Top Of The Pops
Following "fat Jewish" managers comment...

Reggie Yates is to step down as host of Top Of The Pops following recent comments about "fat Jewish" managers in the music industry.

The actor and presenter made the comment during an interview on the #HALFCAST podcast, presented by DJ Chuckie Lothian.

"The thing that makes it great about this new generation of (music) artists is that they ain't signing to majors," he said on the show. "They're independent, they're not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they're managed by their brethren."

The comments immediately drew criticism, with Reggie quick to apologise. In a follow up statement the host said: "It was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I'm aware that this could have been interpreted that way and for that I am also deeply sorry."

"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."

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.

In a short statement he admitted that his words "reinforced offensive stereotypes" but insisted the comment was "no reflection on how I truly feel".

Join us on Vero, as we get under the skin of global cultural happenings. Follow Clash Magazine as we skip merrily between clubs, concerts, interviews and photo shoots. Get backstage sneak peeks and a true view into our world as the fun and games unfold.

Buy Clash Magazine


Join us on VERO

Join the Clash mailing list for up to the minute music, fashion and film news.

Follow Clash: