Strictly judge urges viewers to forgive him

Craig Revel Horwood insists Anton Du Beke is not racist.

Nearly 1,000 viewers complained after the Strictly Come Dancing professional called his partner Laila Rouass a ‘Paki’.

‘I’ve known Anton for years and years and years, and he’s not a racist,’ says Craig.

‘I’ve never heard him say anything like that before and it’s so unlike him.

‘He’s such a nice bloke and I think this is a case of something being taken out of context and snowballing into a massive thing.’

Craig, 44, is urging the public to follow Laila’s example and forgive Anton.

‘Anton has apologised and Laila accepted it,’ adds Craig. ‘So I think we all just need to move on.’

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Hanna Flint