Radio DJ and TV presenter says he "would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community"
Reggie Yates has stepped down from hosting Top Of The Pops following recent controversial comments he made regarding “fat, Jewish” managers in the music industry.
Last month, the radio DJ and TV presenter issued an apology following comments while appearing as a guest on the #Halfcast Podcast: Take Back The Power. He 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”.
Yates had said: “The thing that makes it great about this new generation of artists is that they ain’t signing to majors. They’re independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they’re managed by their brethren.”
Citing examples like Wretch 32, Stormzy and Skepta, Yates went on to say: “It’s amazing to see now the example isn’t get hot and then give all of your publishing to these idiots. Or go and give all of your rights to these dickheads over here. It’s now get hot, bring the family in, keep the family close, and win with your people. That’s the example now in music.”
Following the comments, Yates was criticised by Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, who said that the remarks “evoke the ugly stereotype of Jews as untrustworthy and money-grabbing”. Falter added that Yates should “reflect long and hard” on his comments.
In a previous statement, Yates had said that he was “hugely apologetic” for the “flippant” remarks, saying that it was “not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes”.
Now, Yates has announced that he won’t host this year’s Top Of The Pops Christmas special, saying in a new statement that he “would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended”.
He adds: “I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes and that there is no context which would justify such remarks. My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel.”