The Apprentice is slammed as 'racist' as Lord Sugar fires an ethnic minority candidate for the THIRD week in a row - with some viewers claiming they will boycott the show
- The third episode of the BBC One's The Apprentice saw Souleyman Bah sacked
- Para athlete followed fellow axed contestants Shahin Hassan and Kenna Ngoma
- Some social media users criticised Lord Sugar's decision yesterday as 'racist'
- But others defended the decision and said it was nothing to do with race
Viewers have claimed The Apprentice is 'racist' after Lord Alan Sugar fired a candidate from a black and minority ethnic (BAME) background for the third week running.
The third episode of the BBC One show saw Souleyman Bah - the last remaining black candidate - sacked over his 'negative' attitude during a task to design the next hit children's toy for ages 6-8.
The visually impaired para athlete, 20, from London, followed in the footsteps of Shahin Hassan in week one, and Kenna Ngoma, who went home in last Wednesday's show.
Social media users criticised Lord Sugar's decision last night as 'racist', suggesting Souleyman, Hassan and Ngoma didn't deserve to be axed from the show.
A spokesperson for The Apprentice told FEMAIL: 'Which candidates return to the boardroom at the end of a task - and are therefore in the firing line - is determined by being on the losing team, and the project manager of that task deciding to take them back into the boardroom.
'The candidate's performance both on the task and in the boardroom are then key to Lord Sugar’s decision.'
Sacked: The third episode of The Apprentice saw Souleyman Bah fired over his 'negative' attitude during a task to design the next hit children's toy for ages 6-8
Sent packing: Souleyman followed fellow axed contestants Shahin Hassan (pictured left), who was fired in week one, and Kenna Ngoma (pictured right), who was sacked in week two
Social media users criticised Lord Sugar's decision yesterday as 'racist', suggesting Souleyman, Hassan and Ngoma didn't deserve to be axed from the show
However, several viewers rushed to defend the British businessman's decision calling the fired candidates 'incompetent' and 'shocking'.
The accusations come after the 72-year-old compared the Senegalese World Cup football team to beach sellers in Marbella, in a controversial tweet last year.
Souleyman, who made history as the first disabled contestant on the programme, was dismissed by Lord Sugar after his team's Tommy The Turtle toy and viral video failed to ignite interest from two major clients during Wednesday's episode.
The 20-year-old, who has degenerative condition Retina Pigmentosa, was hauled back into the boardroom with team leader Riyonn Farsad, 30, and Lottie Lion, 19, before being fired.
Souleyman, who made history as the first disabled contestant on the programme, was dismissed by Lord Sugar (pictured) after his team's Tommy The Turtle toy and viral video failed to ignite interest from two major clients during Wednesday's episode
the decision to let Souleyman go has sparked uproar from some viewers, who took to Twitter to brand the show and Lord Sugar 'racist'
But the decision to let Souleyman go has sparked uproar from some viewers, who took to Twitter to brand the show and Lord Sugar 'racist'.
'The Apprentice yet again! Are they f****** joking. Three weeks and three people of colour gone. Souleyman was not the one to blame. Apprentice, Alan Sugar is 100 per cent racist!', one wrote.
Another said: 'Okay, I called Lord Sugar a racist as a joke last week but after this week, am I sure I'm joking?'.
'Isn't it weird that the only three minorities in the process got fired in the first three weeks? Won't watch anymore! Unconscious racism much?,' a third added.
However many viewers suggested that race had nothing to do with Lord Sugar's decision
The inaugural episode of the new season of The Apprentice saw chartered engineer Shahin Hassan, 36, axed from the show.
Ice-cream manufacturer Kenna Ngoma, 24, was given his marching orders by Lord Sugar during the second episode after a task to create unique and premium ice-lollies became his downfall.
Despite all three of the candidates being from a BAME background, many viewers suggested that race had nothing to do with Lord Sugar's decision.
Lord Sugar tweeted this picture of the Senegal team, edited to include handbags and sunglasses laid out on sheets last year. The picture is from November 2014, when Senegal beat Egypt 1-0. Back row (from left) are 6 Salif Sane, 9 Mame Biram Diouf, 2 Papy Djilobodji, 5 Papa Kouly Diop, 3 Serigne Modou Kara Mbodji and 1 Bouna Coundoul. Front row (from left) are 17 Idrissa Gana Gueye, 12 Stephane Badji, 8 Cheikhou Kouyate, 10 Sadio Mane and 13 Cheikh Mbengue
One person said: 'Surprise surprise usual lot claiming racism is why Souleyman was fired. I was hoping he'd get another chance but it was a fair decision'.
Another insisted: 'I'm sure ability and competence were the main reasons', and a third wrote: 'They deserved to be fired due to being shocking contestants'.
Last year, Lord Sugar faced a storm of criticism over a controversial tweet in which he compared the Senegalese World Cup football team to beach sellers in Marbella.
Despite calls for him to be sacked at the time, The Apprentice star and business mogul kept his job after deleting the 'joke' and apologising.
He admitted the tweet was 'misjudged' and his 'attempt at humour has backfired', saying he was 'very sorry'.
The Apprentice continues next Wednesday at 9PM on BBC One.