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John Ibrahim copped chop for Celebrity Apprentice
January 18, 2012
NOTORIOUS Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim was being considered for a position on the latest season of Channel 9's Celebrity Apprentice.
Confidential has been told the nightclub entrepreneur made "an initial shortlist" for Nine's successful for-charity series before being cut later in the casting process.
No stranger to the network, Ibrahim is long said to have been consulted by Nine's lawyers in the lead-up to the premiere of Underbelly: The Golden Mile in 2010 -- in which he was controversially portrayed by Firass Dirani -- to avoid any defamation suits.
Yesterday a spokesman for Fremantle Media, the producers of the program, did not deny Ibrahim was among the crop, ambiguously saying they began with a "diverse" group of "notable" candidates before culling the list. "We start with an incredibly diverse list of notable Australians and work our way through it until we feel we have the perfect cast," they said yesterday.
Our sources are adamant that Ibrahim had been a strong Apprentice contender.
"It's not like (Ibrahim) went along to an audition, but he was definitely in contact with them about it. In the end they decided that (Ibrahim) was not hitting the market and (Apprentice) primarily is family-based," a source said.
Interestingly, Ibrahim's good mate Charlotte Dawson was eventually chosen, with producers seemingly deciding on more flamboyant characters than last year's first season.
She joins other outspoken names like David Hasselhoff, AFL loudmouth Jason Akermanis, former Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson and comedian Fiona O'Loughlin.