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Kylie and Kendall Jenner call dad Caitlyn Jenner ‘our hero’

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Kylie and Kendall Jenner called their transgender father Caitlyn Jenner ‘our hero’ in the new Pride issue of People.

Caitlyn, 70, the former Olympian once known as Bruce Jenner, announced her transition on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair.

Now a half-decade later, Kendall revealed to People: ‘When my dad came out as transgender, our relationship grew. She could finally be honest with me.’

Filial love: Kylie (right) and Kendall Jenner (right) called their transgender father Caitlyn Jenner (center)  'our hero' in the new Pride issue of People

Filial love: Kylie (right) and Kendall Jenner (right) called their transgender father Caitlyn Jenner (center)  'our hero' in the new Pride issue of People

Filial love: Kylie (right) and Kendall Jenner (right) called their transgender father Caitlyn Jenner (center)  ‘our hero’ in the new Pride issue of People

The 24-year-old supermodel continued: ‘We could talk about deep emotions she was feeling through that time.’

Kendall, whose mother is Kris Jenner, shared: ‘Growing up my dad was not usually one to talk about her feelings so that was a big step for us.’

Said she: ‘I used to watch old Olympic videos of my dad and wish I could be a part of those spectacular moments with her. There are so many stories she tells about her life and I love to just sit there and listen.’

Kendall explained: ‘She has lived so many amazing lives in one lifetime. My favorite thing to learn from my dad is about my dad. Inspiring then and inspiring now.’

Side by side by side: Now a half-decade later, Kendall revealed to People : 'When my dad came out as transgender, our relationship grew'; she, Kylie and Caitlyn are pictured in 2017

Side by side by side: Now a half-decade later, Kendall revealed to People : 'When my dad came out as transgender, our relationship grew'; she, Kylie and Caitlyn are pictured in 2017

Side by side by side: Now a half-decade later, Kendall revealed to People : ‘When my dad came out as transgender, our relationship grew’; she, Kylie and Caitlyn are pictured in 2017

She added: ‘Because of my dad’s bravery, I’ve learned to love what I love and not be ashamed of it. She’s been my role model since before I can even remember, from sports growing up to now with her wisdom. She’s so brave and I aspire to be as brave as her one day.’

Kendall, who told Vogue: ‘I’m not gay!’ in 2018 after years of lesbian rumors, told the new Pride issue of People she has been a ‘daddy’s girl my whole life.’

Meanwhile Kylie dished: ‘My dad has always been an inspiration to me, from winning the gold medal at the Olympics to getting her pilot’s license. However, watching her live out her true self has been the most inspiring of them all.’

Caitlyn told the new Pride issue of People that she would have declined to transition if any of her 10 children had been against the idea. 

Meanwhile: Kylie dished: 'My dad has always been an inspiration to me, from winning the gold medal at the Olympics to getting her pilot’s license'

Meanwhile: Kylie dished: 'My dad has always been an inspiration to me, from winning the gold medal at the Olympics to getting her pilot’s license'

Meanwhile: Kylie dished: ‘My dad has always been an inspiration to me, from winning the gold medal at the Olympics to getting her pilot’s license’

While speaking to this year’s new March issue of Harper’s Bazaar she revealed that she still has a close relationship with Caitlyn.

Caitlyn had a rift with some members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan amid the publication of her 2017 memoir The Secrets Of My Life, which contained an unflattering portrayal of Kylie and Kendall’s mother Kris.

Yet Kylie and Caitlyn speak ‘like every day… except I couldn’t talk to her for three or four weeks when she did that show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ 

She shared: ‘I watched clips online. It was hard to be out of touch for that long, but I feel like it was harder for her because she couldn’t see us.’

Joy: Caitlyn is pictured at her 70th birthday party with her son Brandon, stepdaughters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and gal pal Sophia Hutchins as well as Kylie and Kendall

Joy: Caitlyn is pictured at her 70th birthday party with her son Brandon, stepdaughters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and gal pal Sophia Hutchins as well as Kylie and Kendall

Joy: Caitlyn is pictured at her 70th birthday party with her son Brandon, stepdaughters Kim and Kourtney Kardashian and gal pal Sophia Hutchins as well as Kylie and Kendall

While on I’m A Celebrity… Caitlyn revealed why her children still call her ‘dad’ even after she came out and transitioned. 

‘Kendall asked me the question first, and I go: “Dad. I mean, I’m your dad and I’ve always be your dad till the day I die, so,”‘ Caitlyn recalled.

