Ofcom has revealed that more than 4,000 complaints were made in response to actress Adjoa Andoh’s comments during the ITV broadcast of the Coronation.
The Bridgerton star, 60, was part of the commentary team on May 6 and remarked: “Looking at all those young people, there is a bit of me that has gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to the terribly white balcony, I’m very struck by that.”
The actress was commentating on the historic event alongside hosts Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham when the comment was made.
The 4165 complaints about the comment have made ITV’s Coronation coverage the UK’s most complained about program of 2023 so far. Ofcom is currently evaluating the complaints against their broadcasting guidelines before deciding whether or not to launch an investigation.
Netflix star Adjoa has since been featured on BBC Radio 4 where she addressed her comment with host Paddy O’Connell. Adjoah said: “I think I upset a few people yesterday.
“I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly going: ‘Oh it’s so white!’ because the day had been so mixed and I didn’t mean to upset anybody.”
As well as her role in Bridgerton, Adjoa is known for her roles as Dr. Isaacs in the psychological thriller Fractured and DI Nina Rosen in BBC’s Silent Witness, and has had a remarkable career spanning TV, film, and stage. In 2009, she made her Hollywood debut in the acclaimed film Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, where she shared the screen with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
A decade later, Andoh achieved another milestone as she co-directed and portrayed Richard II at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. This groundbreaking production marked the UK’s first-ever all women-of-colour cast, highlighting her dedication to pushing boundaries and promoting inclusivity in the arts.
Last year, the most-complained about programme of 2022 was Love Island which received 2,360 complaints on July 17 after alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour by some contestants in the villa.
In second place was I’m a Celebrity…. Get me out of here! from November 6-27 where viewers objected to the inclusion of Matt Hancock in the series.
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