Wippa calls Celebrity Apprentice highly edited: ‘I never said that’

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Celebrity Apprentice star Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli has slammed the most recent episode of the reality show for being highly edited.

Chatting on his Nova 96.9 radio show Fitzy & Wippa, the 41-year-old revealed that parts of his lines were edited together.

Josh Gibson, Ross Noble and Wippa in the Celebrity Apprentice boardroom.
Wippa has made it to the final five on the show, alongside Josh Gibson, Ross Noble, Martha Kalifatidis and Shaynna Blaze. Photo: Channel Nine

Wippa couldn’t partake in last night’s task after telling his teammates Ross Noble and Josh Gibson that he had the stomach flu.

However, it turns out the radio host actually said something completely different in real life.

“Last night there was an edit that was done on me where it made it sound like I was saying I had Gastro,” he said. “I never ever said I had Gastro.”

“In fact, I said ‘they said it could be Gastro, I don’t have Gastro’.”

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Wippa then played a snippet of the TV audio on his radio show, which had edited his lines together to make a fake plot-point.

“There’s three grabs there: ‘I’m pretty sure’, ‘I have’, ‘Gastro’. Three different bits,” he said.

Wippa during a Celebrity Apprentice confessional.
Wippa says that producers edited three different audio clips together on the show. Photo: Channel Nine

The reality TV star then went on to say that another part of the episode was edited out during the children’s sleepover task.

Wippa revealed that Ross Noble had organised for J.K. Rowling to send autographed Harry Potter books to each kid in attendance, but it wasn’t shown on TV.

“I don’t know why it didn’t make it to air,” he told his co-host Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald. “Isn’t that extraordinary?”

Camilla Franks speaks out

Camilla Franks crying.
Camilla says that Celebrity Apprentice is “not really reality TV” after a number of events were edited out. Photo: Channel Nine

Recently eliminated contestant Camilla Franks also spoke out about the competition show, saying “it's reality TV but it's not really reality TV”.

As well as organising Delta Goodrem to make an appearance at the fundraising event, the fashion designer planned a second celebrity cameo that didn’t air.

“They cut out Olivia Newton-John coming and doing a call in from LA,” Camilla said on the Today show.

Fighting for a worthy cause

Wippa made a whopping $180,000 in the premiere episode for his charity, the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.

In an exclusive chat with Yahoo Lifestyle, he said that taking home the win from the first challenge “meant the absolute world”.

"I wanted it more than anything in the world and it'll go down as one of the great days in my life. It was just so important to me to win that money for the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation.”

The foundation is named after Cooper Rice-Brading, a junior elite athlete who passed away at just 17 from an aggressive and rare osteosarcoma (bone cancer).

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