‘And but what they’re really good at, when they’re talking about me: “my dad, she.” And it’s tough to change the pronouns, you know, in the middle of it, you know?’

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Margot Robbie and husband Tom Ackerley enjoy stroll in London with their rescue dog Boo Radley

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They tied the knot back in a romantic ceremony back in December 2016, following three years of dating.

And Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley, both 30, looked as smitten as ever on Friday, when they were spotted enjoying a relaxed stroll in London.

The Australian actress donned a protective face mask as she walked alongside her handsome British husband, who guided their beloved pooch Boo Radley via a leash.

Smitten: Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley, both 30, looked as smitten as ever on Friday, when they were spotted enjoying a relaxed stroll in London

Smitten: Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley, both 30, looked as smitten as ever on Friday, when they were spotted enjoying a relaxed stroll in London

Smitten: Margot Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley, both 30, looked as smitten as ever on Friday, when they were spotted enjoying a relaxed stroll in London

The Suicide Squad star looked casually cool for the outing, wearing a baggy white sweater, which she teamed with cropped faded jeans.

With her flat brown sandals perfectly matching her large leather handbag the screen star accessorised with a chunky necklace and stylish sunglasses.

Wearing her golden tresses in tousled waves, Margot looked relaxed and happy as she strolled with producer Tom, who donned a taupe windbreaker with khaki shorts.

Safety first: The Australian actress donned a protective face mask as she walked alongside her handsome British husband, while guiding their beloved pooch Boo Radley via a leash

Safety first: The Australian actress donned a protective face mask as she walked alongside her handsome British husband, while guiding their beloved pooch Boo Radley via a leash

Safety first: The Australian actress donned a protective face mask as she walked alongside her handsome British husband, while guiding their beloved pooch Boo Radley via a leash

Strolling arm-in-arm through the English capital’s busting streets with their rescue dog, the couple enjoyed lunch together before making their way home. 

Margot and Tom have been married since 2016, after first meeting in 2013 on set of World War II drama Suite Française in France.

The pair went on to become roommates, with a group of other friends, as they lived together in a property in London.

In an interview with Elle back in 2018, blonde beauty Margot admitted that she and Tom had initially decided to keep their romantic relationship to themselves. 

Casually cool: The Suicide Squad star looked casually cool for the outing, wearing a baggy white sweater, which she teamed with cropped faded jeans

Casually cool: The Suicide Squad star looked casually cool for the outing, wearing a baggy white sweater, which she teamed with cropped faded jeans

Casually cool: The Suicide Squad star looked casually cool for the outing, wearing a baggy white sweater, which she teamed with cropped faded jeans

She said: ‘We kept it a secret. Because we weren’t really taking it seriously. “Oh, whatever, we’re just mates, we’re just mates.” And then… everyone found out.’

And their reluctance to reveal that they were dating appeared to be for good reason, as the screen star went on to admit that the revelation didn’t go down too well.

‘It was dramatic,’ she recalled of the moment her friends found out. ‘I’m not going into the details, but s**t hit the fan.

‘Our house turned into The Jerry Springer Show for a moment there. But then the dust settled, and it was all good.’

Relaxed: Wearing her golden tresses in tousled waves, Margot looked relaxed and happy as she strolled with producer Tom, who donned a taupe windbreaker with khaki shorts

Relaxed: Wearing her golden tresses in tousled waves, Margot looked relaxed and happy as she strolled with producer Tom, who donned a taupe windbreaker with khaki shorts

Relaxed: Wearing her golden tresses in tousled waves, Margot looked relaxed and happy as she strolled with producer Tom, who donned a taupe windbreaker with khaki shorts

In February, Margot, who splits time between the US and the UK with Tom – in between all of their other travels – opened up about her hectic life with her beau.

She told The Project host Carrie Bickmore: ‘My mom is like, “You have got to leave work at work, so you guys can have time for yourselves.”‘

She added: ‘We don’t get as much downtime as we’d probably like, but we both really like what we do!

‘We don’t have time for chill, but we have a lot of fun and we love what we do.’

Fine dining: After strolling through the English capital's busting streets with their rescue dog, the couple enjoyed lunch together before making their way home

Fine dining: After strolling through the English capital's busting streets with their rescue dog, the couple enjoyed lunch together before making their way home

Fine dining: After strolling through the English capital’s busting streets with their rescue dog, the couple enjoyed lunch together before making their way home

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Hollyoaks’ Jorgie Porter enjoys dinner date with hunky businessman Ollie Piotrowski

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Earlier this year, she admitted to resorting to dating on FaceTime after COVID-19 restrictions prevented her from meeting anyone in person.

