Reggie Yates has resigned from 'Top of the Pops' after making "some ill-considered remarks".

Reggie Yates

Reggie Yates

The 34-year-old TV presenter previously came under fire after he referred to music managers as the "fat Jewish guy", for which he apologised for at the time, and he has now decided to step down from hosting the show's Christmas special after admitting his comments have "hurt many people".

In a statement released via his Twitter account, he said: "On a recent podcast, during a discussion about grime artists, I made some ill-considered remarks which have hurt many people.

"I can see clearly that the words I used reinforced offensive stereotypes, and that there is no context which would justify such remarks.

"My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel, and I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended.

"This has been, and continues to be a huge learning experience for me, and on reflection I have taken the decision to step down from hosting Top of the Pops this year. (sic)"

Reggie wrote in the caption: "I am stepping down from hosting Top of the Pops this year, please see below (sic)"

A BBC spokesperson said: "We take these issues very seriously and Reggie is in no doubt about the BBC's view of his comments".

Reggie made the comments during an interview with DJ Chuckie Lothian in an episode of a podcast titled, '#Halfcast Podcast: Take Back The Power'.

On the show, he said: "The thing that makes it great about this new generation of [music] artists is that they ain't signing to majors.

"They're independent, they're not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from north west London, they're managed by their brethren."

Reggie said sorry shortly afterwards, saying: "I'm hugely apologetic for this flippant comment.

"It was not my intention to offend or reinforce stereotypes, but I'm aware that this could have been interpreted that way and for that I am also deeply sorry.

"What I was actually trying to say was how proud I am of the new generation of artists making their success independently on their own terms and without giving away control or their rights to major labels."

Reggie was due to co-host the 'Top of the Pops' Christmas special with Fearne Cotton.