BBC drop Thatcher over ‘golliwog’ slur

The BBC has said it has no further plans to use Carol Thatcher as a contributor on The One Show after she referred to a tennis player as a ‘golliwog’.

The daughter of the former Prime Minister made the remark after filming last Thursday during a conversation with the show’s presenter Adrian Chiles and several guests.

She was immediately challenged about the remark, but only apologised on Monday and dismissed the comment as a ‘joke’.

Thatcher, crowned Queen of the Jungle in the 2005 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, is a regular contributor to the magazine show, and the programme’s website praises “her dry, self-deprecating wit and tenacious spirit”.

The BBC is considering its next steps on the matter, but it is understood Thatcher will not be asked to work on the show again until she acknowledges that using the word ‘golliwog’ is unacceptable even when apparently in jest.

A spokesman for the corporation said: “There are no confirmed plans for Carol to be working on the One Show at the present time.

“It’s a very pressing matter for the BBC to get resolved and we are working as hard as we can to do so.”

The remark was made during a conversation about the Australian Open tennis tournament, in reference to a player who had recently been knocked out of the men’s singles draw.

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