And Jorgie Porter, 32, appeared to be making the most of her relative freedom to roam, when she was spotted enjoying a dinner date with hunky businessman Ollie Piotrowski, 31, in Manchester on Thursday night.

The actress, who is set to return to Hollyoaks for the show’s 25th anniversary, looked sensational in a black minidress as she made her way into upscale eatery The Ivy.

Date night: Jorgie Porter was spotted enjoying a dinner date with hunky businessman Ollie Piotrowski in Manchester on Thursday night

Date night: Jorgie Porter was spotted enjoying a dinner date with hunky businessman Ollie Piotrowski in Manchester on Thursday night

Date night: Jorgie Porter was spotted enjoying a dinner date with hunky businessman Ollie Piotrowski in Manchester on Thursday night

Complementing her look with a suede jacket, the screen star stood tall in a pair of perspex heels for her night on the town.

With her flaxen locks styled in a glossy bob, the TV star highlighted her famous looks with a rich palette of makeup that included a dewy finish.

Carrying a black leather quilted handbag, Jorgie beamed as she walked alongside handsome Ollie, who drove them to their dinner date in his top of the line BMW. 

Sensational: The actress, who is set to return to Hollyoaks for the show's 25th anniversary, looked sensational in a black minidress as she made her way into upscale eatery The Ivy

Sensational: The actress, who is set to return to Hollyoaks for the show's 25th anniversary, looked sensational in a black minidress as she made her way into upscale eatery The Ivy

Sensational: The actress, who is set to return to Hollyoaks for the show’s 25th anniversary, looked sensational in a black minidress as she made her way into upscale eatery The Ivy

Upbeat mood: Jorgie appeared to be in a decidedly upbeat mood as she enjoyed her night out

Upbeat mood: Jorgie appeared to be in a decidedly upbeat mood as she enjoyed her night out

Upbeat mood: Jorgie appeared to be in a decidedly upbeat mood as she enjoyed her night out

All in the details: She Complemented her look with a suede jacket

All in the details: She Complemented her look with a suede jacket

Standing tall: The screen star stood tall in a pair of perspex heels for her night on the town

Standing tall: The screen star stood tall in a pair of perspex heels for her night on the town

All in the details: Complementing her look with a suede jacket, the screen star stood tall in a pair of perspex heels for her night on the town

Hair we go: With her flaxen locks styled in a glossy bob, the TV star highlighted her famous looks with a rich palette of makeup that included a dewy finish

Hair we go: With her flaxen locks styled in a glossy bob, the TV star highlighted her famous looks with a rich palette of makeup that included a dewy finish

Hair we go: With her flaxen locks styled in a glossy bob, the TV star highlighted her famous looks with a rich palette of makeup that included a dewy finish

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Close: The star stayed close to handsome Ollie as they made their way through the city streets

Close: The star stayed close to handsome Ollie as they made their way through the city streets

Close: The star stayed close to handsome Ollie as they made their way through the city streets

Tattooed Ollie looked casually cool in a navy polo top and black skinny jeans, which he teamed with a pair of skater shoes.

Ollie boasts years of experience as a businessman, serving as the managing director of Pinnacle Holdings, which oversees a broad range of property investments.

He also has fashion credentials among his portfolio, serving as the co-owner of new brand Transpire Clothing. 

Jorgie’s outing comes several months after she admitted that, after getting plenty of attention on dating apps, she decided to make good use of her enforced free time by engaging in a virtual date with one of her matches. 

Beam: Carrying a black quilted bag, Jorgie beamed as she walked alongside handsome Ollie

Beam: Carrying a black quilted bag, Jorgie beamed as she walked alongside handsome Ollie

Beam: Carrying a black quilted bag, Jorgie beamed as she walked alongside handsome Ollie

Casually cool: Tattooed Ollie looked casually cool in a navy polo top and black skinny jeans, which he teamed with a pair of skater shoes

Casually cool: Tattooed Ollie looked casually cool in a navy polo top and black skinny jeans, which he teamed with a pair of skater shoes

Casually cool: Tattooed Ollie looked casually cool in a navy polo top and black skinny jeans, which he teamed with a pair of skater shoes

Online dating: Earlier this year, she admitted to resorting to dating on FaceTime after COVID-19 restrictions prevented her from meeting anyone in person

