The Apprentice embroiled in race row as BBC responds to shock allegations

18 October 2019, 10:37

The BBC has denied allegations of racism on The Apprentice
The BBC has denied allegations of racism on The Apprentice. Picture: BBC

All three of the fired candidates on this series have been from BAME backgrounds

The BBC has denied that The Apprentice is 'racist' following backlash from viewers over Lord Sugar's choices of fired candidates.

Shahin Hassan, who left in week one, Kenna Ngoma who left in week two and Souleyman who got fired this week are all from Black And Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds - and many viewers have accused the show of racism.

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Following Wednesday night's show, one person tweeted: "Unconscious bias or totally racist #3 out of 3 BAME... #Apprentice".

Souleyman became the third candidate to be fired on Wednesday's show
Souleyman became the third candidate to be fired on Wednesday's show. Picture: BBC

Another added: "Watched the Apprentice last night, am I being cynical or is it looking racist that its 3 weeks in a row now that a person of colour has been fired???"

However, the BBC have hit back against these accusations and argued that it's the candidates performances that put them at risk.

A spokesperson told The Sun: "Which candidates return to the boardroom at the end of a task – and are therefore in the firing line – is determined by being on the losing team, and the project manager of that task deciding to take them back into the boardroom.

"The candidates' performance both on the task and in the boardroom are then key to Lord Sugar's decision."

Lottie Lion was also accused of racism earlier on in the series
Lottie Lion was also accused of racism earlier on in the series. Picture: BBC

This controversy comes after contestant Lottie Lion was embroiled in a race-row after reportedly referring to co-star Lubna Farhan as "Gandhi".

"It is not true that I would ever be racist," Lion told PA news agency of the allegations.

"My use of the word Gandhi was misinterpreted, it was as candidates in the group chat had been quoting Gandhi previously.

"The comments were taken out of context, and I ask the public not to make judgment without knowing the full context. At the moment, I would like my focus to be on the show, and I'm not interested in negative media attention."

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