A student from Cornwall who is appearing on Channel’s 4 reality show The Bridge: Race To A Fortune came under fire on Twitter for saying she’d never had any money problems – but then choosing to take cash instead of helping her team mates.
Lotti O’Brien is studying journalism at City University of London but decided to put her name forward for the reality competition. This year’s series sees 16 contestants take on the challenge of building a bridge across 1,000 feet of water in just 12 days in the islands of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. The contestants are divided into two teams – North Beach and South Beach
Season 2 of the Channel 4 show is presented by AJ Odudu with adventurer Aldo Kane overseeing the challenges. The prize pot has risen from £100,000 to £200,000 this year and whoever reaches the money first can decide whether they keep it for themselves or they split it with their teammates.
In last night’s episode, Lotti, from Newquay, and Crystal were faced with a moral dilemma. The pair were sent off and given the chance to split £10,000 or take 10 anchors back to their team to help with their bridge.
As they set off, Lotti could be heard whispering: “Oh God, what have we let ourselves in for?”. Meanwhile, teammate Keira, who was left behind, said: “I would say Lotti’s my left-hand girl, this is the longest we’ll have been apart. We also stand outside the toilet while the other one goes so without her there I don’t know how I’m going to cope.”
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Faced with the decision of whether to pocket the cash or do what was best for the team, Lotti admitted on camera that she’d “always been fortunate to never have to worry about money”. However, she went on to say “my gap year was completely ruined by Covid”. She added: “If I won a large cash prize it definitely would go towards the gap year that I didn’t have.”
The pair eventually decided to take the money and liar Lotti quickly concocted a story to tell the others about what they did with their time. She told Crystal they could tell the others: “We got offered money to choose one of you to be eliminated. We thought it was best to leave the money to keep everyone in it. That’s a simple one to keep the lie up.”
She added: “That’s not a complicated lie is it?” before remarking, “I have a very good poker face”. Crystal replied by saying “I’m sold!” However, when Lotti asked her fellow contestant if she could keep a secret, Crystal replied: “I’ve got quite a big gob, that’s the only problem.”
But viewers weren’t impressed with Lotti’s plan to pocket the cash. Some took to Twitter to mock her for admitting that she’d never had any money problems – and then complaining that her plans had been scuppered by the pandemic.
One user tweeted: “Posh bird should give Crystal all the cash then, as she just said she doesn’t really need it.” While others used even less endearing terms to describe her, posting: “When someone says their gap year was ruined by Covid you know they’re a [expletive].”
Someone else joked sarcastically: “No idea what this programme is about but I feel for Lottie. Can’t believe Covid ruined her gap year.” Although another fan tweeted: “Take the £5,000 each and have a gap year!”
Lotti is the youngest on the show and was just 20 years old at the time of filming. The majority of the contestants are between their late 20s and 30s, with the oldest being 52-years-old.
The Bridge: Race To A Fortune is on Channel 4 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10pm and online here.
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