Online dating: Earlier this year, she admitted to resorting to dating on FaceTime after COVID-19 restrictions prevented her from meeting anyone in person

Limited: The start of the pandemic greatly limited movement during the earlier part of the year

Limited: The start of the pandemic greatly limited movement during the earlier part of the year

Online dating: Earlier this year, she admitted to resorting to dating on FaceTime after COVID-19 restrictions prevented her from meeting anyone in person

Businessman: Ollie boasts years of experience as a businessman, serving as the managing director of Pinnacle Holdings, which oversees a broad range of property investments

Businessman: Ollie boasts years of experience as a businessman, serving as the managing director of Pinnacle Holdings, which oversees a broad range of property investments

Businessman: Ollie boasts years of experience as a businessman, serving as the managing director of Pinnacle Holdings, which oversees a broad range of property investments

Fashion credentials: He also has fashion credentials among his portfolio, serving as the co-owner of new brand Transpire Clothing

Fashion credentials: He also has fashion credentials among his portfolio, serving as the co-owner of new brand Transpire Clothing

Fashion credentials: He also has fashion credentials among his portfolio, serving as the co-owner of new brand Transpire Clothing

She told new! magazine: ‘I’ve had a FaceTime date. It’s quite scary because you think we’re just gonna sit face to dace and say, “Hello, how are you?”

‘It’s kind of awkward, so it’s good to do a creative activity like paint a picture together, which is what we did. It’s cool because you see how much effort they’ve put in.

‘So if they get their paints and canvas ready, you’re like, “Ah, he wants to impress me.”‘ 

The unlucky-in-love actress previously dated Hollyoaks co-star James Atherton from 2011 to 2014, but admits she now relies on her friends to separate potential suitors from those who try and date her because she’s a celebrity. 

FaceTime: Jorgie recently told new! magazin,: 'I've had a FaceTime date. It's quite scary because you think we're just gonna sit face to dace and say, "Hello, how are you?"

FaceTime: Jorgie recently told new! magazin,: 'I've had a FaceTime date. It's quite scary because you think we're just gonna sit face to dace and say, "Hello, how are you?"

FaceTime: Jorgie recently told new! magazin,: ‘I’ve had a FaceTime date. It’s quite scary because you think we’re just gonna sit face to dace and say, “Hello, how are you?”

Effort: The star continued of her recent online dating, 'It's kind of awkward, so it's good to do a creative activity like paint a picture together, which is what we did'

Effort: The star continued of her recent online dating, 'It's kind of awkward, so it's good to do a creative activity like paint a picture together, which is what we did'

Effort: The star continued of her recent online dating, ‘It’s kind of awkward, so it’s good to do a creative activity like paint a picture together, which is what we did’

.Friends: Jorgie recently admitted that she now relies on her friends to separate potential suitors from those who try and date her because she's a celebrity

.Friends: Jorgie recently admitted that she now relies on her friends to separate potential suitors from those who try and date her because she's a celebrity

The single life: The star has largely been single in recent years

The single life: The star has largely been single in recent years

Friends: Jorgie recently admitted that she now relies on her friends to separate potential suitors from those who try and date her because she’s a celebrity

Chatting: Jorgie and Ollie chatted enthusiastically as they strolled together through the streets

Chatting: Jorgie and Ollie chatted enthusiastically as they strolled together through the streets

Chatting: Jorgie and Ollie chatted enthusiastically as they strolled together through the streets

Comfortable: The pair appeared to be comfortable in one another' company during their date

Comfortable: The pair appeared to be comfortable in one another' company during their date

Comfortable: The pair appeared to be comfortable in one another’ company during their date

 She’s also struggled to find a match online due to many people thinking her profile is fake, a similar response to the one experienced by Hollywood legend Sharon Stone, whose Bumble account was deleted amid claims it wasn’t genuine.

‘I got Sharon Stoned on Tinder. No one believed it was me,’ she told The Sun. ‘People were messaging me going, “There’s a fake of you on Tinder. But don’t worry, we’ve reported it and we’ve cancelled it”. I was like, “No, it really is me”.

‘I didn’t get any dates and most of the people getting in touch were a bit catfishy, which was weird.’ 

Despite resorting to the convoluted world of dating apps in a bid to find her Mr. Right, Jorgie insists she has no issue with being single. 

She added: ‘I’m glad I’ve not settled down at a young age, married, got divorced and had to deal with the heartbreak.’

