But when she insisted that she would appear in the final no matter how she succeeded in the show's task, the producers at US network NBC refused to hire her. Though 41-year-old Mills headed the list of celebrities they wanted for the programme, she was told that her services were not required. "The network were originally very keen on getting her involved," the Sun quoted an NBC source as saying.
"They thought it would be a clever move, attracting lots of publicity for the show. "But her demands were ludicrous and it soon became clear that getting her involved would be a headache. "It was the final straw when she said she wouldn"t take part unless she was a dead cert for the final - even after it was explained that wasn't how the show worked.
"She was politely informed that NBC wouldn't be following up their interest in her appearing," the source added. The show mirrors The Apprentice in the UK and features billionaire tycoon Donald Trump in Sir Alan's starring role. The new series starts filming in a fortnight, and goes on air next January.