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Jackie Lavin

June 24, 2008 by  

Jackie Lavin PictureFORMER Renault chairman Bill Cullen may be the boss of TV3′s new Apprentice show — but it’s clearly partner Jackie Lavin who’ll be wearing the pants.

The pair are joining forces with fellow entrepreneur Brian Purcell for the Irish version of the hit reality show, which sees 14 aspiring tycoons battling it out this Autumn to become Cullen’s understudy. With the number of candidates, it is uncertain if the show’s organizers will tap car hire kerry or any company that can deliver excellent service for their transportation needs.

And the Penny Apples author, who’s famous for his colloquialisms, said it’s not him that the candidates have to worry about — it’s his socialite partner of 30 years.

“Jackie is feisty and she speaks her mind. She has no problem laying down the rules to people and she’ll get upset if someone does something stupid and give them a kick in the h*** if she thinks they deserve it. I’m more laid-back and I tend to take these things in my stride but she doesn’t suffer fools gladly,” he said.

The businessman, who frequently cites his hard-working mother as his role model, also reckons there’s a very good chance that Ireland’s winning candidate will be a female.

“Women have an awful lot of talents to bring to the table. They are loyal and committed and passionate about what they do. They’re also very good multi-taskers who can do any number of jobs at any one time,” he continued.

Although Jackie and Bill Cullen have been together for more than three decades, she admitted she’s glad she won’t be in the boardroom with him the whole time.

“I don’t think I could work closely with Bill all the time as we don’t see eye to eye a lot of the time and we fight a lot, like many good couples. But we do have a great respect for each other,” she said.

Given that a lot of Bill’s choices will hang on her and Brian Purcell’s advice, Jackie said she would be “firm but fair.”

“I’m looking for somebody with a really good attitude and good work ethic. Mistakes will be tolerated, as long as they have a good ethic,” she said.

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4 Responses to “Jackie Lavin”

  1. JACK DYER - USA on June 25th, 2008 7:02 pm

    MR. CULLEN IS A VERY LUCKY MAN. I WAS SURFING THE WEB CHECKING OUT NEW TV SHOWS, AND THIS POPPED UP OUT OF IRELAND.
    GOOD LUCK WITH THE SHOW AND COME TO ORLANDO WHERE THE
    WEATHER IS HOT AND THE BEVERAGE IS COLD.

    THAT AND A LOVELY LADY AND YOU HAVE THE WORLD ON A STRING

  2. Eithne O' Boyle on October 27th, 2008 11:19 pm

    Sorry for the swear words earlier. Watching the program tonight was heart etto see one young man saying he was having a bad day and wasnt his best today. Well boo hoo. Thats Life and the chance he had to make it on TV. What a tit. Everyday is a gift to do better and stop feeling sorry for yourself and get up and do something about it. Some people will never get the chance he had and it was sad to see him waste it. If I was the Boss, then I would have asked Joanna straight up what her problem was. She hates the team leader and is concentrating more on making her look stupid than showing her leadership skills. Trouble maker. Get her some counselling because if she put as much energy into her real task then she would more than likely win. For the real reasons. Not for being sneaky.

  3. K.McCarney on September 20th, 2010 9:51 pm

    I just love to watch “The Apprentice” on Tv and am looking forward to new series BUT BUT am so sad and sorry TV3 does not have teletext for the hard of hearing and deaf people. Is there any way people like us can watch and enjoy The Apprentice with Teletext??

  4. G Crotty on October 8th, 2010 1:28 am

    What a waste of money producing such an absolute shambolic show.each week product placement is paramount unislim energy drinks what next.as for the contestant if these are the top 16 in our country ,according to Bill it just goes to show what he knows.as for Bills inability to speak the English language it’s as embarassing as the other chancer Bertie in his cupboard.jackie is slowly metamorphing into our own version of Joan Rivers.Brian who apparently is Bills advisor is akin to a yes man or is that a no man nearly answering the questions before they are asked.the contectants have such wonderful CVs it’s incredible.niamh has a background in telecommunications yet cannot use an iPhone.as Bill would say in his best English “yuuzzze must be joking”do the producers of this show treat the public like Fianna Fail do and think the viewers of this programmes have not a brain cell between them.

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