A starlet declined to appear on Lady’s Hour this morning after accusing host Emma Barnett of making ‘degrading and disgusting’ comments about her.
Kelechi Okafor was set to talk on the BBC Radio 4 show to talk about the #MeToo motion with new speaker Emma Barnett.
However as the program was live on air, the Nigerian-British actress exposed she had come off the program, composing: ‘Because what I have actually just needed to witness is definitely degrading and disgusting.’
Posting a video to Instagram, she said: ‘I won’t be going on Lady’s Hour now. The host didn’t understand her mic was on as she was talking s *** about me to the manufacturers.’
Ms Okafor has appeared in TV adverts for Maltesers, Samsung and Irn Bru and on the BBC’s reality series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week.
In 2017, the actress was implicated of anti-Semitism after she protected BBC star Reggie Yates when he was dropped from hosting Top of The Pops.
After Yates praised music stars for not being signed to ‘some random fat Jewish man,’ Ms Okafor stated in a now-deleted podcast: ‘He [Reggie] is stating the reality and it simply goes to reveal the power of a particular community that he can make a comment like that and everybody resembles ‘whoa no, pull him from Top Of The Pops’.
‘ Why? Are these Jewish supervisors not from North West London? I want to know where the fallacy is?’.
The mother-of-one included on Twitter today: ‘The host didn’t realise her mic was on as she was speaking about me before the interview started is all I’m going to say.
‘ You can have a genuine issue about something you’ve been told about me and resolve it in a manner that is kind. That wasn’t what occurred.
‘ Myself and the other individuals who would be talking during the section might hear me being spoken about like a d ****** d.’.
Barnett took control of Lady’s Hour on Monday, changing Jane Garvey who had actually remained in the seat for some 13 years.
Kelechi Okafor was set to appear on the BBC Radio 4 program to go over the #MeToo movement one year after it started. But the British starlet required to social media as Woman’s Hour was on air, claiming she had actually come off the program.
Ms Okafor tweeted fans to say she left the show after hearing a conversation when a mic was unintentionally left on.
Emma Barnett (visualized, left and right on her very first program on Monday) has actually taken control of the Radio 4 staple, which has aired because 1946.
Who is Kelechi Okafor? Kelechi Okafor was born in Lagos, Nigeria, prior to moving to the UK at the age of five where she was raised in south London. She studied at the BRIT School of carrying out arts in London, specialising in Musical Theatre and English Literature. She has appeared in TV adverts for Maltesers, Samsung and Irn Bru in addition to on stage. She is the founder of the Kelechnekoff Fitness Studio in Peckham, south London which runs pole dancing and twerking classes for black females and non-binary people. In 2017, Ms Okafor became the very first black female candidate to appear on BBC’s reality series Unique Forces: Ultimate Hell Week. She eventually walked out of the competitors due to the fact that she was ‘disappointed’ with the way she stated she was treated. She informed the Guardian: ‘They pieced things together that didn’t actually make sense in order to narrate to the audiences,’ ‘Kelechi’s struggling, she’s annoyed, she’s arguing with this guy.’ In truth, my disappointment originated from the truth that I had to walk on eggshells so as to not appear angry.’ Ad.
On the program today, Barnett spoke with Hollywood starlets Caitlin Dulany and Rosanna Arquette about the #MeToo motion.
Ms Okafor has appeared in TELEVISION adverts for Maltesers, Samsung and Irn Bru along with on stage and in documentaries.
She appeared on Woman’s Hour in September last year, speaking about ‘how to be assertive’ on the show’s How To series.
Today, the starlet told fans she had actually left the show after apparently hearing a discussion when a mic was inadvertently left on.
She tweeted: ‘Hey people I’m coming off female’s hour because what I’ve just needed to witness is definitely degrading and repellent.
‘ When [the host] clocks the mic is on all of a sudden it’s ‘well kelechi might you just describe to me due to the fact that I’m trying to give you a possibility to describe …’.
‘ It was on your manufacturers to have described and done their research study. It was on you to inspect your mic.
‘ The requirement for me on today’s program was to provide balance to these stubborn females believing that the MeToo movement is no longer required.
‘ The reality is that if you feel it’s no longer required for your white middle class perceptiveness marginalised voices still need it.
‘ We haven’t heard from everybody concerning the violations they have actually faced. The producers of the MeToo motion were Black ladies. From enslaved Black females who were raped by slave owners to Tarana Burke yet their voices are yet to be honoured.’.
The alleged conversation appears to have taken place off air.
Ms Okafor and the BBC have actually been called for comment.
On Monday Barnett, 35, took over the Radio 4 staple, which has aired since 1946.
BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty moved into the slot on Radio 5 live that she had actually formerly inhabited.
Ms Okafor tweeted fans to say she left the show after hearing a discussion when a mic was accidentally left on.
During her first episode in the chair, Emma (pictured), 35, consulted with actress Imelda Staunton, Spice Lady Mel C, Jeremy Hunt, Richard Ratcliffe, and Sonia Khan.
Outgoing host Jane Garvey signed off her last Lady’s Hour broadcast after 13 years on January 1– stating that the ‘program requires to move on and now it can’.
Miss Garvey told listeners: ‘During the course of these catastrophic years on Woman’s Hour, I’ve discovered that really, for all sorts of reasons, females have to be that bit much better, we have to try harder (than men), it’s going to be a bit tougher for us.’.
Today’s programme about the ‘Me Too’ movement’ took place one year on from the start of Harvey Weinstein’s court case in America.
Barnett was discussing, ‘what the #MeToo motion has actually attained and the unintended consequences.’.
But the program also sparked anger amongst some listeners after one of the actresses claimed some females ‘lied’ about sexual assault allegations.
She told the show: ‘There are the bad apples out there that get on the band wagon and maybe aren’t telling the fact. you hope there aren’t a lot of phonies out there.’