Clara Amfo replaces Reggie Yates on Christmas Top of the Pops

Clara Amfo

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Clara Amfo pronounced she was “honoured” to be hosting the iconic music show

BBC Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo is to reinstate Reggie Yates on BBC One’s Top of the Pops Christmas and New Year specials.

Yates stepped down from the shows on Monday after making “ill-considered remarks” in a podcast.

He apologised last month for using the word “fat Jewish guy” to impute to managers in the music industry.

Yates has co-hosted the gratifying shows with Fearne Cotton given 2004, but his place will now be taken by Amfo, who hosts Radio 1’s mid-morning programme.

“I’m so happy and celebrated to be presenting Top of the Pops alongside Fearne,” she pronounced in a statement.

“It’s an iconic show that I’ve grown up with and continue to enjoy watching, generally during the gratifying season. 2017 has been a abounding year in cocktail and we can’t wait to applaud it with the artists, Fearne and everybody at home.”

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Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates have been a Christmas TOTP double act for 13 years

The Christmas Day book will underline stars including Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and The Script.

Craig David, Bastille and Paloma Faith will seem in the New Year special.

On Monday, Yates tweeted to contend he had “taken the decision to step down” from his hosting duties and apologised “unreservedly to the Jewish community”.

He pronounced his difference “reinforced descent stereotypes” and that the criticism was “no thoughtfulness on how we truly feel”.

He used the offending word in the Halfcast Podcast, hosted by DJ Chuckie Lothian, while praising artists who chose to sojourn exclusively managed, adding: “They’re managed by their brethren.”

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