‘Coronation Street’ apologises after nearly 300 complaints over ‘racist’ remark during episode

The comments featured during an episode on Bank Holiday Monday

Coronation Street has been forced to apologise after complaints over a comment made on the show earlier this week that was deemed racist by many viewers.

The episode in question aired on Bank Holiday Monday (August 29) and saw the character of Eva Price, played by Catherine Tyldesley, say that she had “more roots than Kunta Kinte” whilst visiting the hair salon, referring to the enslaved character from the novel and TV mini-series Roots.

The character then adds: “No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.” Watch in the clip below.

While many on Twitter pointed out what they saw as the offensiveness of the remarks, nearly 300 viewers also complained to Ofcom, who have said in response: “Ofcom has received 278 complaints about Coronation Street, which aired on Monday. We will assess these complaints before we decide whether to investigate or not.”

A spokeswoman for Coronation Street has since responded, saying: “We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence.”