BBC is supporting Katherine Ryan following the controversial joke she made on the network’s “All That Glitters: Britain’s Next Jewellery Star”.

On a recent episode of the reality show, Ryan made a joke that didn’t sit well with viewers. While giving a pep talk, the Canadian comedian, 37, told Sri Lankan-born contestant Tamara to have more confidence in her designs.

“You need to really back yourself,” she said, adding, “Do you know how confident a straight white man would be right now? Think about Boris Johnson, how pleased he’d be right now.”

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Soon, viewers hit back at the show, calling the joke insensitive.

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Despite some of the comments from viewers, the BBC backed Ryan.

“Many viewers of this programme will be familiar with Katherine Ryan’s well-established style of comedy after multiple appearances on BBC comedy programmes over the years,” the network said in a statement. “Comedy is one of the most subjective areas of programming and we can assure you we never set out to offend viewers with anything we show.”

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