‘It’s not Love Island!’: The Apprentice contestants ‘to be strictly chaperoned by bosses as they desperately try to prevent racy liaisons during filming’
The Apprentice bosses are set to reportedly increase the number of minders in the contestant’s house in the upcoming series in a bid to stop competitors having sex.
An inside source revealed: ‘Lord Sugar has always hated the idea that some of the contestants might be getting together behind the scenes while filming.’
You’re fired: The Apprentice bosses are set to reportedly increase the number of minders in the contestant’s house in the upcoming series in a bid to stop competitors having sex
They continued: ‘This isn’t Love Island. To him, the process should be solely about business. The latest batch of contestants face stricter monitoring than any past group.
‘Staff have been tasked with ensuring contestants keep their eyes on the prize and not on each other,’ they added.
Participants may allegedly even face being sent home from the competition if they’re caught romancing.
MailOnline has contacted BBC representatives for comment.
‘This isn’t Love Island’: BBC bosses will up the number of chaperones to prevent flings between business partner hopefuls in the rental house that they share (pictured)
The decision to tighten surveillance for the 16th series comes after the previous season of the show was embroiled in scandal when contestants Lottie Lion and Lewis Ellis became romantically involved.
The pair slept together while on a business trip to Finland, after getting to know each other in the house over the previous weeks.
And it was announced last month that the latest series of the show would scrap trips abroad for business challenges due to Covid-19.
Show bosses will be unable to let candidates travel the globe for challenges because of ongoing travel restrictions.
Scandalous: The decision action plan comes after contestants Lottie Lion (pictured) and Lewis Ellis became involved in the previous season of the show
A source speaking to The Sun claimed: ‘This is another hurdle the producers have had to jump as Covid-related restrictions are still in place.
‘Although lockdown in Britain is easing, that’s not the case in other countries. It’s a real headache.’
Lord Alan Sugar confirmed that The Apprentice will not be returning to TV screens until 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic.
The hit BBC One show was scheduled to return for a 16th series in 2020, but was postponed owing to the global health crisis.
BBC bosses are now in the final stages of casting for the season and are set to start filming the show in July.
Week away: Lottie and Lewis (pictured) slept together while on a business trip to Finland, after getting to know each other in the house over the previous weeks