Reggie Yates steps down from hosting Top Of The Pops after making anti-Semitic comment during podcast interview

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates were due to present Top Of The Pops togetherReggie Yates sparked controversy after making an anti-Semitic comment[Getty]

Reggie Yates apologised after referring to music managers as the “fat Jewish guy”.

During Halfcast Podcast talking to DJ Chuckie Lothian, he 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, he said he was “hugely apologetic” for what he said.

But he has now issued a statement saying he will no longer host Top Of The Pops on the BBC.

“On a recent podcast, during a discussion about grime artists, I made some ill-considered remarks which have hurt many people,” he tweeted to his 608k followers.

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates were due to present Top Of The Pops togetherFearne Cotton and Reggie Yates were due to present Top Of The Pops together [Getty]

“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.”

Reggie Yates has stepped down from presenting Top Of The PopsReggie Yates has stepped down from presenting Top Of The Pops [Getty]

Reggie was due to present the show alongside Fearne Cotton.

After making the ‘offensive’ anti-Semitic comment, he said in a statement: “I am hugely apologetic for this flippant comment. It was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I’m aware that this could have been interpreted that way and for that I am also deeply sorry.

“What I was actually trying to say was how proud I am of the new generation of artists making their success independently on their own terms and without giving away control or their rights to major labels

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

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