BBC bosses faced pushback from annoyed listeners after a Radio 4 presenter reassured Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh she ‘had nothing to apologise for’ with regards to her remarks about the royal family.
The 60-year-old actress revealed that she thought the monarchs were ‘terrribly white’, sparking anger from audience members.
She reportedly made comments about the Buckingham Palace balcony on Coronation Day while adding her two cents during a live ITV broadcast over the historic weekend.
Following Adjoa’s appearance, Twitter flooded with opinions and slated the star for supposedly making attempts to ‘try to backtrack’ on her ‘racist’ statments as heard on the conmmentary programme.
On Sunday she sat down with Radio 4 and explained herself following the apparent backlash online.
The Netflix series regular shared: ‘I think I upset a few people yesterday I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end.
‘And I suddenly went “oo it’s so white” – because the day had been so so mixed. I didn’t mean to upset anybody, I just was..’
She was interrupted by broadcaster Paddy O’Connell who said she need not ‘apologise’ and added: ‘You haven’t upset anyone.’
The radio host became the centre of a Twitter storm as listeners shared their views on his interjection during the live show.
One penned: ‘Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh has just tried to back track on @bbcradio4, about her comment that the Buckingham Palace balcony was “terribly white”.
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‘And then the presenter Paddy O’Connell tells her that she’s got nothing to apologise for. Please don’t speak for me! [sic] .’
Another wrote: ‘Paddy O’Connell is an enabler. Where is the impartiality @BBCRadio4? [sic] .’
‘It’s bad enough that someone can get away with saying that on national TV. But when she said on BBC Radio 4 ‘I didn’t mean to upset anybody’ Paddy O’Connell came out with ‘You haven’t upset anyone’.
‘Which sums up the BBC’s attitude perfectly [sic] ,’ was a social media user’s response to the comments made.
The outrage online followed a host of complaints made to Ofcom about the initial incident first aired on ITV.
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