The Apprentice fans have been left completely stunned after candidate Shannon Martin made the shocking decision to quit only two episodes in to the 17th series of the hit BBC show.
The bridal boutique owner, who hails from West Yorkshire, told Lord Alan Sugar she couldn't continue on with the show's incredibly tough journey and dropped out of the competition before the infamous boardroom scenes began.
This series has already had a dramatic start with the launch seeing the hopefuls whisked away to Antigua by Lord Sugar.
Emma Browne was then the first contestant to be fired after the girls lost the first challenge, a travel-based task that involved selling excursions and using their tourism know-how.
In episode two, the competition intensified further as the teams were told to create, market and sell Bao buns.
While the girls got off on the right foot with their creations, the boys had a meltdown, and at one point Lord Sugar's aide Tim Campbell even stepped in to try and help.
So it came as even more of a surprise when Shannon decided it was the end of the line, as the girls later ended up winning the task.
Viewers shared their thoughts about the unexpected twist on Twitter, as one person wrote: "I think that it's an endorsement that she didn't want to be in a toxic environment. #TheApprentice
Another fan cried: "NOT SHANNON QUITTING #TheApprentice."
A third posted: "Huh?!? As if she left voluntarily! #TheApprentice #Apprentice"
While a fourth viewer shared: "I’m guessing she got sick of all the bickering in the girls team. #TheApprentice."
Explaining why it was the right decision to leave when she did, Shannon admitted she'd already been having some doubts over whether she should take part in the competition.
“But when you’re given such an amazing opportunity, you’re not ever going to turn that down, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime that I’m forever grateful for," she said. "But I’m a perfectionist, I need to know what’s going on all the time and not being able to know how things were going on at home or what was happening at work was really hard for me.
"The unknown is definitely not something I’m good at. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘Am I in here for the right reasons? Do I really want a business partner? Is this what I want? Do I want my life to change?’" the candidate continued. "And it really made me realise I love my life, I love the team and I love everything about my life.
“I knew that I could potentially win the show, and did I really want to win and have my life completely changed? No, I didn’t. I wasn’t in there for the right reasons," the bridal shop owner added.
It's not the first time someone has opted to pull out of The Apprentice rather than await Lord Sugar's now iconic "You're fired" in the boardroom.
The nail biting scenes are horrific for the candidates, as they fight each other to keep their opportunity to become Lord Sugar's next business partner.
In the 16th series, which aired in 2022, Shama Amin announced she was quitting the series due to worries over a health condition.
Ahead of her appearance on the show, she described herself as one of the most "successful businesswomen in the early years sector" as a children's day nursery owner, but unfortunately her plans had to be cut short.
Shama explained to Lord Sugar that due to suffering from chronic joint condition rheumatoid arthritis, she was struggling too much with the physical elements of the show.
The candidate said that while she knew the BBC production team had done all they could to support her, she had decided to make the "difficult decision" to pull out anyway.
The Apprentice continues Thursdays at 9pm on BBC One.
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