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BBC apologises after Len Goodman said nan called curry 'foreign muck'

BBC apologises after Len Goodman said his nan used to call curry powder ‘foreign muck’ during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee live coverage

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The BBC has apologised after Len Goodman told of how his grandmother used to refer to curry powder as ‘foreign muck’ on the BBC’s live coverage of the Platinum Jubilee pageant.

The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78, appeared on the pre-pageant coverage alongside chef John Torode and host Kirsty Young.

The trio were discussing the food people will eat around the jubilee, with Kirsty asking Len if he has any skills in the kitchen.

Awkward: The BBC has apologised after Len Goodman told of how his grandmother used to refer to curry powder as ‘foreign muck’ on the BBC’s coverage of the Platinum Jubilee pageant

Len replied: ‘No. My wife did Coronation Chicken yesterday for our tea. I’ve never had it before. I’ve never had curry powder before, no. 

He added: ‘My nan used to call it all foreign muck. But I must say, it was delicious, so tasty.’

Later in the show, Clare Balding issued an apology for if ‘anyone took offence’ to remarks made earlier in the show.

A BBC spokesman told The Telegraph that her apology was ‘related to remarks made during the section of the show’ in which Len appeared.

Len said: ‘My wife did Coronation Chicken yesterday for our tea. I’ve never had it before. I’ve never had curry powder before, no. My nan used to call it all foreign muck’

Apology: Later in the show, Clare Balding issued an apology for if ‘anyone took offence’ to remarks made earlier in the show

MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment.

After Len raised eyebrows with his comments, shocked viewers quickly took to Twitter to react to the gaffe.

One user said: ‘Len Goodman just called coronation chicken ‘foreign muck’ on BBC One so this time-filling before the Platinum Pageant is going well.’

Another user wrote: ‘Len Goodman sends shockwaves through the BBC referring to curry as ‘foreign muck’.’ 

Interview: The former Strictly Come Dancing judge, 78, appeared on the pre-pageant coverage alongside chef John Torode and host Kirsty Young

Live: The trio were discussing the food people will eat around the jubilee, with Kirsty asking Len if he has any skills in the kitchen

Another added: ‘A bit in shock about Len Goodman calling curry powder foreign muck. Genuinely can’t believe I just heard that on BBC1.’ 

A fourth penned: ‘Did Len Goodman really just call Coronation Chicken ‘foreign muck’?’ 

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Platinum Party At The Palace concert was the clear winner in the TV ratings on Saturday night – watched by a staggering 13million viewers at its peak.

The BBC One concert in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, saw Diana Ross impressing the crowds as she belted out soul classics while Sir Rod Stewart and Queen and Adam Lambert also put on sensational shows.

Reaction: Viewers quickly took to social media to react to the gaffe

The show saw a whopping 13.3million viewers tuning in at its peak, with the concert averaging an audience of 11.2million – garnering a 66.8 percent of the audience share.

The star-studded extravaganza beat England’s clash with Hungary, which saw the national team lose 0-1 – with 4.5million viewers tuning it at its peak, and an average audience of just 2.7million. 

The highlight of the three-hour concert was Diana Ross, who took to the stage in an incredible black and white tulle gown at Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for her first UK performance in 15 years.

Wow: The Queen’s Platinum Party At The Palace concert was the winner in the TV ratings on Saturday – watched by a staggering 13m viewers at its peak (pictured Diana Ross performing)

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