Bryce says his team’s tardiness was caused by Apprentice production crew

On last week’s Apprentice 5, project manager Bryce was booted, and one of the reasons Donald Trump gave was because his team was late to a meeting with executives at Arby’s. Bryce tells TV Guide that it literally wasn’t his fault.

“To be 100 percent honest, it’s because production held back our van,” he says. “We had to do some interviews and stuff before we could actually leave the suite, which was quite frustrating. It’s tough always waiting for the cameramen. It’s not ‘real,'” he told the magazine. Part of that, apparently, was his fake excuse; he told the executives that he wasn’t really sure what time they were supposed to meet, and that his team didn’t know how to plan travel time in Manhattan.

Bryce doesn’t blame the editors or producers; he says “production did a great job overall. The editing, quite frankly, is accurate. They can only use what you give them, so that’s reality, but in terms of how the actual projects go down, it would never happen that way in the real world. They have to get approval wherever we go and get the cameras inside the vans before we even get in the vans.” As TV Guide points out, “it’s an even playing field, since the other team has to deal with the same obstacles.”

As to his decision to bring Lenny and Lee into the boardroom, Bryce has no regrets. “This is my 15 minutes and I’ve got to live the rest of my life with whatever I say on the show. I know who I am and I’ll do what I want,” he says. “I’m not a yes-man like Bill.”

The Apprentice’s Bryce Cries Fowl [TV Guide]