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Trisha Goddard Speaks Out About Ant And Dec Blackface

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Trisha Goddard Speaks Out About Ant And Dec Blackface

Trisha Goddard has spoken out following Ant and Dec's apology over their blackface sketch.

The 62-year-old said she was stunned when she saw the two presenters dress up as two black women, Patty and Bernice, in an old episode of Saturday Night Takeaway back in 2003.

Speaking about the controversy, Trisha said she just didn't understand what the comedy duo were trying to achieve.

She said: "Ant and Dec, I remember when I first saw that and it wasn't that long ago. I was like what?

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"What are you? The fact that you're doing this...

"Do you genuinely think you can trick people into believing - as it was for a You've Been Framed type thing - I thought, 'how un-diverse'."

Trisha Goddard has hit out at Ant and Dec for wearing blackface. Credit: PA
Trisha Goddard has hit out at Ant and Dec for wearing blackface. Credit: PA

The mum-of-two later told the Mail that she was shocked no one stopped it from airing at the time.

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Adding: "All these programs need an executive producer, a commissioning editor; there are a whole load of people it needs to go through.

"Nowhere along the line did someone go... because there was no one there to do that."

Ant and Dec pranked Emmerdale cast members 17 years ago in a sketch where they portrayed two Jamaican women.

In a clip that can be seen on a Saturday Night Takeaway DVD, the pair discuss how they got into character.

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Ant laughed: "It was funny sitting in a room, learning Jamaican, picking dresses, trying on false nails, was something I didn't think I'd ever, ever do."

The comedy duo portrayed two Jamaican women in a sketch. Credit: ITV
The comedy duo portrayed two Jamaican women in a sketch. Credit: ITV

Dec then tried to put on a Jamaican accent and said: "We had to find who Patty and Bernice were, so we'd have to go, 'well, I think Bernice probably came to England on a boat'."

The pair have since apologised for any offence caused by their actions.

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In a statement, they said: "During past episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, we impersonated people of colour in the undercover segment of the show.

"We realise that this was wrong and want to say that we are sincerely sorry to everyone that was offended. We purposely stopped doing this several years ago and certainly would not make these sketches today."

Adding: "We had already taken steps to ensure footage was taken down, and have again recently confirmed with ITV that these segments, and any other historical content that could cause offence, does not appear on either the ITV hub or the Saturday Night Takeaway YouTube channel."

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Black Lives Matter, TV and Film, Celebrity, Ant and Dec

Dominic Smithers
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