Wednesday, 15 July, 2020

Reggie Yates pulls out of presenting Top of the Pops Christmas special!

Reggie Yates has resigned from hosting Top Of The Pops Christmas specials after making ‘ill-considered remarks’ in a podcast interview.

Reggie Yates has announced he’s dropped out of co-presenting this year’s Top of the Pops Christmas and New Year specials over comments made in a podcast which have been branded anti-Semitic.

Reggie apologised last month after he referred to managers in the music industry as a “fat Jewish guy”.

Speaking to DJ Chuckie Lothian in an episode of Halfcast Podcast, Reggie said: “The thing that makes it great about this new generation of (music) artists is that they ain’t signing to majors.

“They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren.”

Shortly after the incident, Reggie released this statement: “I’m hugely apologetic for this flippant comment.”

However, Reggie has now taken to Twitter to release a statement regarding the BBC show: “On a recent podcast, during a discussion about grime artists, I made some ill-considered remarks which have hurt many people.

“I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes, and that there is no context that would justify such remarks.

“My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel, and I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended.

“This has been, and continues to be a huge learning experience for me, and on reflection I have taken the decision to step down from hosting Top Of The Pops this year.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “We take these issues very seriously and Reggie is in no doubt about the BBC’s view of his comments.”

Reggie was due to host the special with Fearne Cotton for Christmas.

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