The BBC has received over 63 complaints after it emerged ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Anton Du Beke called his dance partner Laila Rouass a “Paki”.
Whilst the BBC remains defiant, sections of the public are calling for the BBC to sack Du Beke over his remarks.
Hope Not Hate, the anti-racism campaign run by anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, has now called for Du Beke, to be axed from the show.
In a general statement, the BBC said, “The BBC does not condone offensive language in the workplace. Anton Du Beke has apologised unreservedly to Laila Rouass who has accepted his apology.”
The shocking revelation came in the News Of The World when it was reported that the 43-year old dance partner of Laila blurted out the offensive term when he saw the actress spray-tanned at the BBC.
He told Laila, 38 – whose mum is Indian and dad is Moroccan, “Oh my God, you look like a Paki.”
Viewers unhappy with the racist outburst can complain to the BBC by clicking here.