Ashley Banjo has told a comedian his previous comments about Diversity were ‘racist’ during a heated interview.

The Billericay star hosted a sit-down chat with Jim Davidson as part of his ITV programme, Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White.

During the discussion, Banjo tackled Davidson on remarks he had made back in 2020 in response to a controversial dance performed on TV by Diversity.

It was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police in America.

Davidson had labelled the performance by Diversity "ridiculous" and "indulgent" during a video he had titled ‘Who needs Diversity?’.

Addressing the comedian during his new show, Banjo said: “As far as I’m concerned, that video you made about Diversity it was - it was racist in every way.

“Every single way.”

Davidson said the contents were more personal than racist, to which Banjo insisted: "It was both. It was personal and racist.

"I’m from this country, I love this country, I’m from a mixed-race background."

The debate continued to go back and forth before Davidson claimed Banjo was “talking b****cks” and labelled the conversation “f***ing crazy”.

He then stormed off set, claiming it was a “no win” situation and told Banjo to "stick to the dancing, you're brilliant".

Banjo urged Davidson not to leave “because I’m asking you the hard questions.”

But he refused and did not return.

After the show had aired on Tuesday evening, Banjo thanked fans for supporting him and vowed to continue to tackle racism.

He tweeted: “So proud I was able to make Britain in Black and White and create something that hopefully felt honest, balanced and educational.

“I see the hate… But I feel the love so much more.

“Thank you all for your kind words.

"Let’s keep the conversation going.”