Exclusive: The Apprentice candidates 'banned' from having WhatsApp group chat

The Apprentice contestants have been banned from group messaging each other on WhatsApp after Lottie Lion’s ‘racist’ text was revealed to the public.

According to recently fired candidate Kenna Ngoma, instead of keeping up to date with each other over the texting service, the 2019 intake have to reach out to one another over social media.

Kenna exclusively told Metro.co.uk that the group’s WhatsApp chat was ‘shutdown’ and no longer exists, going on to explain: ‘We just weren’t allowed to be honest.

‘We were being naughty to be honest. It’s fine [for us] to interact on social media, so we all just agreed to stay in contact on there.’

He added: ‘You can see on social media we’re always supporting each other, liking each other’s tweets, commenting. I’m friends with most of them.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted The Apprentice for comment. 

Kenna’s revelation comes just days after Lottie hit back at claims she’s ‘racist’ after messages from the WhatsApp chat were leaked online.

The 19-year-old hopeful was thrown into a media storm after telling Lubna Farhan – whose parents hail from Pakistan – to ‘Shut up Gandhi’.

Mahatma Gandhi led the fight for India’s independence from Great Britain in 1947.

According to The Sun, Lottie claimed she’d never spoken to a black person before, which Lubna debunked by sending a picture of the candidate with a friend alongside the dig: ‘I thought she’d never met a “black person”.’

‘Seriously f*** off Lubna before I f****** knock you out at our press training,’ Lottie wrote back.

‘Lubna I f****** swear if you disrespect me again I will f*** you up, you embarrassing failure of a businesswoman.’

Then she added: ‘Shut up Ghandi (sic) that doesn’t even make sense.’

Lottie released a statement via PA after the messages became public, which read: ‘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.’

On top of that, Kenna lifted the lid on behind-the-scenes antics between all the candidates.

‘The boys got on really well together I think. We had a camaraderie. We all got on,’ he said.

‘The boys got on with most of the girls as well, but the girls didn’t get on well with the girls.’

The Apprentice continues Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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