Reggie Yates calls for more black stars on TV

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 May 2013
Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates

'The Voice' host Reggie Yates thinks it is "scary" there are so few black stars on prime-time television and admits he never expected to land such a high-profile show

Reggie Yates thinks it is "scary" there are so few black stars on prime-time television.

The 29-year-old presenter - who co-hosts the BBC's flagship Saturday night show 'The Voice' with Holly Willoughby - admits he never expected to front such a high-profile programme because "there's never been anyone" like him on mainstream popular TV.

He said: "There should be more on prime-time telly because it's a scary number, one.

"It's not something I ever thought I'd do because there's never been anyone like me -- a young black guy fronting a Saturday night programme.

"The only people I can look at aren't like me -- the Bruce Forsyths, Les Dennises or Michael Barrymores. I don't want to be that."

Reggie slammed the situation as "ridiculous" and also called for drama bosses to reflect the diverse UK population more in their casting, claiming US stars have a better chance of success in America.

He added to The Sun newspaper: "There's more opportunity in America -- and a bigger black audience.

"But what's to say there can't be more modern dramas that feature a broader spectrum?

"It's not just black people. We live in a multicultural country and it's ridiculous we're not doing more to reflect our lives on TV."

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