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She never puts a foot wrong in the style stakes and is regularly on the front row of the world’s hottest fashion shows.

And Olivia Palermo cut a stylish figure in a camel coat and leather thigh-high boots as she took her pet dog for a walk in Dumbo, New York, on Wednesday. 

The fashionista, 34, headed out for breath of fresh air and stopped for a quick bite to eat with Nicky Hilton.

Puppy love: Olivia Palermo cut a stylish figure in a camel coat and leather thigh-high boots as she took her pet dog for a walk in Dumbo, New York, on Wednesday

Puppy love: Olivia Palermo cut a stylish figure in a camel coat and leather thigh-high boots as she took her pet dog for a walk in Dumbo, New York, on Wednesday

Underneath her elegant coat, Olivia wore a white pleated shirt buttoned up to the collar. 

She paired the ensemble with vinyl leggings and thigh-high boots that featured a zip running down the centre. 

Olivia styled her caramel tresses in a straight ‘do and opted for a minimal make-up look that highlighted her radiant glow. 

The fashion influencer kept a low profile in black shades that framed her face and donned a violet face mask. 

Walking the pooch: The fashionista, 34, looked impeccable as she strutted through New York city for a breath of fresh air

Walking the pooch: The fashionista, 34, looked impeccable as she strutted through New York city for a breath of fresh air

Later on in the day, she met with the Hilton heiress, 36, to grab lunch at Sant Ambroeus. 

Olivia switched up her style as she donned an oversized jumper in a chestnut hue and patent brogues. 

She tucked her luscious locks away in a sleek bun and rocked a Birkin tote bag with a vibrant scarf wrapped around the handle. 

Nicky turned heads in black and white striped skinny jeans and a black top. 

Stylish: Underneath her chic coat, Olivia wore a white pleated shirt, buttoned up to the collar

Staying protected: The fashion influencer kept a low profile in black shades and donned a violet facemask

These boots are made for walkin’: She paired the ensemble with vinyl leggings and thigh-high boots that featured a zip running down the centre

Natural beauty: The former The City star styled her caramel tresses in a straight 'do and opted for a minimal make-up look that highlighted her radiant glow

Natural beauty: The former The City star styled her caramel tresses in a straight ‘do and opted for a minimal make-up look that highlighted her radiant glow

Fashionista: Later on in the day Olivia met with Hilton heiress Nicky Hilton, 36, to grab lunch at Sant Ambroeus

Fashionista: Later on in the day Olivia met with Hilton heiress Nicky Hilton, 36, to grab lunch at Sant Ambroeus

Quick change: Olivia switched up her style as she donned an oversized jumper in a chestnut hue and patent brogues

Quick change: Olivia switched up her style as she donned an oversized jumper in a chestnut hue and patent brogues

Her black leather trench coat draped over her shoulders as she sashayed through the city in matching stilettos.  

For the final touch, Nicky donned a stone-grey snakeskin face mask and intricate silver jewellery that was on full display as she carried her black barrel bag.

The socialite styled left her windswept tresses in a natural straight style and opted for a natural makeup look.  

The fashionable duo removed their face masks as they giggled and sipped on wine in the outdoor seating area of the establishment. 

So chic: She tucked her luscious locks away in a sleek bun, and rocked a Birkin tote bag with a vibrant scarf wrapped around the handle

So chic: She tucked her luscious locks away in a sleek bun, and rocked a Birkin tote bag with a vibrant scarf wrapped around the handle

Finishing touches: As they sat down for lunch, Olivia displayed her brown smokey eye makeup and perfectly preened scarlet manicure

Finishing touches: As they sat down for lunch, Olivia displayed her brown smokey eye makeup and perfectly preened scarlet manicure

Effortless: The socialite styled left her windswept tresses in a natural straight style and opted for a natural makeup look

Beetlejuice: Nicky turned heads in black and white striped skinny jeans and a black top

Statement piece: Nicky’s black leather trench coat draped over her shoulders as she sashayed through the city in matching stilettos

Arm candy: The mother-of-two donned a stone-grey snakeskin face mask and intricate silver jewellery that was on full display as she carried her black barrel bag

Arm candy: The mother-of-two donned a stone-grey snakeskin face mask and intricate silver jewellery that was on full display as she carried her black barrel bag

Olivia has also been actively advising her 6.4 million Instagram followers to ‘wear a damn mask’ or ‘scarf, or like me a combination of both!’   

