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I’m A Celeb’s Roman Kemp branded ‘racist’ in deleted Twitter row

I'm A Celebrity 2019 star Roman Kemp was branded "racist" in an explosive Twitter row last year over comments he made about South Korean pop group BTS.

Back in 2018, Roman, 26, became embroiled in a social media showdown after calling BTS' music "noise" during his Capital breakfast show.

Around 60 complaints were made to media watchdog Ofcom, and Roman was embroiled in a storm on Twitter as he was branded "racist" and "xenophobic" by furious listeners.

At the time, Roman hit back at the haters who criticised him online but he has since deleted his responses.

In an exchange with the star, one Twitter user wrote: "You mean to say, it’s alright to be racist towards other languages? I don’t think it’s 'normal'."

Roman's responses to the user have now been wiped.

Another BTS fan wrote: "This fandom has been professional! We are open for criticism of their music.

"We understand that not all people will like BTS, but being xenophobic and racist is not acceptable in this society."



Another furious listener took their complaint to Roman's famous dad martin Kemp, tweeting: "Hi sir, last year your son made a bunch of racist comments on air about the Korean language, comparing it to 'construction noises'.

"I hope you've since taught him better because honestly it was embarrassing to hear that from a grown adult in 2018. Thanks xx

The revelation comes as the radio presenter issued a public apology for "offensive" posts that had previously appeared on his social media.

It is not known if the posts he is referring too were shared as part of the race row or if they were related to another subject.

Despite not sharing details of his tweets, Roman insisted he was "shocked and appalled" by some of the "offensive" messages he'd posted in the past.

He insisted he'd cleaned up his account and deleted the offending tweets, telling followers he was "ashamed" and "truly, deeply and utterly sorry".

Roman's race row kicked off in September 2018 when he was talking about BTS' single IDOL – a collaboration with Nicki Minaj .

He said: "That was BTS and Nicki Minaj, that noise you were just hearing there…

His co-host Sonny Jay then chipped in: "I thought there [were] construction workers outside.”

It unfiriated fans of the band as well as many Capital listeners, and Roman had to issue an apology on Twitter.

The statement, which has since been deleted, read: "The comments I have made have been widely twisted and labelled as something that they are not

"I will accept 100% responsibility if some of the views I put across have been deemed offensive and to those I can only apologise. No offence was ever meant.

“It’s never my intention to garner negative energy for anyone let alone within the world of music that I love so dearly.

"However comments have started to now be aimed toward not only myself but my family and loved ones, I would please ask for this to stop.

"I am sorry to anyone who may have been offended by any comment I have made toward BTS.

"I ask all BTS fans to know in their hearts that I have never thought anything negative of the band nor would I wont to stop the joy of spreading music."

Bosses at Ofcom assessed the comp[laints about Roman's comments, but declined to take any further action.

A spokesperson for the organisation said at the time: "We considered complaints about the presenter’s description of a song by the Korean group BTS.

“In our view, the presenter was expressing a personal opinion about the music, which was not racially motivated.”

Roman is believed to be flying to Australia this weekend ahead of the I'm A Celebrity launch.

He's not been officially confirmed by ITV, but was featured in a leaked line-up yesterday and his appearance on the show has been rumoured for weeks.

The headline-grabbing apology Roman made today comes two years after another I'm A Celebrity star, Jack Maynard, was kicked off the show over his dark Twitter history.

During his time on the show, Jack's historic tweets featuring racist and homophobic language reemerged, as well as messages sent from his Facebook account in which he allegedly begged a 14-year-old fan to send him nude pictrues.

ITV bosses booted him off the show with immediate effect.

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