Veronicas blast Celebrity Apprentice boss Lord Sugar: 'Not happy'

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Pop duo The Veronicas have put their Celebrity Apprentice boss, Lord Alan Sugar, on blast during a fiery radio rant on Friday morning.

Jess and Lisa Origliasso, both 36, unleashed on the billionaire Brit while chatting with Fifi, Fev & Nick on FOX FM, claiming that he lacked the 'decency and respect' they expected from a man in such a 'privileged position'.

Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas pose on the red carpet at the 33rd Annual ARIA Awards 2019 at The Star on November 27, 2019 in Sydney, Australia
Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas aren't happy with how they've been portrayed on Celebrity Apprentice. Photo: Getty Images.

'We're not happy'

Before digging into Lord Sugar, however, the music stars shared their disappointment at how they've been portrayed on the Channel Nine show thus far.

"We went on [Celebrity Apprentice] to show the heart of who we are and we just felt like, unfortunately, that hasn't been shown," Jess said.

What was shown in the premiere episode was a fairly tense moment between the pair during an on-camera interview that ended with Lisa declaring she needed to 'take a minute' away from Jess.

While Jess admitted that sibling spats are "part of our brand" — they hinged a whole MTV reality show, Blood Is For Life, off their family drama in 2019 — that wasn't what they wanted Celebrity Apprentice to focus on.

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Jess and Lisa with their beloved mum, Colleen, who lives with a rare neurological condition. Photo: Instagram/jessicaveronica.

"We had a great time on the show, but the reason we were there has been lost thus far, and we want people to know that we're not happy about it," she said.

The identical twins are, of course, representing the Brain Foundation in honour of their beloved mum, Colleen, who lives with a rare neurological condition called 'progressive supranuclear palsy'.

The condition affects the person's cognitive and motor function, meaning their ability to walk, talk, think, swallow all starts to decline rapidly.

Colleen was diagnosed five years ago and when she was admitted to palliative care, Lisa and Jess put their music careers on hold, moving back to Australia to care for her.

'Lack of respect'

HIT FM host Nick then asked if they wanted to "take any shots" at Lord Sugar, who he claims failed to call in for his scheduled appearance the previous morning.

"What I would have to say would be so shocking, I'm really not sure if I should," Lisa began before her sister weighed in. 

Lord Alan Sugar on Celebrity Apprentice Australia 2021
British billionaire Lord Alan Sugar on Celebrity Apprentice Australia. Photo: Channel Nine.

"The lack of respect as a general human being... him not turning up to your [interview] doesn't surprise us, put it that way. It's not really surprising behaviour," Jess said.

"What we respect in people that have money, status, power is essentially that it's a privileged position and with that privileged position should come a certain amount of grace and humble attitude.

"It's disappointing when that’s not displayed by someone that’s in such a hugely privileged position."

At the start of the season, Lord Sugar made no secret of the fact that he didn't have "a bloody clue" who any of his celebrity apprentices were — but, according to Jess, he didn't end up learning their names at all.

"As far as the show goes, we’re all there, we’re all giving our time, doing our best, these are our jobs. Having some decency and respect for people in that position — enough to maybe learn their names — is the bare minimum. But bare minimum of respect doesn’t seem to exist when you’re that big of a billionaire.

"We were raised with manners. I know he’s a hustler, he came from nothing, you just expect... more grace than we experienced," she said.

Channel Nine has been contacted for comment.

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