Trisha Goddard 'shocked' by Ant and Dec 2003 blackface sketch: 'How undiverse'

Trisha Goddard has admitted that she was shocked at the decision Ant and Dec took to perform in blackface in 2003.

The former chat show star has spoken out against the sketch, which featured in an episode of Saturday Night Takeaway.

During the episode, the Geordie stars attempted to prank an Emmerdale cast member by pretending to be two Jamaican women.

Speaking to MailOnline, Trisha said that she was above all ‘alarmed’ that the duo thought they could ‘trick people’ into thinking they were black.

‘Ant and Dec, I remember when I first saw that and it wasn’t that long ago. I was like what? What are you? The fact that you’re doing this…’ she shared.

‘Do you genuinely think you can trick people into believing – as it was for a You’ve Been Framed type thing – I thought how undiverse.’

Trisha continued: ‘Nowhere along the line did someone because there was no one there to do that.’

The controversy re-surfaced earlier this month, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests against the death of George Floyd in the US.

Ant and Dec issued an apology in the wake of the backlash against the sketch, and ITV confirmed that it will no longer appear on reruns or on the show’s YouTube channel.

In a statement, the pair said: ‘During past episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway, we impersonated people of colour in the undercover segment of the show.

‘We realise that this was wrong and want to say that we are sincerely sorry to everyone that was offended.

‘We purposely stopped doing this several years ago and certainly would not make these sketches today.’ 

It continued: ‘We had already taken steps to ensure footage was taken down, and have again recently confirmed with ITV that these segments, and any other historical content that could cause offence, does not appear on either the ITV hub or the Saturday Night Takeaway YouTube channel.’ 

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