Sky History pulled series last week pending an investigation into complaints about Darren Lumsden’s alleged Nazi body art
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British woodworking show “The Chop” has been canceled by AETN U.K.’s and Comcast’s Sky History channel following controversy over a contestant’s “far-right” tattoos, according to Sky News.
Sky History first pulled the series last week pending an investigation into complaints about participant Darren Lumsden’s alleged Nazi body art, and decided to give it the ax on Friday.
“A contestant’s tattoos included symbols that could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence; we sincerely apologise for that and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt further investigation at an earlier stage,” A&E Networks UK said in a statement to Sky News. “The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, far-right leanings. We are thoroughly reviewing our internal processes following the investigation. AETN UK and Sky History stand against racism and hate speech of all kinds.”
Representatives for Sky U.K., AETN U.K. and “The Chop” producer Big Wheel Film & Television did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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