STEREOPHONICS frontman KELLY JONES has joined the howls of disapproval emanating from WALES over telly presenter ANNE ROBINSON’s anti-Welsh rant on BBC TV’s ‘ROOM 101’ last week.
Robinson, who presents popular daytime quiz ‘The Weakest Link’, as well as the ‘Watchdog’ consumer programme, was on the chat-show ‘Room 101’, which is hosted by comedian Paul Merton. In the show, celebrity guests suggest things they hate, which they would like consigned to the ‘Room 101’ dumper, and host Merton decides whether they have made a suitable case to have the offending items locked away. He refused to bin the Welsh.
Robinson was branded a racist after 4.1 million viewers heard her call Welsh people “irritating and annoying” last week. She defended herself by saying the comments were made light-heartedly and people offended by them should “get a sense of humour”.
However, over 500 complaints have been received by the BBC and a complaint was lodged with North Wales Police over her comments, and the prospect of her presenting a US version of ‘The Weakest Link’ has been called into doubt, after Welsh expatriates raised objections.
Now the Stereophonics frontman has lent his voice to the campaign to silence Robinson. In a live interview with MTV Select yesterday (March 12), Jones quoted Robinson’s catchphrase, “You are the weakest link – goodbye!”, when asked by presenters Lisa Snowdon and Danan Breathnach what he thought about her Welsh-bashing.
“I think it started off as a joke, but now it’s become a bit of a dig. It’s a shame we can’t swear here. She is the weakest link – goodbye, Anne,” he commented.