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Du Beke on-air apology for remark

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Anton du Beke: "It was a stupid thing to do, a stupid thing to say"

Strictly Come Dancing performer Anton du Beke has apologised on air after making a racist remark to dance partner Laila Rouass.

The 43-year-old appeared on spin-off show It Takes Two to say sorry, saying he was "mortified".

Du Beke said he wanted to "reiterate my apology from last weekend to Laila, to everybody on the show really and to everybody who watches the show".

Rouass told the same show that she wanted to "move on" from the row.

Du Beke said he felt "embarrassed, I feel stupid as well.

"It was a stupid thing to do. Now people are talking about that when they should be talking about the show, the great show that it is, and as I say I'm mortified about it completely and Laila has been quite remarkably wonderful."

It's just such a shame that this is happened and we want to move on
Laila Rouass

Du Beke sparked outrage when it emerged he had called Rouass a "Paki" when she attended rehearsals wearing fake tan.

His comments prompted 487 complaints from viewers.

Rouass said: "I've just had such a great four weeks. I just don't want it to end.

"Apart from the dancing he's taught me how to be gracious and how to laugh at silly things and we've just had such a great time and I want it to carry on - it's just such a shame that this is happened and we want to move on."

Rouass, whose parents are Moroccan, has previously said that she had accepted her dance partner's apology and that she did not believe he should be sacked from the dance show.

The BBC has said it is standing by Du Beke because he has apologised for his remarks.

A statement said: "The BBC does not condone offensive language in the workplace. Anton Du Beke has apologised unreservedly to Laila Rouass who has accepted his apology."



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