She said on social media in August: ‘However you choose to style your mask, wear one that covers your mouth and nose to help protect yourself and others.’

Olivia rose to fame starring alongside Whitney Port in The City, a New York-based spin-off of the popular MTV reality program, The Hills. 

She has been married to German model Johannes Huebl, 42, since 2014.

Girls day out: The fashionable duo removed their face masks as they giggled and sipped on wine in the outdoor seating area of the establishment

Girls day out: The fashionable duo removed their face masks as they giggled and sipped on wine in the outdoor seating area of the establishment

Stay safe! Olivia has also been actively advising her 6.4 million Instagram followers to 'wear a damn mask' or 'scarf, or like me a combination of both!'

Stay safe! Olivia has also been actively advising her 6.4 million Instagram followers to ‘wear a damn mask’ or ‘scarf, or like me a combination of both!’

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The West Wing reunion: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney pictured filming again

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It was revealed last month that The West Wing cast will reunite for the first time in 17 years, for a HBO Max special – to benefit Michelle Obama’s non-profit organisation When We All Vote – with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

Now, filming of the much-anticipated reunion episode is underway, as original cast members Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, Dulé Hill and more were pictured dressed in character, while on location in Los Angeles last Friday. 

However, rather than a brand new episode, the one-off special will actually be a theatrical stage presentation of a previous episode, the will stream on HBO Max.  

The beloved Aaron Sorkin political drama aired on NBC from 1999 to 2006 for seven seasons and 156 episodes, with Sheen, 80, playing the fictional Democratic president Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet.  

Current climate: Rob Lowe is seen on set reprising his role as Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director to Toby Ziegler

Current climate: Rob Lowe is seen on set reprising his role as Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director to Toby Ziegler

They're back! Allison Janney and Martin Sheen are seen filming a special episode of The West Wing for HBO Max on Friday in Los Angeles

They're back! Allison Janney and Martin Sheen are seen filming a special episode of The West Wing for HBO Max on Friday in Los Angeles

They’re back! Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Rob Lowe are seen filming a special episode of The West Wing for HBO Max on Friday in Los Angeles 

Both Sheen and Janney, 60, were pictured wearing face shields while filming, as other members of the crew wore additional facial coverings, abiding by strict socially distancing rules for filming crews in LA.

Meanwhile, Lowe, 56, was also seen reprising his role as Sam Seaborn, the Deputy Communications Director to Toby Ziegler (played by Richard Schiff.)

Lowe posted a picture of himself on Instagram over the weekend which showed him reading through his lines for the show, along with the caption ‘Prepping for tomorrow.’

Also joining the returning ensemble cast were actors Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney, and Mary McCormack.

Janney is reprising her role as Press Secretary C.J. Cregg, Whitford as Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman, and Hill as Charlie Young, who went on to become the Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. 

Some political commentators have pointed out striking similarities between Sheen’s Bartlet and the current Democratic candidate Joe Biden, making the special episode all the more pertinent to the current political climate. 

Reunited! Actors Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney film scenes for the much anticipated new episode

Reunited! Actors Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney film scenes for the much anticipated new episode

Reunited! Actors Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney film scenes for the much anticipated new episode

Safety first: Richard Schiff and Allison Janney are seen standing next to hand sanitizer stations while on set

Safety first: Richard Schiff and Allison Janney are seen standing next to hand sanitizer stations while on set

Reprisal: Allison is back as tough-talking Press Secretary C.J. Cregg

Reprisal: Allison is back as tough-talking Press Secretary C.J. Cregg

Safety first: Richard Schiff and Allison Janney are seen standing next to hand sanitizer stations while on set 

Sorkin is producing the special, which also brings back actors Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, and Bradley Whitford.

