Jeremy Vine hit with Ofcom complaints over Prince Philip funeral race baiting accusations – Mirror Online

Jeremy Vine has been slapped with 139 Ofcom complaints after Channel 5 viewers accused the presenter of ‘race baiting’.

Last week, the 55-year-old television presenter asked a guest on his show whether it was a ‘problem’ that the 30 attendees at Prince Philip’s funeral were white.

However, it appears that most viewers of the show actually thought the biggest problem was the question that he had posed.

According to Metro, Ofcom has since confirmed that the show has received 139 official complaints to the broadcast regulator about the episode.

It was during the show, that aired following Prince Philip’s death, Vine asked a guest on the show whether the lack of diversity at the late Prince’s funeral was an issue.

Jeremy vine to face Ofcom investigation after "race-batting" complaints

Jeremy vine to face Ofcom investigation after “race-batting” complaints
(Image: Channel 5)

“Just on another point Shay, you’ve just made me think of this because of your lovely greeting to ‘the very diverse communities in this brilliant country”, Jeremy said.

“We are going to see a group of 30 people who are going to be at this very restricted funeral.

” He added: “I’m imagining it will be 30 people who are white. I’m just trying to think whether there’s anybody of colour in there and I don’t think so. Do you think that’s a problem?’

Jeremy's guest said she didn't think the diversity of the guests was a problem

Jeremy’s guest said she didn’t think the diversity of the guests was a problem
(Image: Channel 5)

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Jeremy’s guest on the show, Shay Grewal, responded: “No I don’t think it’s a problem at all.”

“At the end of the day, the Royal Family are a family and so if someone passes away you are going to have the most beloved members of your family there and that is the case when it comes to this funeral.”

The broadcaster later added: “For me, I’m not focusing on what they are wearing. I’m not focusing on who’s there. I’m thinking about Her Majesty The Queen and the fact that she’s lost her long-life partner and how hard that must be.”

Prince Philip was laid to rest after he died at the age of 99

Prince Philip was laid to rest after he died at the age of 99
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

At the time, several viewers also took issue with Jeremy Vine’s questions.

“What is wrong with Jeremy Vine – it’s a family funeral with only 30 close family attending! So what’s the aim on comments on the colour of the mourners??” wrote one Twitter user.

A second wrote: “Can’t believe that a small (not very private) family funeral is being turned into a debate about the ethnic mix of mourners by Jeremy Vine”.

A representative for Ofcom has been approached by The Mirror for comment.

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