The sports and health reporter defeated athlete John Steffensen, marketing businesswoman Roxy Jacenko and boxing champ Jeff Fenech.
Boss Mark Bouris had to choose between ‘Steff’ and ‘Steffo’ after a charity challenge in which all four helped Don Bosco House.
Rice won $100,000 for her favourite charity but offered $10,000 towards causes supported by 4 former Apprentice contestants who walked away without any money for their charities. It was a generous offer.
The third season has been criticised by former contestants who have questioned the show’s tactics in putting its participants through the wringer, just for the cameras.
Brian Mannix told News Limited, “It wasn’t fun at all. If you like arguing, cracking the shits and being a bitch then you’d love it but I found the whole experience a bit morally bankrupt.
“I had issues with some of the moral standards of the show.”
Peter Everett later told news.com.au, “I was staying with some friends in Sydney and honestly, I was coming home saying ‘please don’t make me go back there, please don’t make me go back’.
“I was severely depleted, I was getting sick and trying to pull energy out of nowhere and added with the emotional side, it was hard core. I’m not used to it.
“I was sitting in front of Mr Bouris for most of the boardrooms thinking please, please, please sack me.”