BBC presenter Lucy Worsley apologises for using n-word

BBC presenter Lucy Worsley has issued an apology for using the n-word during a programme this weekend.

The show American History’s Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley aired on BBC Two on Saturday night about the confederacy and the freedom of slaves.

At one point, Lucy recited a quote from confederacy supporter John Wilkes Booth, and used the racial slur explicitly as opposed to saying the censored term ‘n-word’.

After one Twitter follower called her out, Lucy admitted: ‘You’re right, @therealpetraamp, it wasn’t acceptable and I apologise.’

A BBC spokesperson also said : ‘This is a history programme about the American Civil War and features contributions from a number of African American scholars.

‘Content information about the nature of the film was given before the programme started, and presenter Lucy Worsley gave a clear warning to the audience before quoting John Wilkes Booth as the term clearly has the potential to cause offence.’

During the show, Lucy covered the reaction to a speech by President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1865 declared at the White House that Black people should be given the right to vote.

John Wilkes Booth, who went on to kill the President days later, was enraged by the declaration, and spoke about his plans to quiet Lincoln permanently.

In a piece-to-camera, Lucy told the audience: ‘He said, and his words carry a health warning, “that means n****r citizenship. By God, that’s the last speech he will ever make”.’

The clip had first aired on BBC Four in 2019 but has invoked fresh outrage following its broadcast yesterday.

It’s also the second time this week that the BBC has come under fire for a presenter saying the n-word.

A BBC News segment featured presenter Fiona Lamdin discussing a racially motivated attack on a black man.

‘Just to warn you, you’re about to hear highly offensive language,’ she could be heard saying in a voiceover.

‘Because as the men ran away, they hurled racial abuse, calling him a “n*****”.’

It emerged that the BBC received 280 Ofcom complaints over the segment.

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