Romesh Ranganathan slams racist trolls after vile accusations following TV show

Romesh Ranganathan has slammed racist trolls after they accused his presence as being a “box ticking exercise” and that he was “not British enough” when appearing on Later With Jools Holland.

The TV star and comedian – who was born in Crawley, West Sussex – slammed one keyboard warrior as an “inaccurate c***” after they claimed he was “Indian” and was talking to “African” rapper Lady Leshurr, who was born in Birmingham, and was also on the BBC music programme.

In a post on his Instagram Stories, which has now been deleted, Romesh wrote: “This absolute p**** posted this about Jools Holland talking to me about Lady Leshurr.

“Also there were loads of posts by people saying me being on the show and choosing hip hop was a boxing ticking exercise or some s***.”

Romesh Ranganathan has hit back at vile trolls

Romesh – who was born to Sri Lankan Tamil parents – shared one troll’s comment, which read: “It’s very British.’ Said the Jew to the Indian about the African. No. Heavy Metal is very British, which is why you never see it on Later with Jools Holland.”

The League of Their Own star pointed out he, Jools and Leshurr – whose parents are from the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts – are all British, and he is “not of Indian origin”.

Romesh, 43, who said he has “loads of posts” like this racist one added: “It should actually read: ‘Said the Brit to the Brit about the Brit.

“Also I’m not of Indian origin and Leshurr originates from St Kitts, so not only is this man a c***, he’s an inaccurate one.”

Romesh later apologised for the language in his message, blaming his “bad hay fever ” for his response.

He added: “I don’t normally post about stuff like this but I was surprised by the number of p****s about.”

Earlier this month Romesh won the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for BBC series The Ranganation. He will also be back on screen this Summer in Sky series Rob & Romesh Vs with comedy pal Rob Beckett. The pair will be testing their sport skills against members of Team GB ahead of the Olympic Games.

Romesh Ranganathan is a BAFTA winner
Romesh Ranganathan is a BAFTA winner

The duo will compete with sporting icons such as Denise Lewis and Max Whitlock in everything from weightlifting to canoeing, and they will be joined by tennis legend Sir Andy Murray for a special episode.

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