That's the ticket: Ollie appeared none too amused when he returned to his car to find a ticket

That's the ticket: Ollie appeared none too amused when he returned to his car to find a ticket

That’s the ticket: Ollie appeared none too amused when he returned to his car to find a ticket

Removed: Actress Jorgie looked on as he removed it from the windscreen of his fancy BMW

Removed: Actress Jorgie looked on as he removed it from the windscreen of his fancy BMW

Removed: Actress Jorgie looked on as he removed it from the windscreen of his fancy BMW

Journey: The pair were later seen driving away to continue on with the remainder of their night

Journey: The pair were later seen driving away to continue on with the remainder of their night

Journey: The pair were later seen driving away to continue on with the remainder of their night

Previously: The actress previously dated Hollyoaks co-star James Atherton from 2011 to 2014. Pictured together in 2011

Previously: The actress previously dated Hollyoaks co-star James Atherton from 2011 to 2014. Pictured together in 2011

Previously: The actress previously dated Hollyoaks co-star James Atherton from 2011 to 2014. Pictured together in 2011

Old times: The actress is best known for her former role as Theresa McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, a role she is set to return to for the show's 25th anniversary

Old times: The actress is best known for her former role as Theresa McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, a role she is set to return to for the show's 25th anniversary

Old times: The actress is best known for her former role as Theresa McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks, a role she is set to return to for the show’s 25th anniversary

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Alesha Dixon praises ITV for supporting Diversity in newspaper adverts

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ITV ‘stood with Diversity’ as they rolled out a full-page advert across national newspapers in support of the controversial Black Lives Matters Britain’s Got Talent dance on Saturday.

The poster showed a poignant black and white image of Ashley Banjo, 31, taking the knee alongside the words: ‘We are changed by what we see. Just as we are changed when we are seen. ITV stand with Diversity.’ 

It comes in response to 24,500 viewers who complained about the politicisation of the ITV1 prime-time show to Ofcom.

'Proud of you!' Alesha Dixon praised ITV on Saturday for taking out newspaper adverts to support Diversity's BLM-inspired dance

‘Proud of you!’ Alesha Dixon praised ITV on Saturday for taking out newspaper adverts to support Diversity’s BLM-inspired dance

Alesha was one of many who praised ITV for standing by the dance troupe. 

The singer, 41, took to Instagram to share a snap of the advert and gushed over how ‘proud’ she was with them.

In her caption, she wrote: ‘Well done @ITV for standing with Diversity! Proud of you! This image is in all of the national newspapers today.’

Grateful: The singer, 41, took to Instagram on Saturday to share a snap of the advert, and wrote: 'Well done @ITV for standing with Diversity'

Grateful: The singer, 41, took to Instagram on Saturday to share a snap of the advert, and wrote: ‘Well done @ITV for standing with Diversity’

Making a statement: ITV's advert shows Ashley kneeling during Diversity's performance, and said 'we are changed by what we see. Just as we are changed when we are seen'

Making a statement: ITV’s advert shows Ashley kneeling during Diversity’s performance, and said ‘we are changed by what we see. Just as we are changed when we are seen’

Thankful: Ashley also shared his gratitude with ITV for standing by Diversity over their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance

Thankful: Ashley also shared his gratitude with ITV for standing by Diversity over their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance

Ashley also shared his gratitude with ITV for standing by Diversity over their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance.

Sharing a snap of the same advert, which shows him kneeling in black-and-white, he wrote: ‘This is what change looks like.

‘@ITV stand with @Diversity and we’ve never been prouder. This is in all the national papers today. Thank you again to everyone that has supported us.’

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Supportive: Fans also took to Twitter to share their delight over the advert

Supportive: Fans also took to Twitter to share their delight over the advert

Fans also took to Twitter to share their delight over the advert, as one wrote: ‘This is how you support #BlackLivesMatter – well done @ITV for not only standing behind @Diversity_Tweet but standing alongside.’

Another added: ‘Yes ITV!! Time for change, time for solidarity’

One user praised: ‘ITV backing Diversity on #BGT: Good on them. ITV running a national advertisement campaign in support of what Diversity did: I’m speechless. This is how you make a statement.’  

Controversial: On Thursday, OfCom announced they will not investigate Diversity's Black Lives Matter-inspired routine from Britain's Got Talent on September 5

Controversial: On Thursday, OfCom announced they will not investigate Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired routine from Britain’s Got Talent on September 5

On Thursday, OfCom announced they will not investigate the 24,500 complaints Diversity’s Black Lives Matter-inspired routine from Britain’s Got Talent on September 5.

