Former Apprentice star accuses show of "ruining lives"

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A former Apprentice candidate has criticised the editing of the show, saying that it "ruins lives".

Frances Bishop participated in last year's series, finishing third (behind finalists Alana Spencer and Courtney Wood). But she had a few less than glowing things to say about her time on the BBC One show.

Speaking to OK! Online, the business owner likened the show to "psychological torture" and said that contestants were largely powerless in controlling how they were being portrayed.

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"It's like the Hunger Games!" she said. "It's so stressful.

"Everyone is completely different from what you see in the show. They put you into a character, they write one for you, and that's what you'll come out like.

"The edit is horrific. The edit ruins lives. They don't show the whole decision-making process."

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Frances added: "There's a lot behind the scenes, and they deduct times on things.

"You can't go to certain shops that you want to. You have to go into a greengrocers. People don't see that side."

The 2016 series also featured Jessica Cunningham and Karthik Nagesan, both of whom eventually ending up on Celebrity Big Brother.

The Apprentice is gearing up for a brand new series coming later this year, with Lord Alan Sugar, Karren Brady, and Claude Littner all back in the boardroom.

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