, as well as pay £107,000 of Jack's legal costs.

She put her luxury £1 million Devon mansion on the market to recoup some of the money, but then filed for an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA) to manage her crippling debts.

"I was forced to sell [the house] for £950,000 in early 2018 to pay off a legal bill in excess of £500,000," she told The Sunday Times.

Katie was banned from Twitter earlier this year

Katie was reported to Met Police after she called for a "final solution" in the wake of the May 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack, tweeting: "22 dead – number rising. Schofield. Don’t you even dare. Do not be a part of the problem. We need a final solution Machester."

A Met spokesman said at the time: "We can confirm that a complaint has been received. As is routine, the allegation will be reviewed and assessed by specialist officers."

The police did not take any further action.

Her radio show at LBC was promptly pulled when it was announced by station bosses that Hopkins would be leaving "immediately."

In 2018 she was detained in South Africa for 'spreading racial hatred' and had her passport confiscated at the airport.

Hopkins was back in the UK the next day, and wrote: "They detained me under section 29(1)(d) of South Africa’s Immigration Act — which bans: 'A member of or adherent to an association or organisation advocating the practice of racial hatred or social violence.'"

Then in June this year, Katie was permanently banned from Twitter for her "hateful conduct".

Twitter stated: "Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us - abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken."

Andrew Brady

Andrew did not go into business with Lord Sugar

Andrew Brady was fired in a brutal triple sacking during the 2017 series.

He caused some controversy with his 'sexist and disrespectful' remarks about women's football.

Speaking to camera, he said: "I don't have a filter. I speak before my mind catches up. Ultimately it is who I am so if you don't like it lump it."

The it emerged that, despite the sex ban in The Apprentice house, he had slept with fellow candidate Anisa Topan.

Just weeks after being fired, Andrew entered the Celebrity Big Brother house - and was the sixth housemate to be evicted.

Andrew Brady was engaged to Caroline Flack

Andrew was engaged to Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, but they split in late 2018.

After her tragic death at the start of the year, Andrew wrote an emotional statement about the "terrible tragedy".

Andrew said: "I'm so sorry Caroline I tried. Christine I tried... she deserved better than this. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this Lewis. I am. I just wish I could have been better. I love you Caroline flack and I think I always will. Rest in Peace Carrie. I love you x."

Andrew now lives in Australia - where he has been since he broke up from Caroline at the end of 2018.

Ruth Badger

No-nonsense Ruth Badger was a firm favourite during the second series of The Apprentice, gaining a legion of fans for her  take-no-prisoners approach in the boardroom.

Many viewers felt feisty Ruth was 'robbed' when she was beaten into second place by winner Michell Dewbery.

The runner-up went on to have her own consultancy firm, Ruth Badger Consultancy Ltd, and runs North West Money, which provides finance for homeowners.

That wasn't the last we saw of Ruth on TV.

She was part of Sky One's The Big Idea in 2006, which gave budding entrepreneurs the chance to show their inventions with a £100,000 prize fund.

Ruth then became the star of her very own Sky One show in 2007, Badger or Bust, where she used her sales expertise to help failing businesses turn round.

Luisa Zissman

The Apprentice 2013
Luisa was the runner-up on The Apprentice in 2013

Luisa made waves during the 2013 series of The Apprentice, was narrowly beaten to Lord Sugar's investment by Leah Totton.

Although she claimed on several occasions that her three business were worth £1.5 million in total, The Independent valued them at just £194.

The baking company owner then entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in January 2014, finishing in fourth place.

"I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, the sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Albert Einstein," said Luisa.

Luisa went on Celebrity Big Brother

Luisa and her first husband, Oliver Zissman, divorced in 2014 - and she spoke about having treatment for sex addiction in the CBB house.

She married Irish businessman Andrew Collins in 2015, with whom she has two daughters, and another daughter from her previous relationship.

During her time in the CBB house she became close friends with Sam Faiers - making appearances on her ITVBe show The Mummy Diaries - and the pair do regular charity work together.

Luisa now hosts a successful podcast series with presenter Anna Williamson called LuAnna.

She's really good friends with Sam and Billie Faiers

Luisa landed in hot water earlier this year when she was accused of 'racism' after her furious rants about China and the coronavirus.

She launched a scathing attack on the Chinese government and even claimed they should pay for the economic losses linked to the pandemic.

"I'm really f**king angry at the Chinese, I've been reading online and everything f**king generates from them and their filthy wet markets with their inhumane animal practises," she ranted.

"And what the f**kers do there is frankly disgusting."

Speaking to her 553,000 Instagram followers, the mother-of-three questioned China's "disgraceful, illegal wildlife trade" and accused the country of being the origin of several other diseases as well as COVID 19.

"The Chinese government should be made to pay for it. It's their fault," she continued.

Luisa later insisted her remarks were not racially motivated, but she caught a lot of heat on social media from people slamming her generalisation of a whole country.

Phillip Taylor and Kate Walsh

Phillip Taylor and Kate Walsh back in 2009

Philip was best known for coming up with the bizarre Pantsman character – he even dressed up as the superhero to sell cereal

Philip struck gold with the Body-Rocka, a fitness product that he developed during an Apprentice task.

He turned it into a business, selling the product to Argos.

The former estate agent also had a relationship with fellow series 5 contestant Kate Walsh, who finished runner-up that year.

Unfortunately the pair, who lived together, split up in 2010.

Kate went into presenting on Channel 5′s Live From Studio 5 and OKTV! from 2009 to 2011.

But after dabbling in the showbiz world she went back to where she started and became the UK managing director of jewellery giant Pandora in 2018.

Saira Khan

Saira was runner-up in the first series

Another very successful runner-up, Saira just missed out on winning during the very first series of The Apprentice.

Ever since she has become a TV regular, presenting a number of BBC documentaries and co-hosting The Martin Lewis Money Show from 2012 until 2017.

Since 2015, Saira has been a popular panellist on Loose Women - and has not been afraid to speak openly about her private life and her two children.

Saira is now a Loose Women favourite

She entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2016 but was the second housemate to be booted out.

Last year, Saira took part in Dancing On Ice and finished in ninth place with pro partner Mark Hanretty.

She is also a popular Sunday Mirror columnist.