BBC faces backlash after presenter says Adjoa Andoh doesn't need 'to apologise'

BBC bosses faced pushback from annoyed listeners after a Radio 4 presenter reassured Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh she ‘had nothing to apologise for’ with regards to her remarks about the Royal Family. 

The 60-year-old actress revealed that she thought the monarchs were ‘terrribly white’, sparking anger from audience members. 

She reportedly made comments about the Buckingham Palace balcony on Coronation Day while adding her two cents during a live ITV broadcast over the historic weekend. 

Following Adjoa’s appearance, Twitter flooded with opinions and slated the star for supposedly making attempts to ‘try to backtrack’ on her statements as heard on the commentary programme. 

On Sunday, she sat down with Radio 4 and explained herself following the apparent backlash online. 

The Netflix series regular shared: ‘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. 

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‘And I suddenly went “ooh, it’s so white” – because the day had been so so mixed. I didn’t mean to upset anybody, I just was…’

She was interrupted by broadcaster Paddy O’Connell who said she need not ‘apologise’ and added: ‘You haven’t upset anyone.’

The radio host became the centre of a Twitter storm as listeners shared their views on his interjection during the live show. 

One penned: ‘Bridgerton star Adjoa Andoh has just tried to back track on @bbcradio4, about her comment that the Buckingham Palace balcony was “terribly white”. 

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‘And then the presenter Paddy O’Connell tells her that she’s got nothing to apologise for. Please don’t speak for me! [sic].’ 

Another wrote: ‘Paddy O’Connell is an enabler. Where is the impartiality @BBCRadio4? [sic].’ 

‘It’s bad enough that someone can get away with saying that on national TV. But when she said on BBC Radio 4 ‘I didn’t mean to upset anybody’ Paddy O’Connell came out with ‘You haven’t upset anyone’.

‘Which sums up the BBC’s attitude perfectly [sic],’ was a social media user’s response to the comments made.

The outrage online followed a host of complaints made to Ofcom about the initial incident first aired on ITV. 

On Sunday, the actress offered her take on the matter to The Guardian and said: ‘Yesterday King Charles prayed out loud – “Grant that I may be a blessing to all thy children, of every faith and belief, that together we may discover the ways of gentleness and be led into the paths of peace”.

‘Such a loving prayer, reflecting his wide embrace of the rich diverse peoples celebrating his coronation- and I was one of them – brilliantly included throughout the service.

‘Sitting in the warmth of that intentionally wide embrace, I was simply caught by the visual shift on the balcony – not a particularly original observation.

‘There was no intention to upset anyone. I continue to celebrate the King who created the Princes Trust, loves the arts, cares for all faiths and for the future of our environment, as he has done for many decades. It’s an exciting moment in our history.’ contacted Paddy and the BBC’s reps for comment.

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