Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow hit by racist Ofcom fury over ‘lack of diversity’

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Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow has been hit with almost 200 official Ofcom complaints.

The new prime time series has been accused of lack of diversity due to the ethnicity of the contestants.

Ofcom have confirmed that there have been 190 people complained about Saturday’s episode of Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow over the ethnicity of the contestants.

Last weekend's show contained three pairs of contestants, with each duo being of non-white heritage.

While host Alan Carr is white, the move by ITV bosses sparked a Twitter debate.

Taking to Twitter, one fan wrote: "Would anyone be bothered if all contestants on Alan Carr’s Gameshow was all white??? No!!!!

"So what’s the problem off all been black? About time Twitter stamped on racism once and for all."

Another added: "Knew Alan Carr’s Epic Game show would have the fragile white people up in arms that all the contestants are black (which I think is great btw!)

"Keep it up @itv. The more we normalise this, the more we can tackle racism head on."

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Both ITV and Alan Carr are yet to comment on the backlash.

ITV famously stood its ground last year after it was hit with tens of thousands of complaints about Diversity performing a Black Lives Matter routine on Britain's Got Talent.

Over 20,000 viewers lodged official complaints to Ofcom about the performance.

ITV said in a statement: "Britain's Got Talent has always been an inclusive show, which showcases diversity and supports strong storytelling in all forms and ITV stands behind the decision to broadcast Diversity's performance on BGT.

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"Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain and their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the issues and events which have affected society in 2020."

Meanwhile, lead Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo said via Instagram: "Stick with Love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

"It was layered. It was something we wanted to bring to the stage to give people hope, but also not to shy away from the difficult conversations and the difficult issues that have arisen this year."

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