Clara Amfo to present Christmas ‘Top Of The Pops’ following Reggie Yates controversy

Yates stepped down from the show earlier this week

Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo is set to present this year’s Christmas Top Of The Pops, after Reggie Yates stepped down from the role.

Last month, radio DJ and TV presenter Yates issued an apology following comments while appearing as a guest on the #Halfcast Podcast: Take Back The PowerHe had argued that it was good that more grime artists are now managed by “family” rather than “some random fat Jewish guy from north west London”. This week, it was announced that he would be stepping down from his presenter duties on Top Of The Pops. 

Now, Clara Amfo has been announced as his replacement, making her the first new presenter on the show in over a decade. Amfo will co-host two one-hour Christmas and New Year editions of the iconic music show, alongside Fearne Cotton.

“I’m so happy and honoured to be presenting Top of the Pops alongside Fearne,” says Amfo in a statement via Music Week. “It’s an iconic show that I’ve grown up with and continue to enjoy watching, especially during the festive season. 2017 has been a rich year in pop and I can’t wait to celebrate it with the artists, Fearne and everyone at home.”

Mark Cooper, head of music television at BBC Studios, added: “Clara is a great champion of all kinds of pop music and she lights up the screen with her radiance. She’s a joy on Radio 1, she did a great job presenting on BBC TV at Glastonbury this year and now she’s co-hosting Top of the Pops! Clara and Fearne will be a formidable duo!”