Lottie Lion was offered aftercare by BBC whilst on show
Ex-Apprentice candidate Lottie Lion was offered support by the BBC despite her claims she was left high and dry.
The aspiring business woman, who already leads an unusually lavish lifestyle of posh meals and events, was recently sacked from the show.
The 20-year-old former librarian was already proving a controversial character on Lord Sugar’s show, before the news broke of a ‘racism row’ and subsequent investigation by the BBC.
She later claimed she was banned from interviews and after-care treatment by the channel.
A spokesperson for the BBC told the Metro today that all the candidates that participate in The Apprentice are provided with support both during and after their time on the show.
Lottie was also offered the support but declined to take it.
“‘Lottie was informed by the production company that her comments were unacceptable,’’ the spokesperson further explained to The Metro. “The negative press coverage stemmed from Lottie’s language to another candidate, not the actions of the production.”
With some Twitter users likening Lottie to unpopular public figure, Katie Hopkins, she was accused of directing the comment 'shut up Ghandi’ at fellow Apprentice star Lubna Farhan.
Since being fired from the show last week, viewers have taken to Twitter to express their relief that she has left the show.
It has since been revealed she is now banned from any activities related to the show, such as interviews.
This comes amid claims from Lottie that she felt depressed after the racism row erupted, and was prescribed anti-depressants after she left the show.
The former candidate also took to her Instagram to speak about her time on the show and how grateful she was for the experience.
"I am closer to some more than others but each o them have taght me something. I am grateful for my place in the process, I broke records, became the youngest final five candidate in history, travelled and loved every moment,'' Lottie wrote to her followers.
"I have learnt so much about myself and my future. I have apologies to make, but more importantly, thanks to give."
She also threw her support behind the two finalists Carina Lepore and Scarlett Allen-Horton who will come head to head in tonight's episode.
It’s not the first time that stars of the show have spoken out about mental health issues after appearing alongside Lord Sugar. Loose Woman Saira Khan, who appeared on the show in 2005 experienced severe depression following her sudden fame .
The Apprentice finale will be aired tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
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