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ITV Not Broadcasting Final Episode Of Viewpoint After Allegations Against Noel Clarke

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ITV Not Broadcasting Final Episode Of Viewpoint After Allegations Against Noel Clarke

ITV has decided not to broadcast the final episode of the Viewpoint following allegations of bullying and harassment made against Noel Clarke, saying it is 'no longer appropriate'.

The broadcaster said the last episode would be available to views on the ITV Hub.

An ITV spokesperson said: "ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.

"In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian's report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.

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"We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion."

Clarke, 45, has been accused of groping, harassment and bullying after 20 women came forward to share their story with The Guardian.

Noel Clarke. Credit: PA
Noel Clarke. Credit: PA

The star has 'vehemently' denied the allegations, saying in a statement: "In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

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"If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

"I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations."

In the wake of the allegations, Sky has also 'halted' its work with Clarke, who has starred in crime drama Bulletproof - which was renewed for a fourth series in January.

Sky said in a statement: "Effective immediately, we have halted Noel Clarke's involvement in any future Sky productions."

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His Bulletproof co-star Ashley Walters has said he is 'deeply saddened' by the allegations, which he 'cannot stand by and ignore'.

Noel Clarke with Ashley Walters in 2018. Credit: PA
Noel Clarke with Ashley Walters in 2018. Credit: PA

In a statement shared on social media, Walters wrote: "My thoughts are with the women who have come forward and told their awful stories, I am in shock and deeply saddened by what I have heard on a multitude of levels.

"I could never condone behaviour of this nature neither in nor out of the workplace, and whilst Noel has been a friend and colleague for several years, I cannot standby and ignore these allegations.

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"Sexual harassment, abuse and bullying have no place in our industry. Every woman has the right to a safe workplace and moving forward I pledge my dedication to this."

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also suspended his membership.

A spokesperson said: "In light of the allegations of serious misconduct regarding Noel Clarke in The Guardian this evening, BAFTA has taken the decision to suspend his membership and the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award immediately and until further notice."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Jess Hardiman
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