It was originally reported that the episode will be shot under COVID Safe Way Forward Protocols, and it appears that the cast and crew are taking the guidelines seriously. 

During filming, the actors were pictured standing next to hand sanitizer stations. Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering.  

New rules: Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering

New rules: Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering

Keeping it covered: All the actors were seen wearing face shields as they begun filming the new episode

Keeping it covered: All the actors were seen wearing face shields as they begun filming the new episode

New rules: Since lockdown in Hollywood, there have been instructions for every element of production including the setup of production offices, location scouting, travel, castings and catering

Power walk: Bradley Whitford, 60, is seen charging towards the set of the show

Power walk: Bradley Whitford, 60, is seen charging towards the set of the show

Power walk: Bradley Whitford, 60, is seen charging towards the set of the show

Producers hope to raise awareness for When We All Vote, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization co-chaired by Michelle Obama, who will also be sharing a special message to be aired during the show.

The series – following the highly-strung personal lives of presidential advisers – was critically acclaimed and loved by the Emmys, picking up a total of 27 awards.

Sheen’s Democratic President Jed was the dominant character as he weathered scandals and threats.

The series was produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Comfort: Oscar-winner Allison Janney was pictured wearing a pair of old sneakers underneath her grey power suit

Comfort: Oscar-winner Allison Janney was pictured wearing a pair of old sneakers underneath her grey power suit

In-demand: Allison is certainly one of the busiest stars from the series, as she is also currently filming her hit CBS show Mom

In-demand: Allison is certainly one of the busiest stars from the series, as she is also currently filming her hit CBS show Mom

Comfort: Oscar-winner Allison Janney was pictured wearing a pair of old sneakers underneath her grey power suit

The gang is back together again: Dulé Hill is reprising his role of Charlie Young, who started out in the show as the Personal Aide to the President and later a Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

The gang is back together again: Dulé Hill is reprising his role of Charlie Young, who started out in the show as the Personal Aide to the President and later a Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Precautions: Hill, 45, was seen vigorously sanitizing his hands as he took a break from filming

Precautions: Hill, 45, was seen vigorously sanitizing his hands as he took a break from filming

The gang is back together again: Dulé Hill is reprising his role of Charlie Young, who started out in the show as the Personal Aide to the President and later a Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff

Ready for questions: Janney was pictured in character as Press Secretary C.J.

Ready for questions: Janney was pictured in character as Press Secretary C.J.

Safety: The actors all appeared to be wearing ZShield™ by ZVerse, products that are made in the US

Safety: The actors all appeared to be wearing ZShield™ by ZVerse, products that are made in the US

Safety: The actors all appeared to be wearing ZShield™ by ZVerse, products that are made in the US

Pictured: Mary McCormack (right) as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing (2004–06)

Pictured: Mary McCormack (right) as Deputy National Security Adviser Kate Harper in The West Wing (2004–06)

An important message: The West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is being produced with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

An important message: The West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is being produced with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

An important message: The West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote is being produced with hopes of inspiring people to vote in the 2020 election

Sorkin – who is writing the original material for the event – released a statement last month saying: ‘Tommy (director Thomas Schlamme) and I are incredibly excited to be getting The West Wing cast back together for this staged reading and to support When We All Vote in their efforts to get all of us involved in this election.’ 

‘With A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote, we are excited to revisit this legendary series and offer our passionate fans something that is substantial, meaningful and unforgettable, while also promoting an important message for our time,’ said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max. 

