Viewers of The Apprentice were left fuming as the series ended with Lord Sugar hiring both finalists, with many calling it “a cop out”.
For the first time in the history of the BBC show, the business tycoon struggled to make a decision over the winner, so crowned both James White and Sarah Lynn.
Unimpressed viewers said they were angry that it had ended with a draw after they had invested so much time in watching the series.
“WHAT THAT’S RIDICULOUS. What a waste of time!!!!!! Fuming,” said one disgruntled viewer on Twitter.
One person tweeted: “IS THIS A JOKE?! Don’t call them finalists if you just give it to them both. Im actually livid I just wasted an hour of my life on that episode.”
Another snapped: “What a joke! Lord Sugar absolutely bottled it! The whole point of the show is there is one winner! How can they both win!! #furious #TheApprentice #whatajoke #ruined2017.”
Another annoyed fan called it “a waste of 10 weeks”, and one moaned: “What a cop out. It’s meant to be a contest, with a winner, nobody wants a flippin’ draw. Historic? Do us a favour.”
Some fans even felt they deserved to have their licence fee returned.
“Dear BBC please may I have my license fee back #TheApprentice,” posted one.
Another tweeted: “ABSOLUTELY FUMIN’ @Lord_Sugar Gimmie the last 12 weeks and my licence fee back if you have that much money to spare.”
Winners White, who runs an IT recruitment firm, and Lynn, who owns a confectionery company, were both given £250,000 by Lord Sugar when he decided they would both win.
The decision took the businessman’s total investment this series to half a million pounds.