The Apprentice UK is being rocked by a bullying scandal after Marianne Rawlins claims she was left “close to tears” by her co-star Ryan-Mark Parsons after being branded “ugly” while on the show.
According to The Sun, Marianne claims Ryan-Mark compared her to the character from the American film White Chicks, which sees FBI agents dress as women to go undercover. The 36-year-old American said the insult hurt her so much she was “close to tears”.
“Marianne was absolutely furious and upset when she was told what Ryan-Mark had said about her, a source told the tabloid. “She didn’t hear it directly. But several of the other candidates heard what he said, it got back to her and she was really shocked and angry.”
The incident in question took place at the luxury mansion where the contestants stay during filming for the show. The entire ordeal allegedly sparked a massive row resulting in Marianne refusing to speak to Ryan-Mark again.
“For Ryan-Mark to attack the way Marianne looked in such a way was completely out of order. Marianne was really upset and close to tears about the whole thing,” the source added. “She may come across as tough on the show and she can handle herself. But she has feelings too and was really hurt by it all.”
The Apprentice UK airs Wednesdays at 9 pm on BBC One.