TOTP presenter Reggie Yates steps down after making anti-semitic comments

Clara Amfo replaces Reggie Yates on Christmas Top of the Pops

Radio 1's Clara Amfo will replace Reggie Yates in Top Of The Pops after his 'ill-considered' Jewish slur

Amfo will co-host two one-hour Christmas and New Year editions of the iconic music show, alongside Fearne Cotton.

After presenting Top of the Pops since 2004, it must be shocking and a little upsetting for many to see him leave, but undoubtedly, it's impossible to ignore his comments.

Now Reggie Yates has stepped down as host of Top Of The Pops, with the long-running chart show set to return for some holiday specials.

He wrote: "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 that would justify such remarks", the statement continued.

"I'm so happy and honoured to be presenting Top of the Pops alongside Fearne", she said in a statement.

He made "ill-considered remarks" in a podcast interview.

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Reggie had been due to host the special Christmas TOTP edition with Fearne Cotton, but BBC bosses have chose to draft in a replacement. Clara and Fearne will be a formidable duo!'

He has decided not to participate in the festive "TOTP" specials following his recent appearance on a podcast in which he bigged up the current generation of new artists for being "managed by their brethren" rather than some "fat Jewish guy".

The London-born presenter - who shot to fame on the Channel 4's Desmond's aged eight - apologised soon after and said he had not meant to reinforce stereotypes with his "flippant comment".

A BBC radio personality resigned after making offensive and anti-Semitic comments on a show last month.

He clarified the message he was trying to get across: "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".

Back on the presenting front, he joined forces with Fearne's best pal Holly Willoughby to co-host The Voice in 2012 and 2013.

The Christmas Day edition will feature stars including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and The Script.

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