The Apprentice’s Lottie Lion sparks fury as she is ‘let off’ after telling rival Lubna Farhan to ‘Shut up Gandhi’… as it’s revealed ‘FOUR contestants made complaints about remark’
- Candidates are ‘outraged’ Ms Lion has been ‘let off with a slap on the wrist’
- Contestants wanted her axed from future appearances, source previously said
- On Friday the BBC issued a statement condemning the Gandhi comment
- The contestant has said that her remarks have been taken out of context
Apprentice candidates are reportedly outraged that Lottie Lion has been ‘let off with a slap on the wrist’ after telling rival Lubna Farhan to ‘Shut up Gandhi’.
It is believed that at least four of the contestants complained about the remark which was allegedly made in the group’s WhatsApp chat, according to The Sun.
However they are now apparently furious that the matter hasn’t been taken further and a source revealed: ‘They see it is a totally fruitless investigation. Everyone thinks Lottie has got off the hook.’
Fury: Apprentice candidates are reportedly outraged that Lottie Lion has been ‘let off with a slap on the wrist’ after telling rival Lubna Farhan to ‘Shut up Gandhi’
They insisted: ‘The comments are totally out of order and racist. Yet she has been let off with a slap on the wrist.
‘There is a general feeling among those on the show the BBC don’t understand how offended people are — or just want it to go away.
MailOnline have contacted The Apprentice for comment.
The BBC told Ms Lion, a 19-year-old candidate on its show, that telling rival Ms Farhan ‘shut up Gandhi’ was ‘wholly unacceptable’.
Unimpressed: It is believed that at least four of the contestants complained about the remark which was allegedly made in the group’s WhatsApp chat to Ms Farhan (pictured), according to The Sun
Producers reported the comments, which were made after filming for the programme finished, to the broadcaster while investigating the incident.
The website’s source claimed that people may have been able to forgive her if she had admitted fault and apologised for the comment.
The show’s producers told the Sun that the appropriate course was being taken and it is being dealt with between them and the individual concerned.
Ms Lion has previously said that the comment was ‘taken out of context’ but the corporation issued a statement condemning her remarks on Friday.
‘Unacceptable’: The BBC told Ms Lion, a 19-year-old candidate on its show, that telling rival Ms Farhan ‘shut up Gandhi’ was ‘wholly unacceptable’ (pictured: Lottie, Jemelin, Lubna and Carina [left to right] have a disagreement on task in South Africa)
‘While this happened on a private messenger service once filming had concluded, the BBC nevertheless still expects the candidates to behave appropriately,’ the BBC said.
‘The production company have looked into the issue and reported back, Lottie has been informed that her comments were wholly unacceptable and is in no doubt about our view on this.’
MailOnline asked the BBC if any further action will be taken against Ms Lion, who is still appearing on the pre-recorded show.
Mahatma Gandhi led the fight for India’s independence from the British Empire in 1947 and was famed for his peaceful brand of resistance.
It comes after The Sun reported that Ms Lion’s fellow contestants want her axed from future appearances and the You’re Fired sister show.
As well as the messages sent on the group chat, it has also been claimed that Lottie made racist and homophobic comments during filming.
She is said to have referred to Ryan-Mark Parsons as the ‘short gay one’, while calling Riyonn Farsad ‘the tall gay one’.
Ms Lions was also accused of making derogatory comments towards transgender woman.
Denial: Lottie (pictured above) has denied that she is racist, transphobic or homophobic following the claims but a source said that contestants want her axed from future appearances
Tensions reached boiling point at the candidate house during filming, and one is said to have threatened to quit the show following ‘racist’ comments made by Lottie.
Filming of the show took place between April and June in north London and a show source last night reportedly told the Sun that contestants were told to ‘let it go’.
‘It was not taken seriously and basically swept under the carpet. But Lottie’s behaviour was outrageous.
‘She also made the homophobic comments, which were totally unnecessary. Contestants complained to producers in the house and asked them to look into it.’
Outrage: Contestants are said to have threatened to quit the show because of Lottie’s comments. She is pictured above during filming with Lubna
The source stated that producers would only leave when candidates had gone to bed and were aware of the comments being made.
They added: ‘The racism issue is a big one and it is going to blow up in the show and the BBC’s face. It is not going to go away and people are shocked with how it’s been handled.’
Lottie is said to have rebuked the claims and said they were ‘untrue’. But fellow candidate Souleyman Bah claimed ‘of course it’s true’.
Before filming starts on the show, contestants are made to sign a form which acknowledges that they will be kicked out for bad behaviour.
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