Sky History axe The Chop and apologise for contestant’s offensive ‘Nazi’ tattoos

Sky History has cancelled The Chop: Britain’s Next Top Woodworker.

The broadcaster issued a grovelling apology for contestant Darren Lumsden’s “offensive” tattoos.

Darren was hit with waves of accusations of having a Nazi symbol on his face after Sky History channel teased a clip from the new show on social media.

Initially Sky History defended the contestant’s controversial inkings in the wake of the accusations.

But now the broadcaster admit the tattoos “could be connected to far-right ideologies” – something Darren himself continues to deny he has or ever had any far-right leanings.

As a result, Sky History have apologised to viewers for any offence caused and they have dropped the show fronted by Lee Mac.

The statement in full read: “Following an independent investigation, AETN UK has made the decision not to broadcast any further episodes of The Chop on Sky HISTORY.

“A contestant’s tattoos included symbols that could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence; we sincerely apologise for that and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt further investigation at an earlier stage.

“The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, far-right leanings.

“We are thoroughly reviewing our internal processes following the investigation. AETN UK and Sky HISTORY stand against racism and hate speech of all kinds.”

Backlash over the show has been raging on social media since the first teaser was released in October.

Leading the troops, one tweeted: “Are you for real? The bloke has Nazi tattoos on his face ffs.”

Another wrote: “You guys were cool filming this, and then airing this, when the guys a neo nazi? Seems a bit f**ked up no?”

A third fumed: “This guy has a neo Nazi symbol ON HIS FACE. You need to throw him off the show (ie give him The Chop) and issue an apology. Did no-one think to research this?”