Ant and Dec apologise for ‘impersonating people of colour’ on Saturday Night Takeaway

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Ant McPartlin, 44, and Dec Donnelly, 44, have taken to Twitter to apologise for “impersonating people of colour” after using blackface in Saturday Night Takeaway episodes.

The presenters said they were sorry in a statement, which they shared with their 6.8 million followers this evening, and added that historic footage of the duo portraying blackface has now been wiped from ITV.

The duo previously used make-up to impersonate Japanese girls and played two Jamaican women in infamous sketches from their ITV show.

They said: “During past episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway we impersonated people of colour in the undercover segment of the show.

“We realise this was wrong and want to say that we sincerely sorry to everyone that was offended.

“We purposely stopped doing this several years ago and certainly would not make these sketches today.

“We had already taken steps to ensure footage was taken down and have again recently confirmed with ITV that these segments, and any other historical content, that could cause offence, does not appear on either the ITV Hub or the Saturday Night Takeaway YouTube channel.”

Ant and Dec previously took part in Blackout Tuesday to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd’s death.

Their post read: “Today we stand in solidarity with the global community challenging racism, inequality and injustice in our society.”

It concluded with the hashtags: “#BlackLivesMatter #TheShowMustBePaused.”

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