The performance has now become the second-most complained about television moment of the decade, but a spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body has confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken.  

The representative said: ‘We carefully considered a large number of complaints about this artistic routine, an area where freedom of expression is particularly important. 

Decision: A spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken

Decision: A spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken

‘Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects, and in our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity. 

‘Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic of recent global events, and there was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter.’

Troupe leader Ashley reacted to the news on Instagram as he shared the statement and penned: ‘Creativity is always a leap of faith. All I did what was what felt right and I’d do it 100 times over… Sending love to everyone that stood by us’. 

Proud: Troupe leader Ashley reacted to the news on Instagram as he shared the statement and penned: 'Creativity is always a leap of faith. All I did what was what felt right'

Proud: Troupe leader Ashley reacted to the news on Instagram as he shared the statement and penned: ‘Creativity is always a leap of faith. All I did what was what felt right’

The decision was met with a mixed reaction from viewers, with some lauding the move and others claiming firmer action needed to be taken. 

One disgruntled complainer however penned: ‘Absolutely useless. this regulator is totally incompetent. This disgusting quango needs to be abolished. unbelievable…

‘The dance was a political dance, inciting racial division in our country, it was a blatant support for a far left marxist extremist cult. It had no place on a prime time entertainment show.’

Viewers celebrating the move took to Twitter to write: ‘Quite right too. Seems ridiculous that this even needed saying. But apparently, it did… 

‘This is demonstration of good leadership from a public body. Now if you could handle other aspects of public life the country may not be so much in a mess. Thank you for being sensible and seeing the performance for what it is…. 

‘Thank you so much. Hope this stops the hateful and stupid complaining about what was a brilliant, powerful and moving performance.’  

On Wednesday, it was revealed the performance is still receiving complaints almost two weeks after originally airing, with TV regulator Ofcom counting 24,041 to date.  

The routine, which narrated the death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show.

Viewers took to Twitter in the aftermath of the episode airing on September 5, complaining about the politicisation of the ITV1 prime-time show. 

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Happy: Some viewers lauded the decision in a series of tweets

Happy: Some viewers lauded the decision in a series of tweets

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Annoyed: One disgruntled complainer however penned: 'Absolutely useless. this regulator is totally incompetent. This disgusting quango needs to be abolished. unbelievable'

Annoyed: One disgruntled complainer however penned: ‘Absolutely useless. this regulator is totally incompetent. This disgusting quango needs to be abolished. unbelievable’

The response has made it the second most complained about TV moment of all time, just behind Roxanne’s Pallett’s notorious appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, with a record 25,237 objections. 

ITV have stood by Diversity troupe leader Ashley after the performance provoked a heated response.  

In a statement the broadcaster told MailOnline that their performance offered an ‘authentic, heartfelt’ response to the issues of 2020 after viewers criticised the routine for ‘politicising’ the show.

They said: ‘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.

‘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.’ 

On Friday, an Ofcom spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that BGT had received 15,500 complaints. Last Monday, the figure stood at 1,121.

The representative added: ‘We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’  

Ashley recently broke his silence about Diversity’s routine during the first semi-final, and welcomed the conversation the complaints have started.

Hard hitting: The routine, which narrated the death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show on September 5

Hard hitting: The routine, which narrated the death of black man George Floyd beneath the knee of a white police officer, divided fans after it aired during the live show on September 5

Support: ITV have stood by Britain's Got Talent judge Ashley and his Diversity dance troupe

Support: ITV have stood by Britain’s Got Talent judge Ashley and his Diversity dance troupe 

The dancer addressed both the positive and negative response in a candid video as he revealed he and the group have been the target of ‘racial abuse and threats’ following the dance.  

In the statement, he said: ‘It’s been a lot, everything from racial abuse to threats, to just some really nasty stuff. I’m not going to give light to it, I’m not going to give it any more time than it deserves. 

‘But a lot of the negativity, the nastiness, and the racism shows exactly why these performances and exactly why this conversation that has arisen is so necessary.  Racism is very real, I’ve known it before and I definitely know it now.’

Support: The broadcaster shared a statement on their Twitter page as the furore continued

Support: The broadcaster shared a statement on their Twitter page as the furore continued

He originally began his video by thanking those who had supported Diversity and had shared positive messages and well wishes, even mentioning those who had checked in on the members mental well-being during the aftermath of the routine.

