"I'm not racist, I'm not homophobic and I am not lewd towards women."
Tommy Sandhu breaks the silence after 7 weeks, to reveal his views on the news that he was allegedly part of a WhatsApp group which contained ‘lewd’ and racial slurs.
He took to the social network Twitter to express his true feelings about the whole saga, the investigation and that he will no longer be presenting the BBC Asian Network breakfast show.
In his direct message, he categorically denied being part of any racial or lewd commentary, saying:
“I’m not racist, I’m not homophobic and I am not lewd towards women.”
He clearly states that he has not “made any racist comments at all in any chat” that he has been involved in.
Tommy declares that he has never been involved in conversations where racist terms or racism has been used. Saying:
“In fact, these conversations I am seeing for the first time in this investigation because I simply don’t check WhatsApp on a regular basis.”
Adding to his innocence about the WhatsApp groups he says:
“I’m not even in the WhatsApp groups where there were homophobic terms used and I’ve definitely not said anything lewd about any female member of staff at the BBC.”
Here is his Tweet:
After 7 weeks of having to stay silent … you can hear it from me directly pic.twitter.com/nSjUXm7VWT
— Tommy Sandhu (@TommySandhu) September 9, 2017
Defending his BBC Asian Network breakfast show he expressed his efforts on the programme to unite people, saying:
“If anyone who knows me and knows my show, you’ll know that we celebrate people. We bring everyone together and we have a good time.”
But then he confirms that he will no longer be part of the breakfast show as a presenter:
“And I’m sorry that I won’t be presenting that show anymore and I’m baffled as to why I’ve been asked to not present it.”
This means that the BBC Asian Network breakfast show will definitely no longer have Tommy Sandhu as its presenter after the BBC investigation conducted into the WhatsApp comments matter.
On his dismissal, Tommy Sandhu is seeking legal advice and he could be fighting for unfair dismissal case against the BBC.
The BBC state that matters of “inappropriate behaviour would always be taken extremely seriously and would be dealt with swiftly and appropriately.” Indicating the reasons for the removal of Tommy Sandhu from the show.
Tommy reveals that he will still be part of media in his Twitter message and says:
“But I will be pursuing everything else that I do in media and entertainment.”
Ending his message with huge thanks to everyone that has supported him, saying:
“I want to thank you for taking the time to message me and showing me your support and for knowing me for who I really am. It really is appreciated. Thank you.”
At the end of the message, you can see that Tommy does not look happy with the outcome of the investigation but it is clearly evident from his message on Twitter that he stands by his innocence and his determination to prove himself as a person who is known for his entertainment and popular role in media.