Tommy Sandhu, who’s future is in question at the BBC Asian Network has spoken publicly for the first time since allegations emerged that he was part of a WhatsApp group, which made sexist comments and homophobic comments about other BBC colleagues.
Sandhu has released a video statement via his social media pages, denying any racist, homophobic or sexist remarks. He also confirmed that he will not be returning to present the BBC Asian Network Breakfast show but will pursue other media projects. He said, “I’m not racist, I’m not a homophobic and I’m not lewd towards women!” His Twitter post is titled as “After 7 weeks of having to stay silent … you can hear it from me directly.”
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After 7 weeks of having to stay silent … you can hear it from me directly pic.twitter.com/nSjUXm7VWT
— Tommy Sandhu (@TommySandhu) September 9, 2017
BizAsiaLive.com reported earlier today that Sandhu has been “sacked” over his participation in the WhatsApp conversation. Sandhu said he was seeking legal advice, with reports suggesting the employment tribunal could get involved.
The BBC has not yet released a statement and neither an announcement on who will replace Sandhu on the Breakfast show. Up until now, presenters Yasser and Harps Kaur have been filling in.
BBC “sacks” Tommy Sandhu over reported lewd comments