Ashley said: ‘Firstly I want to say thank you to all the people who are supportive of me and Diversity’s performance, who’ve reached out. 

‘Honestly it’s overwhelming the positive reaction to what we did. Hundreds of thousands of messages, comments, DMs and interactions in the street.

‘There’s been what 15-16,000 complaints of negativity thrown back at the performance, but trust me I’m right in the centre of it and the negativity is in the minority.

‘The positive response has been huge so thank you so much everyone who has supported and shown love, stood by what we did.’

Shocking: Ofcom complaints following Diversity's divisive set reached 23,308 on Tuesday - and edged closer to becoming the most protested TV moment of the decade

Shocking: Ofcom complaints following Diversity’s divisive set reached 23,308 on Tuesday – and edged closer to becoming the most protested TV moment of the decade

He added: ‘Everyone who reached out who checked if we were alright, thank you to you as well. 

‘We are good though, we are feeling positive, proud, happy confident and we stand by every single decision that we made for that performance.

‘If I’m honest with you to be able to stand on the very stage that launched Diversity into the limelight as a judge on the panel, standing up for something, using our art to spark nationwide conversation, what more could I ask for as a creative and an artist?

‘To entertain, to get people talking, to cause emotion, that is everything I could have asked for so I am proud and like I said I stand by it so thank you to everyone showing their positivity.’ 

Sharing his decision to remain positive in the face of racist trolls, he went on: ‘After this performance everything that we’ve seen, I don’t know, it’s been overwhelmingly negative sometimes, which is tough.

‘But still, like I said, [I’m] standing strong and feeling so happy with what we’ve done, if that’s what it takes that’s a price I’m absolutely willing to pay.’

Ashley then described the dance routine in full, stipulating that Diversity were giving a ‘summary of 2020’ with their performance tackling topics like lockdown, COVID-19, the NHS, George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘It was layered, it was something we wanted to bring to the stage to bring hope but also not to shy away from difficult conversations and difficult issues that have arisen,’ he said of the dance.  

‘That’s exactly why the question whether Britain’s Got Talent was the right platform was one that I just can’t get on board with. 

‘If an artist or creative can’t use real world issues, universal issues, to inspire their art and come through how they express them then what’s the point? 

Widely watched: Britain's Got Talent's second semi-final pulled in 4.95 million viewers, just a week after its first show sparked backlash from viewers

Widely watched: Britain’s Got Talent’s second semi-final pulled in 4.95 million viewers, just a week after its first show sparked backlash from viewers

‘Britain’s Got Talent has been a stage for so many incredible performers, artists and talents who want to express all different kinds of emotions and views, and stories, human ones.

‘Of course political ideas are going to work into performances because it affects us every single day, universal things that affect us, that is what art is; it’s an expression of how we feel and this set of 2020 is exactly that.’

Explaining that he wanted Diversity’s dance to express the ‘rollercoaster of emotions’ that he and the group have experienced this year, he then addressed the portion of the dance dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘The bit that was really seemed to connect with people and agitate, annoy and offend people was the fact that we stood up and said that racism is real and as far as we’re concerned it has to change so that we’re tolerant because Black Lives Matter.

‘Now, a lot of people were offended at the political nature of that statement, but that’s never what we intended, black lives mattered long before it was anything political or affiliated with one set of people with a statement.

What is Ofcom and what is due impartiality?

– The Office of Communications, known as Ofcom, is the government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the UK.

 – Ofcom has powers across the television, radio, telecoms and postal sector and all members of the public can complain to the body.

– Ofcom’s main decision making body is the Board, which provides strategic direction for the organisation. It has a Non-Executive Chairman, Executive Directors (including the Chief Executive), and Non-Executive Directors.

– The Executive runs the organisation and answers to the Board. The Ofcom Board meets at least once a month (with the exception of August). Agendas, summary notes and minutes are published regularly on the Ofcom website.

– Section Five of the Ofcom Broacasting Code is ‘due impartiality and due accuracy’. This is designed ‘to ensure that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality’.

– Special impartiality requirements relate to news and other programmes,  matters of political or industrial controversy and matters relating to current public policy

– This means: ‘Matters of political or industrial controversy are political or industrial issues on which politicians, industry and/or the media are in debate. Matters relating to current public policy need not be the subject of debate but relate to a policy under discussion or already decided by a local, regional or national government or by bodies mandated by those public bodies to make policy on their behalf, for example non-governmental organisations, relevant European institutions, etc.’

