Reggie Yates has stepped down from hosting this year’s Top of the Pops Christmas special following a remark he made about Jewish music managers which he has since admitted “reinforced offensive stereotypes”.
Speaking on the Halfcast Podcast last month, Yates said it was “great” to see grime artists who are no longer managed by “some random fat Jewish guy from north west London”.
The comments sparked a social media backlash, with many accusing Yates of anti-Semitism.
Yates has now announced that he has “taken the decision to step down from hosting Top Of The Pops this year”, which he was due to present alongside Fearne Cotton. The duo started working together on the music show in 2003.