Ashley Banjo, the star of Dancing On Ice, says the routine of diversity caused “divide”.

Ashley Banjo, a judge at Dancing On Ice, says his “Black Lives Matter” routine with diversity has created “divisions” within his family.

The 32-year-old dancer spoke about his family’s reaction to the controversial British Got Talent routine in a new interview.

The member of the diversity troupe says that the routine caused a certain “negativity” in his own family.


Ashley Banjo says some of his family members wondered if the diversity routine was “necessary” (Credit: SplashNews).

The diversity routine created a nationwide divide

To speak to Daily starHe revealed, “Even among my own family and friends, the performance sparked conversation.

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“There were some negative things about my family. There was division. “

And while he said his family members disagreed with the routine – some asked if it was necessary.

But he stands by the powerful performance, even though some people he once knew haven’t spoken to him since it aired.

Ashley Banjo with his family
Ashley with his wife and one of their two children (Credit: SplashNews)

Ofcom chose not to investigate

The routine was performed on Britain’s Got Talent last September.

The diversity led viewers through an extremely emotional routine that covered the Black Lives Matter movement, the coronavirus pandemic, and the lockdown.

The service triggered over 25,000 complaints at Ofcom.

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However, the watchdog released an official statement that they would not conduct an investigation.

Ashley Banjo Bgt performance
Ashley during the Diversity BGT Performance (Credit: ITV)

What did ITV say?

As ITV stated, “Britain’s Got Talent has always been an inclusive show that showcases diversity and encourages strong storytelling in all forms.

“ITV is behind the decision to transfer the diversity service to BGT.

“Ashley and the group are a great example of the talent, creativity and diversity of modern Britain. Their performance was an authentic, heartfelt response to many of the problems and events that shaped society in 2020.”

Meanwhile, Ashley discussed the complaints with Lorraine Kelly last year.

Ashley Banjo with Bgt Judges Christmas Special
Diversity star Ashley with the BGT judges at Christmas (Photo credit: Syco / ITV)

When he appeared in Lorraine, he said: “There have been many positive things. Lots of incredible range.

“It became a really important moment for racial relations in this country.”

He also said: “I am proud of these complaints, Lorraine.

“Because it takes people on both sides of this argument to speak.”

Meanwhile, Ashley recently defended Dancing On Ice candidate Rufus Hound.

The 41-year-old comedian hit the government over the free school meal debacle when he won the “Golden Ticket” on the show last weekend.

Speak with metroAshley defended his actions by saying, “I’ve said this before, he’s a comedian.

“He is an intelligent and emotional man who uses the real world to form an opinion. We all do that. “

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