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Why Lisa Curry was left red-eyed

Nicholas Falconer

SUNSHINE Coast swimming legend Lisa Curry has revealed why she was away during crucial moments in a Celebrity Apprentice challenge which last night saw her booted off the high-rating TV show.

The mother and author posted on Facebook that she was in the Northern Territory speaking as a keynote speaker at three business conferences.

During the episode, Lisa is shown to suddenly leave her team and catch a cab, explaining something had come up.

But according to Lisa, it wasn't exactly like that at all.

"The show knew about this before I signed up. Not a problem for them or me,'' Lisa said.

"They were very accommodating and I thank them for that.

"There was nothing I could do about it except do my best with the one day of the challenge.

"I flew the "red eye" special from Darwin to Sydney and straight to the challenge on barely any sleep.

"I know it wasn't ideal, but that was my "real" job. No wonder my eyes were red.... eyedrops anyone?''

During the episode, a clearly upset Lisa said she was 'set up' by the team's creative director Jason Coleman who was put in charge of organising the entertainment and wow factor of the showcase of P&O Cruises.

She said she made six to eight phone calls, asking for palm trees and other items to set the scene.

The fitness freak, motivational speaker and author described Jason as like an 'uncoachable athlete' who could not be told what to do.

A teary Jason Coleman claimed he was set up, saying he had been true to his family name, acting with integrity and standing up for what he believed in.

"I work off energy all the time. I am an intense guy. All I was doing was backing up my informed, show business opinion.''

Lisa said Jason failed to listen to her advice on the use of entertainer Shannon Noll and was obviously trying to upset her.

"He was pushing me and pushing me. I knew what he was doing and I was not buying into it.''

"He is definitely manipulative and he is a control freak.''

The third member of the team, AFL star Shane Crawford supported firing Lisa, saying she was the project manager and failed to put her foot down with Jason.

After being evicted, Lisa said she was upset that her integrity had been questioned. "I don't like that at all.''

Across Coast Facebook and Twitter sites, support certainly seemed more on Lisa's side than Jason's.

"You did great Lisa,'' regular Daily blogger Jeff Watson wrote.

"Unfortunately your early absence from leading and taking control in this challenge allowed Jason the leeway he needed to set you up and he did it to perfection.

"Some of the celebrities have shown their true colours in a bad way, but you should be very proud of the way you conducted yourself...''

"Thanks for all your support everyone,'' Lisa replied to posts of encouragement.

"Boo Hoo.... I'm upset that I didn't win $$$ for the Heart Foundation but I did raise just over $26,000 for charity.

"I loved every minute of it - well,,,, nearly.

"Just help others, and be nice to others, it ain't rocket science!

"Now...back to the real world!''

What do you think? Should Lisa be brought back and Jason fired? Leave your comments below.

Topics:  celebrity apprentice lisa curry pauline hanson


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