Apprentice runner-up Ruth Badger has criticised the current contestants on the hit BBC1 show – saving most of her scorn for ‘all mouth and no trousers’ Tre.

The 29-year-old, who lost the battle for the £100,000 job to Michelle Dewberry in the 2006 series, described this year’s contestants as a ‘weird bunch’.

The Badger launched an attack on current Essex boy contestant Tre Azam, 27, telling New! magazine she would ‘crush him” and ‘smack him’ if he worked with her.

The former Apprentice star also revealed: “I hate watching myself on television. After watching some episodes of The Apprentice, I was physically sick.

“They made me out to be an aggressive Kathy Bates (star of Misery) wannabe.”

She said of the contestants on this year’s third series: “They’re a weird bunch. Us lot used to argue but you never saw us going, ‘Get out of my space’.

“That’s not business. If Tre was in my business, I’d crush him within a minute. I’d smack him. He’s all mouth and no trousers.”

The former Apprentice star, who has landed a Sky One series Badger Or Bust, added that Sir Alan Sugar told her he was excluding her when he criticised the calibre of last year’s intake.

The ego has landed!