ITV apologises over use of offensive symbol during #SaturdayNightTakeaway

Ant and Dec were back on hand to host another edition of Saturday Night Takeaway this weekend, with celebrities and studio guests getting involved in the mayhem. Although much of the show was enjoyed by viewers of the hit ITV entertainment show, there was one particular segment which has caused some controversy since the episode broadcast. In light of the backlash, the broadcaster has issued an apology for any offence caused and have taken action to rectify the issue.

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The End of the Show Show is one of the programme’s most beloved features, with the hosts joining a celebrity or groups of performers to give the audience a mind-blowing conclusion to the evening.

Last night, it was the turn of chart-topping singer Anne-Marie, 28, to take to the stage and close the show.

Dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono for the anime-themed routine, the guest was joined by Ant and Dec decked out in martial arts costumes.

However, the pair were both wearing headbands which displayed the Japanese Rising Sun flag, a symbol which was used for propaganda in World War II and is closely associated with the Imperial Japanese military.

Addressing the error, the broadcaster has since issued a statement in which they apologised for the use of offensive imagery.

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Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway issues apologyAnt and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: ITV apologises over use of offensive symbol (Image: ITV)

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An ITV spokesperson explained to Metro: “We apologise for any offence caused during the End of the Show Show by the costumes worn.

“This was clearly unintended and we have taken steps to re-edit that

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