class=”article-main channel-3am” data-mod=”articleSso,converse,horizontalSwipe,trackScrollDepth” data-url=”https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/harry-hills-wife-hits-back-13608369″ data-converse=”data-converse”>CelebsHarry Hill’s wife in race row as she hits back over all-white line-up for charity gig criticism
A black comedian noticed that there wasn’t a single BAME person on the 23-person bill – but Harry’s wife thinks its unfair criticism
- 14:18, 18 NOV 2018
- Updated14:28, 18 NOV 2018
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Harry Hill was called out on Twitter for having an all-white line-up for a charity comedy night he was putting on – but his wife has hit back saying it wasn’t as black-and-white as it seemed.
Comedian Lolly Adefope tweeted her surprise at seeing an advert for Comedians Sing The Christmas Hits, due to play at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre next month, and the fact all of the 23 performers were white.
She said: "Someone’s dreaming of a white Christmas ", in reference to the fact there wasn’t a single BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) person on the bill.
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But last night, Harry’s’s wife Magda Archer said her husband had gone out of his way to get black and Asian stars for the event.
She said: "The fact is that he asked people of colour who could not do it. In fact one person had to drop out. When they say no what is he going to do?"
Magda also said that Twitter followers had been "unfair" about the situation.
"‘The thing is there are people who are at a loose end, who spent a little bit of time mucking about on Twitter.
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"It started off as a bit of a laugh and I think they have come to realise that they have created something that is totally untrue and unfair actually.
"I think it is some of these people, who are stoking the fire, they really do need to watch what they say, use their time more carefully.
"At the end of the day it is a huge accusation… there is a lot of stuff on Twitter that is just not nice stuff."
Jason Manford then stepped in to defend Harry too: "It was harsh to call out the all-white line-up. In fairness to Harry, I know for a fact that he asked a lot of his pals of different heritage but people said no, and these are the folks who said yes and didn’t cancel.
"I know Omid was scheduled but now isn’t able to. I take your point but it does seem a little harsh."
A spokesperson for Harry said that conversations about the line-up were continuing.
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