– Despite the controversial nature of the dance, Ofcom cleared the performance as: ‘There was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of black people matter.’

 

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‘Black Lives Matter is a fact. It is and always will be a fact. That’s what I stand by that’s what every single one of my team proudly standby and that’s why we included it in our summary of 2020.’ 

He praised how the Black Lives Matter movement has ‘made its way around the world’ and ‘started the conversation’ about racism across the globe.

‘I’m so glad that this performance has almost ignited the spark of that conversation to be continued again,’ he admitted. 

‘The fact that it was a medium like a dance and it was on a show like Britain’s Got Talent in the mainstream is so important. 

‘Families, schools, homes, friends are now having this conversation about something that is very real and affects so many people.

‘I’m proud, I’m happy and like I said I want to say thank you to everyone who supported us. I don’t want this conversation to end.’

Ashley concluded by reiterating his gratitude to followers who have stood by him and Diversity, and he ‘sent love’ to ‘every single one of you that’s thrown positive energy or negative energy at me and the group.’  

Planning: For the first time in the show's 13-year history, the semis have been pre-recorded, with the second show being filmed two weeks ago, before Diversity's BLM performance aired

Planning: For the first time in the show’s 13-year history, the semis have been pre-recorded, with the second show being filmed two weeks ago, before Diversity’s BLM performance aired

Britain’s Got Talent’s second semi-final pulled in 4.95 million viewers, just a week after its first show sparked backlash from viewers. 

Despite the controversy BGT only saw a decrease of 350,000 viewers on the previous week’s show when it returned to screens on Saturday. 

The numbers were still a strong showing for BGT, as it received more than double the viewership of its main rival in the slot, The Last Night of the Proms, which has faced its own controversy and only drew in 2.1 million viewers.

At its peak on Saturday, 5.7million viewers tuned into BGT.  

Last week’s BGT pulled in 5.3 million viewers, as the show returned to screens after the semi-finals were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the first time in the show’s 13-year history, the semis have been pre-recorded, with the second show being filmed two weeks ago, before Diversity’s BLM performance aired.   

Memorable: Diversity's BLM performance was met with mixed responses, with some calling out the display as making a 'political statement' and others hailing the dance as 'powerful'

Memorable: Diversity’s BLM performance was met with mixed responses, with some calling out the display as making a ‘political statement’ and others hailing the dance as ‘powerful’

Ashley’s wife Francesca took to social media to share her own thoughts on the negative reaction from some viewers, saying ‘shying away from issues’ is not the answer. 

Sharing clips from the performance, she wrote: ‘On Saturday @ashleybanjogram and @diversityofficial performed this routine on @bgt, 11 years after winning the show. To call this a ‘dance routine’ is an understatement to say the least.

‘This piece was a take on the unprecedented events of 2020, from Covid 19 to BLM, from clapping for carers as a nation to coming together in our own families and finding the light in the darkest of times.

‘Some may find this uncomfortable, may feel it inappropriate, but shying away from issues is not going to bring about the change that is so long overdue.’ 

She added: ‘Watching this I could not be prouder of my husband. 

‘Rose and Micah will watch this and when they are old enough to understand they will be proud that their Dad created something so poignant and used his voice to stand up for what is right. We are one race, the human race.’  

Response: Ashley wrote back, '1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable... Get used to it'

Response: Ashley wrote back, ‘1. You do not represent or speak for the Great British public. 2. Silence was never and will never be an option. 3. Change is inevitable… Get used to it’

During their performance, the dance group, who were dressed in riot gear, recited a viral poem about the BLM movement before going on to show a policemen placing a hand over Banjo’s throat as he lay on the ground to the song I Can’t Breathe.

Speaking after the performance Banjo told MailOnline: ‘This performance is extremely special to me and the rest of Diversity.  

‘2020 has been an incredible moment in history for both positive and negative reasons.  

‘We wanted to use the platform we’ve been given to make our voices heard, express how the events of this year have made us feel and think about how we might look back on them in the future… We call it hindsight 2020.’ 

Following the death of Floyd earlier this year thousands across the globe took to the streets calling for the officers involved to be jailed for their crime.  

Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged in June with second-degree murder while officers Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – were also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Statement: Ashley also wrote just hours after the performance aired, 'So much to say... But I'll Just let the performance talk...' after backlash from some viewers

Statement: Ashley also wrote just hours after the performance aired, ‘So much to say… But I’ll Just let the performance talk…’ after backlash from some viewers

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