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Ant and Dec have apologised for impersonating people of colour on Saturday Night Takeaway.

The duo hid their serious identities with darker make-up and prosthetics in buy to pull pranks on renowned people.

In a assertion on Wednesday, they claimed they were being “sincerely sorry” and experienced requested ITV remove the 2003 and 2004 sketches from its catch-up company.

Their apology follows common Black Life Subject protests, in the US and the Uk, around the loss of life of George Floyd.

“In the course of past episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway we impersonated people of colour in the Undercover segment of the present,” they wrote in a assertion.

“We realise that this was erroneous and want to say that we are sincerely sorry to absolutely everyone that we offended.”

They included: “We purposely stopped undertaking this quite a few years back and absolutely would not make these sketches today.”

The presenting pair dressed up as two fictional Jamaican ladies, Patty and Bernice, through a segment in 2003, and as two Japanese women, Suki and Keiko, the 12 months immediately after, adopting faux accents.

In January, Ant and Dec won their nineteenth consecutive presenting award, at the Nationwide Television Awards.

But it’s not the very first time this 12 months that they have experienced to apologise for creating cultural offence on their primetime weekend present.

In March, they equally wore headbands that showcased the Japanese Rising Sunlight flag – witnessed by some as a image of Japan’s imperialist past – through a martial arts encouraged overall performance together with pop singer Anne Marie.

Their most up-to-date apology comes just times immediately after the BBC taken off the well known comedy Minimal Britain from streaming web sites thanks to objections resurfacing pertaining to some of the sketch show’s equally out-of-date people.

On Wednesday, BBC director typical Tony Corridor claimed creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams experienced agreed with the determination.

“We are constantly looking at what we have in our archive and thinking, is it however suitable?” Lord Corridor instructed BBC Radio 4 Entrance Row.

“Instances transfer on. Without a doubt I think David and Matt, who designed the programme, felt that periods experienced moved on as very well. It was acknowledged by them. So we’re constantly holding this less than evaluate, and that is why the determination has been designed.”

‘Acceptable at the time’

Having said that, Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden claimed he would not have taken off the sequence, which was originally broadcast among 2003-2008.

“The BBC have editorial independence, and it would not have been my alternative, but that is up to the BBC,” he instructed ITV’s Robert Peston. “I’m not going to second-guess them all the time.”

Requested about the sketches in issue last November, Walliams instructed BBC arts editor Will Gompertz that blacking up was satisfactory at the time – but it was “possibly the suitable thing” that people do not do it any additional.

“It was satisfactory at some stage about 15 years back simply because loads of other comedians were being undertaking it at the time, and now it’s become unacceptable yet again,” he claimed.

“It was unacceptable, then it was satisfactory, then it was unacceptable yet again, so it’s really interesting how that has shifted. I do not exactly know why, but I think it’s good that people categorical what they want to see and what they do not want to see – it’s properly reasonable.”

Previous 7 days, comic Leigh Francis issued an psychological apology for possessing designed himself up as black stars in the noughties impact present Bo’ Selecta.

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