Ready for it: Over the weekend, actor Rob Lowe posted this Instagram snap of himself reading his lines for the new episode

Ready for it: Over the weekend, actor Rob Lowe posted this Instagram snap of himself reading his lines for the new episode

Back together: The cast of the hit TV series West Wing is coming back for the first time in 17 years for a good cause. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October and will air on HBO Max

Back together: The cast of the hit TV series West Wing is coming back for the first time in 17 years for a good cause. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October and will air on HBO Max

Back together: The cast of the hit TV series West Wing is coming back for the first time in 17 years for a good cause. A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote will be filmed at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in early October and will air on HBO Max

‘Combined with WarnerMedia’s donation to When We All Vote, this special not only entertains, but also help ensure the organization can carry forth its mission to increase voter participation in every election.’

HBO Max is also working on an unscripted reunion special of Friends which has been delayed many times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the weekend, actor Bradley Whitford reunited with his West Wing co-stars Janel Moloney and Dulé Hill, as he waited to hear if he’d won at the Emmy Awards. 

However, Whitford lost out on his performance in The Handmaid’s Tale to Billy Crudup for The Morning Show. 

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Love Island’s Rebecca Gormley defends herself after she was accused of ‘blackfishing’

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Rebecca Gormley has defended herself after she was criticised for styling her hair in braids, which some of her followers claimed was ‘black fishing’.

The Love Island star, 20, proudly showcased her new hairstyle in a picture with her boyfriend Biggs Chris, however she was quickly accused of cultural appropriation.

Fans were left unimpressed that she was sporting a hairstyle typically worn by black women, and took to the comments section to express their disapproval.

Having her say: Rebecca Gormley has defended herself after she was criticised for styling her hair in braids, which some of her followers claimed was 'black fishing'

Having her say: Rebecca Gormley has defended herself after she was criticised for styling her hair in braids, which some of her followers claimed was 'black fishing'

Having her say: Rebecca Gormley has defended herself after she was criticised for styling her hair in braids, which some of her followers claimed was ‘black fishing’

Blackfishing is a term used when someone adopts makeup or hair stylings to appear like they have black heritage.

One person wrote underneath a picture of her sporting the braids: ‘Hunny cultural appropriation looks so good on you must be why you continue to do it #pleasestop.’

While another said: ‘Girl you can’t wear that hairstyle…’

Another said: ‘I’d rethink the hair.’

Latest post: The Love Island star, 20, proudly showcased her new hairstyle in a picture with her boyfriend Biggs Chris, however she was quickly accused of cultural appropriation

Latest post: The Love Island star, 20, proudly showcased her new hairstyle in a picture with her boyfriend Biggs Chris, however she was quickly accused of cultural appropriation

Latest post: The Love Island star, 20, proudly showcased her new hairstyle in a picture with her boyfriend Biggs Chris, however she was quickly accused of cultural appropriation

However some of her followers supported her decision, with one writing: ‘I don’t understand the hate. If she appreciates the beauty of your culture and supports it, why are y’all so mad?’ 

After noticing the comments and receiving some private messages about her style choice, Rebecca took to her Stories to defend the choice.

She said: ‘So I’ve been going through my requests and I’ve got loads of awful messages which I don’t think is fair at all. 

‘I’ve had messages saying I’m being disrespectful to people’s culture because of my hair but I wear braids all the time, just because I’ve got a few more braids downs meant I’m being disrespectful.’

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Unimpressed: Fans were left unimpressed that she was sporting a hairstyle typically worn by black women, and took to the comments section to express their disapproval

Unimpressed: Fans were left unimpressed that she was sporting a hairstyle typically worn by black women, and took to the comments section to express their disapproval

Unimpressed: Fans were left unimpressed that she was sporting a hairstyle typically worn by black women, and took to the comments section to express their disapproval

‘I don’t want to hurt anyone I’m just being myself, I’m doing me. I’m literally just doing me. I had to get someone else to do it, because I can’t do it as good as this. Have you seen it they’re unreal.

‘Also thank you to everyone who has been sending me lovely messages and being so kind, I really appreciate it and I love you all.’

Her beau Biggs then chimed in, and said: ‘Just a quick one guys, I’m sorry, basically my point is if a young white boy came to me and said Biggs I like your hair and I want that. I should be happy because I’ve got something he wants. He’s appreciating the culture. I’d be worried if he said urgh I don’t want that. It’s 2020, it’s different.’

