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Reggie Yates Has Stood Down From "Top Of The Pops Christmas" Following A Jewish Slur

"I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes, and that there is no context which would justify such remarks," the presenter said in a statement.

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Reggie Yates has stood down from presenting this year's Top of the Pops Christmas and New Year specials, following remarks he made on a podcast while promoting his autobiography.

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A host of Top of the Pops since 2003, Yates has been a rising star at the BBC, getting into documentaries on BBC Three and travelling to countries like Russia to report on the rise of far-right nationalists and the lives of young LGBT people.

Earlier this year, Yates was a guest on the Halfcast Podcast. During a discussion about grime artists, Yates said: "The thing that makes it sick about this new generation of artists is that they aren't signing to majors, they are independent."

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The comments no longer appear on the podcast, but according to the BBC, Yates added: "They're independent, they're not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from northwest London, they're managed by their brethren."

Yates apologised for his comments last month, and apologised again yesterday in a statement he tweeted, saying that he will stand down from hosting the BBC music 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 which 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.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the BBC said: “We take these issues very seriously and Reggie is in no doubt about the BBC’s view of his comments.”

Scott Bryan is a TV editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London. Contact this reporter at: scott.bryan@buzzfeed.com

Contact Scott Bryan at scott.bryan@buzzfeed.com.

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