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Piers Morgan says he’s ‘proud’ of Ashley Banjo and Diversity after BGT controversy

The group received criticism over a performance last weekend

Piers Morgan has thrown support behind Ashley Banjo and Diversity amid their BGT controversy.

More than 10,000 people complained about the dance group’s Black Lives Matter routine, which featured on the programme last weekend.

The inspiring routine showed Ashley being knelt on which referred to the death of George Floyd in America.

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Diversity’s dance on BGT sparked Ofcom complaints (Credit: ITV)

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Mr Floyd died after white officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

Despite many praising Diversity’s performance, others didn’t think it should have been shown on the family show.

The group have received much support from celebrity pals.

What did Piers Morgan say?

Now, Good Morning Britain host Piers has admitted he’s “proud” of them.

He wrote on Twitter: “I thought it was great. Ignore the haters, Ashley. Proud of you.”

Piers was replying to Ashley’s message, in which he hit back at “hate” messages.

Ignore the haters, Ashley. Proud of you.

The dancer wrote: “So much to say… But I’ll Just let the performance talk. Thousands of messages of Love and support – Thank you.

“For the thousands of messages of hate and ignorance – Thank you.

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Piers Morgan said he’s “proud” of Ashley (Credit: SplashNews.com)

“You highlight exactly what needs to change. Sending nothing but love to you all.”

At the time of writing, BGT has been hit by 10,267 complaints over the routine.

The performance has become the second most complained about TV moment in a decade.

Read more: BGT: Ashley Banjo thanks fans for ‘overwhelming’ support after dance sparked Ofcom complaints

During the routine, a rap sung: “The world watched on, another black life gone, leaving what we thought we knew in tatters.

“What we thought we knew, some clearly didn’t, Black Lives Matter.”

The group then stood together and performed a dance, including many of their signature flips and moves.

During the routine, the dancers dropped to one knee as vocals sang: “I can’t breathe.”

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