Woodwork reality show The Chop was canceled after an investigation found that a candidate's face tattoos "may be linked to far-right ideologies".
Sky History has announced that it will cancel the program after viewers discovered that Darren Lumsden appears to have various "Nazi tattoos" on his face.
This includes the number 88 on his cheek, which in white nationalist or neo-Nazi circles as the code for & # 39; Heil Hitler & # 39; can be used because & # 39; H & # 39; is the 8th letter of the alphabet.
The broadcaster apologized for not investigating the tattoos any further and made it clear that you are against racism and hate speech.
The father of two, Darren Lumsden from Bristol, pictured has an 88 on his face, which viewers have pointed out as a neo-Nazi symbol
The station posted a statement on social media that an internal investigation found that the inks "could be associated with far-right ideologies".
Mr Lumsden said his number 88 face was a reminder of the year his late father Trevor lost his life – and had nothing to do with far-right code.
But his 66-year-old parent showed that he was very much alive – and lived in Bristol, not far from his carpenter son.
The Chop: Britain's top woodworker with comedian Lee Mack invited carpenter to test their skills in order to be named the best in Britain.
In a statement confirming the cancellation, the broadcaster said parent company A + E Networks (AETN), which operates brands such as HISTORY, CI, Lifetime, H2 and BLAZE in the UK, will no longer broadcast episodes of the reality show would.
The statement said: “Following an independent investigation, AETN UK has decided not to air any further episodes of The Chop on Sky HISTORY.
& # 39; One candidate's tattoos contained symbols associated with far-right ideologies that could offend; We sincerely apologize and apologize that our litigation has not prompted further investigation at an earlier stage.
Darren Lumsden can be seen with a distinctive 88 on his cheek (circled below) and 23 and 16 that are supposedly inked on his temples and are the numerical equivalent of & # 39; white vigor & # 39; represent (above).
Here is the & # 39; 16 & # 39; to see the supposedly & # 39; white power & # 39; represents, when connected to the & # 39; 23 & # 39; is combined at his other temple. And the number 14 is circled above and represents & # 39; 14 words & # 39 ;, a popular white supremacist slogan
& # 39; The candidate continues to vigorously deny that he has, or has ever had, right-wing extremist inclinations.
& # 39; We thoroughly review the internal processes after the investigation. AETN UK and Sky HISTORY stand against racism and hate speech of all kinds. & # 39;
Sky History previously defended Mr. Lumsden's facial tattoos that the tattoos "have no political or ideological meaning" and "1988 is the year of his father's death".
They insisted that their production team had "performed extensive background checks on all woodworkers participating in the show" and that "Darren had no connections or ties to any racist group, view or comment".
His friends also rushed to his defense with model Sasha Gardner, 38, insisting that he was "a big cuddly bear" and "definitely not a Nazi or a racist".
British geneticist and author of How To Argue With A Racist, Dr. Adam Rutherford confirmed that he had discovered several other numerical tattoos on Darren
The personal trainer and actress met Mr Lumsden on a Channel 4 reality show called Dumped in 2007, in which contestants survived on other people's garbage at a landfill for three weeks.
But after the broadcaster tweeted a trailer in which Mack introduced Mr. Lumsden, they faced a public backlash.
Viewers also spotted a number of other potential white supremacy symbols on Darren's skin, including 23 and 16 that were inked on his temples and supposedly represent the numerical equivalent of "white power".
He was also accused of having a sig rune symbol on the right side of his nose, used by the Nazis as a symbol of victory and often mistaken for lightning, and a number 14 on his scalp, the "14 words" can represent a slogan coined by the white supremacist terrorist David Lane.
The dispute caused Mr. Lumsden's own father to publicly announce that he was indeed not dead.
Trevor said to MailOnline, "I'm here, right?" I live and kick so I'm not dead yet. & # 39;
Darren's father has a short-term memory loss after a serious motorcycle accident more than 30 years ago.
He lives in the same house and has staff who come over every day to help.
The father added, “I haven't seen Darren in a few years, I didn't know he had tattoos on his face or that he would be on TV.
"But when you say I'm dead, I want you to know that I'm not."
The carpentry competition, hosted by Mack, Rick Edwards and Master William Hardie, takes ten contestants against each other for nine weeks in Epping Forest, Essex, to make their way to the finals, carving and chopping to see who will be named 'Britain's Top' Woodworker.
The Champion's Prize would have been the opportunity to host its own exhibition at the prestigious William Morris Gallery in London.
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