By Katie Hind Showbusiness Editor For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:25 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 22:26 BST, 12 September 2020
Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon has said she will quit the show if ITV apologises over a Black Lives Matter-inspired dance.
Sources on the show say the 41-year-old is firmly against bosses taking anything other than a supportive stance over the politically charged performance by Diversity last weekend.
The routine, which recreated the killing in the US of George Floyd in May, has so far led to more than 15,500 complaints to Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator.
The Mail on Sunday understands that ITV considered offering an apology to viewers who had been offended by the dance, but not for screening it.
Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon,41, has said she will quit the show if ITV apologises over a Black Lives Matter-inspired dance
But Ms Dixon, who has spoken publicly about being subjected to racism, told friends that ITV should not offer an apology and would consider her role on the show if it did.
In the performance, Diversity’s choreographer Ashley Banjo – who is also sitting in as a judge for the injured Simon Cowell – is pinned down as a white ‘police officer’ kneels on his neck.
He later said the routine was intended to ‘express how the events of this year have made us feel’.
In the performance, Diversity’s