The Apprentice's Souleyman steering clear of Lottie Lion after 'racist' claims

The Apprentice's Souleyman steering clear of Lottie Lion after 'racist' claims

Since being fired from The Apprentice last night Souleyman Bah has lifted the lid on the racism claims made against Lottie Lion.

Lottie, is reportedly being investigated by show bosses over claims of racist comments towards a fellow contestant.

The 19-year-old wannabe entrepreneur is alleged to have told 33-year-old Lubna Farhan to ‘shut up, Ghandi’ in an argument in the group WhatsApp.

Lottie has adamantly denied being racist, homophobic or transphobic, but following a complaint from a fellow contestant, Fremantle Media are reportedly now looking further into it, according to The Sun on Sunday.

‘We are currently looking into the circumstances regarding a complaint,’ a spokesperson for the team has said. has contacted The Apprentice and the BBC for further comment.

Speaking exclusively to, Souleyman said he’s happy the production company are doing something about the claims.

He said: ‘I am just happy that there’s finally been a formal investigation into it, my main concern was that nothing was being done about it but I think it’s good that the production company are looking into and will hopefully come to a conclusion.

‘I haven’t spoken to Lottie directly and to be honest I wouldn’t want to either but I want to as much as I felt affected by it I wanted to pull myself away from it because it was quite negative and the show is supposed to be positive so I want to focus more on that.’

On Wednesday night’s show the candidates got to have a bit of fun with their challenge as their project was to design and make a toy for a six to eight-year-old child.

However, when it came to Souleyman’s team, nothing went to plan and they failed the task.

Having been diagnosed with Retina Pigmentosa at age six, the 20-year-old said during the challenge that he felt ‘picked on’ by his fellow teammates and ‘undermined’ by Lord Sugar because of his disability.

He said: ‘I don’t know why they used my valid points and twisted them to get me fired.

‘When I did get fired Lord Sugar said to me that it was “brave” of me to come on the show as a “big leap of ambition”. I felt really patronised by that comment because having a disability people say that to us every day like, “Oh, you’re so brave” and I just felt that undermined everything I had done.

‘I was picked from 70,000 people and made it to the final 16 people. I felt very belittled and patronised and he has never said that to anyone before so I thought that was unfair.’

It all came down to Riyonn Farsad, Lottie Lion and Souleyman Bah in the boardroom at the end of the task and Lord Sugar didn’t hold back.

The Para-Olympian said he both felt confused and shocked that he got fired by Lord Sugar and that ‘it shouldn’t have been him’.

He added: ‘I thought I was the only one who had any sense in what was wrong with the product, it was an unfortunate case of “I told you so” although I can’t tell them that because I am fired.

‘I think what confused me was usually when you’re fired, it’s when you’re the leader if the task and the reason the task failed was that the toy wasn’t right for the demographic.

‘We were told that all along, at our target audience meeting, by John Lewis and Hamley’s Toy Shop. We were told it by everyone and I said that right from the beginning and no one chose to listen to me and that is why we failed.’

Souleyman went on to explain who he thought should have been fired instead of him.

He added: ‘The people responsible for the toy was Thomas and his team because they made the toy, and Riyonn because he was the project manager.

‘He has made toys in the past but for some reason, he completely detached himself from the project and he just wanted to have fun on stage in front of the camera and that’s unfortunately where I got picked on, despite me making credible points about the product.

‘Tommy or Riyonn should have been fired because they were the ones put in charge.’

The Apprentice continues Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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