Support: However some of her followers supported her decision, with one writing: 'I don't understand the hate. If she appreciates the beauty of your culture and supports it, why are y'all so mad?'

Support: However some of her followers supported her decision, with one writing: 'I don't understand the hate. If she appreciates the beauty of your culture and supports it, why are y'all so mad?'

Support: However some of her followers supported her decision, with one writing: ‘I don’t understand the hate. If she appreciates the beauty of your culture and supports it, why are y’all so mad?’

Confused: After noticing the comments and receiving some private messages about her style choice, Rebecca took to her Stories to defend the choice

Confused: After noticing the comments and receiving some private messages about her style choice, Rebecca took to her Stories to defend the choice

Confused: After noticing the comments and receiving some private messages about her style choice, Rebecca took to her Stories to defend the choice

Rebecca said: ‘I think it’s nice if you want to embrace other’s culture.’

It comes a couple of weeks after Rebecca was accused of cultural appropriation when she took part in a Native American themed photo shoot.

She posted a series of photos on her Instagram showing her in the costume and posing alongside a horse.

In the pictures, Rebecca sported a fringe coat, headdress with feathers, traditional Native American jewellery and holding a long totem pole.

Discussing the shoot, Rebecca added: ‘Coming to the photo shoot that I did with the horse, I apologise if anyone felt any upset or hurt, I didn’t want to hurt with anyone, it was just generally a photo shoot. I do modelling that’s what I do, I didn’t mean to intentionally hurt anyone.’ 

Her beau Biggs then chimed in, and said: 'Just a quick one guys, I'm sorry, basically my point is if a young white boy came to me and said Biggs I like your hair and I want that. I should be happy because I've got something he wants'

Her beau Biggs then chimed in, and said: 'Just a quick one guys, I'm sorry, basically my point is if a young white boy came to me and said Biggs I like your hair and I want that. I should be happy because I've got something he wants'

Her beau Biggs then chimed in, and said: ‘Just a quick one guys, I’m sorry, basically my point is if a young white boy came to me and said Biggs I like your hair and I want that. I should be happy because I’ve got something he wants’

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Britain’s Got Talent racks up 1,675 complaints after Alesha Dixon’s Black Lives Matter necklace

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The most recent episode of Britain’s Got Talent has racked up 1,675 Ofcom complaints, after Alesha Dixon was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter necklace.

Show judge Alesha, 42, sparked controversy on Saturday’s pre-recorded BGT semi-final as she donned the statement jewellery, one week after Diversity’s BLM-inspired dance routine was also subject to an avalanche of complaints.

However, while Alesha’s choice of jewellery left some viewers disgruntled, the number of complains pales in comparison to the 24,500 filed following Diversity’s performance the week before.

Complaints: The most recent episode of Britain's Got Talent has racked up 1,675 Ocfom complaints, after Alesha Dixon was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter necklace

Complaints: The most recent episode of Britain's Got Talent has racked up 1,675 Ocfom complaints, after Alesha Dixon was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter necklace

Complaints: The most recent episode of Britain’s Got Talent has racked up 1,675 Ocfom complaints, after Alesha Dixon was seen wearing a Black Lives Matter necklace

Statement jewellery: The judge was seen sporting the statement jewellery on Saturday

Statement jewellery: The judge was seen sporting the statement jewellery on Saturday

 Statement jewellery: The judge was seen sporting the statement jewellery on Saturday

An Ofcom spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.’

After she was shown on the ITV show wearing the BLM necklace, Alesha hit back at critics as she showed off her jewellery item in an Instagram video posted on Sunday. 

It comes after ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints continued to roll in over the groups BLM-inspired routine.

Taking to her Instagram on Sunday, to share some behind-the-scenes shots of her outfit on Saturday’s show, Alesha defiantly showed off the statement jewellery. 

Posting a video of herself getting her make-up done, the judge slowly zoomed in on the three-tier gold necklace with the large letters BLM on it.

