Axed contestant Aaron Willis vehemently denied the allegations of bullying during his time on The Apprentice. It has been reported that three contestants on the BBC show were ‘clearly annoyed’ during unwanted scenes from the show – which the BBC strongly denies
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The Apprentice and Aaron Willis have denied reported allegations of bullying on the set of the BBC programme.
The channel has stated that it is “completely untrue that the scenes were edited” to exclude the alleged “fire scenes”.
It was reported that contestant Aaron, 38, had caused several other contestants to shed tears during unwanted scenes.
Former RAF member Aaron has strongly denied claims he was ‘acting out of proportion’ when trying to impress Lord Alan Sugar in the latest series of The Apprentice.
Aaron has spoken out after it was alleged that a contestant was upset following a heated argument with Aaron during the baby food challenge, which aired on Thursday.
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It is also said that the other two contenders, were ‘shocked’ after the girls’ team beat the boys in the opening mission of the series.
A source told The Sun that some of Aaron’s contenders ‘felt bullied’ and that “the three of them were obviously very upset.”
Aaron has stated that he finds the claims disappointing and said his behavior has always been consistent with clear guidelines laid out in the show.
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“These accusations have no basis and I find it disappointing that someone has decided to make these statements now and in such a public manner,” he said in a statement.
“Conversations may have gotten heated during the process, but that doesn’t mean my behavior didn’t follow the clear instructions given by the manufacturer.”
A BBC program spokesman added: “The well-being of all our candidates is paramount and we have a duty to put care processes in place to support them.
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“It’s clearly not true that the scenes were edited to cover up the bullying allegations.”
There has been a change from The Apprentice’s usual format this year after a surprise double layoff would see only four candidates pass the interview stage, instead of the usual five.
Sir Lord Sugar said he had no choice but to knock out both Aaron and contestant Akeem Bundu-Kamara after a disastrous week.
Akeem was sacked on Thursday night, although not a losing team, as Lord Sugar decided to give him the boot ahead of the interview stage.
Aaron also got the boot, after leading his team receiving zero orders on a mission where the teams had to develop a new baby food.
It leaves an all-female roster for the final rounds, with Stephanie Affleck, Brittany Carter, Kathryn Louise and Harpreet Kaur all hoping they have a winning idea to become the mogul’s new business partner.
This year’s final of The Apprentice will air on BBC One at 9pm, Thursday 24/3.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/apprentices-aaron-slams-claim-bullied-26453146 The Apprentice's Aaron says he 'bullied' his co-stars and made them cry in front of the camera