Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologise for performing in blackface on their shows


LITTLE Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas tonight apologised for performing as characters of other races in comedy sketches.

The pair, who have seen their shows pulled from BBC iPlayer, Netflix and BritBox, each made statements on Twitter tonight.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams both issued apologies on Twitter tonight

Matt, 46, wrote: “David and I have both spoken publicly in recent years of our regret that we played characters of other races.

“Once again we want to make it clear that it was wrong and we are very sorry.”

David posted the same message, substituting his name for Matt’s.

Both Little Britain and Come Fly With Me are no longer available to watch on the online streaming sites amid the Black Lives Matter protests.

Matt playing coffee vendor Precious Little in 2010 sketch show Come Fly With Me

The pair performing alongside Rob Brydon in a sketch for Little Britain

The star said ‘it was wrong’ of them to play characters of other races

David shared an identical apology on Twitter, adding Matt’s name in place of his

Little Britain included characters including a black woman called Desiree DeVere and Thai bride Ting Tong.

Come Fly With Me saw Matt as Jamaican coffee stand worker Precious Little and a Pakistani airport worker called Taaj, while David played airline owner Omar Baba.

A spokesperson for the BBC explained the move, saying: “There’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review.

“Times have changed since Little Britain first aired so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer.”

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