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A CANDIDATE on The Apprentice claims she suffered racist bullying during this year’s series.

Shazia Hussain, 40, spoke out ahead of the BBC show’s final on Thursday.

Shazia Hussain claims she suffered racist bullying during this year’s series


Shazia Hussain claims she suffered racist bullying during this year’s seriesCredit: BBC
Shazia claims she made complaints against 3 other hopefuls


Shazia claims she made complaints against 3 other hopefulsCredit: Instagram

She said her hell began after she came up with a giraffe called Yogita for a pre-school cartoon, under a theme of diversity and inclusion.

Some in her team took issue with the character’s name and felt kids could not pronounce it.

Shazia said: “I felt exposed to aggression because of it. I think it was racist.”

Her team won the task but the Yorkshire businesswoman said: “After the episode, I feel I was verbally abused by some of the candidates.

“They (the BBC) brought in a diversity specialist to talk to everyone but I feel nothing changed. The teams were also rearranged but I feel the bullying continued.

“I feel like I was bullied and harassed to the point that I asked to leave the house. I feel like the BBC have failed me.”

Shazia revealed she lodged a complaint against three candidates but heard no more of it.

She said she believed she was fired after the fifth task “because it was easier to take me out of the situation”.

Shazia — who also suffered racist abuse from online trolls — concluded: “I believe the BBC had a duty of care towards me which they neglected to fulfil.”

A spokesperson for The Apprentice said: “The Apprentice has a zero-tolerance policy on any kind of bullying or threatening behaviour.

“As soon as Shazia raised a concern an investigation was conducted and she received in-person support from senior members of the production team. 

“The Apprentice has a strict code of conduct and we take all complaints very seriously and investigate when needed.

“As a result, when action is required, we take it.

“Throughout the process there is always somebody on hand to deal with any concerns including five members of the production team who live in the house with the candidates during filming. 

“If anyone wants to leave the house or the process, candidates are free to do so at any time.

“Since the beginning of the process, Shazia, along with all other candidates, has been, and continues to be, offered extensive and ongoing support, in all aspects of welfare (including managing social media), from BBC and the production company. Duty of care to all our candidates is our highest priority and the support offered to candidates before, during and after is paramount.” 

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