Alesha’s stylist, Laury Smith, also shared snaps of the star’s outfit to her own Instagram account revealing that she wore items of jewellery by Hannah Martin, MAM Originals and Veiled Rebel.

Defiant: The 42-year-old beauty hit back at critics as she defiantly showed off her Black Lives Matter necklace in a new Instagram video posted on Sunday

Defiant: The 42-year-old beauty hit back at critics as she defiantly showed off her Black Lives Matter necklace in a new Instagram video posted on Sunday

Defiant: The 42-year-old beauty hit back at critics as she defiantly showed off her Black Lives Matter necklace in a new Instagram video posted on Sunday

It is not known which brand created the necklace and whether Alesha had it made bespoke for the ITV talent show.

On Saturday’s episode, the judge appeared on the pre-recorded semi-final in a bright yellow dress and a gold necklace which featured a BLM pendant.

It comes as ITV ‘stood with Diversity’ as they featured adverts in national newspapers in support of the controversial Black Lives Matter-inspired Britain’s Got Talent dance, which featured earlier in the series.

Alesha wore an off-shoulder yellow dress featuring a ruffle hem for the show, but all eyes were on her statement necklace.

Jewellery: Taking to her Instagram on Sunday, to share some behind-the-scenes shots of her outfit on Saturday's show, Alesha showed off the statement jewellery

Jewellery: Taking to her Instagram on Sunday, to share some behind-the-scenes shots of her outfit on Saturday's show, Alesha showed off the statement jewellery

Jewellery: Taking to her Instagram on Sunday, to share some behind-the-scenes shots of her outfit on Saturday’s show, Alesha showed off the statement jewellery 

Sparking controversy: The star sparked controversy when she was seen sporting the necklace

Sparking controversy: The star sparked controversy when she was seen sporting the necklace

Sparking controversy: The star sparked controversy when she was seen sporting the necklace 

ITV are believed to have spent around £260,000 on the newspaper ads with full-page monochrome pieces in The Metro costing £36,461 and £27,700 in The Mirror.

MailOnline has contacted a representative for ITV for comment. 

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

Fellow judge Ashley Banjo, 31, also shared his gratitude with ITV for standing by Diversity over their Black Lives Matter-inspired performance.

Making a statement: It comes after ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints reach 24,500 over the groups BLM-inspired routine. Ashley Banjo pictured

Making a statement: It comes after ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints reach 24,500 over the groups BLM-inspired routine. Ashley Banjo pictured

Making a statement: It comes after ITV rolled out full-page ads in solidarity with Diversity as Ofcom complaints reach 24,500 over the groups BLM-inspired routine. Ashley Banjo pictured

The poster showed a poignant black and white image of Ashley 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.’

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.’

Diversity star Jordan Banjo, 27, who features in the dance troupe with his brother Ashley, also shared a picture of the ITV advert to his Instagram stories on Saturday.

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

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

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

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.

‘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. 

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

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

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

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

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

‘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’. 

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.  

Support: Diversity star Jordan Banjo, 27, who features in the dance troupe with brother Ashley, also shared a picture of the ITV advert to his Instagram stories

Support: Diversity star Jordan Banjo, 27, who features in the dance troupe with brother Ashley, also shared a picture of the ITV advert to his Instagram stories

Support: Diversity star Jordan Banjo, 27, who features in the dance troupe with brother Ashley, also shared a picture of the ITV advert to his Instagram stories

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.

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

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

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

‘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.’ 

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

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.’ 

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. 

Decision: A spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken on Thursday for Diversity's BLM-inspired routine

Decision: A spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken on Thursday for Diversity's BLM-inspired routine

Decision: A spokesperson for the government-approved regulatory body confirmed to MailOnline no action will be taken on Thursday for Diversity’s BLM-inspired routine 

‘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.’ 

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.

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'

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’

‘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.’

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

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

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?  

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

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

‘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.

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

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

‘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.      

‘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.’  

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'

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’

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