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The actress refuses to appear on Woman & # 39; s Hour after accusing hostess Emma Barnett of making humiliating comments


An actress refused to show up for Woman's Hour this morning after accusing hostess Emma Barnett of making "humiliating and obnoxious" comments about her.

Kelechi Okafor was scheduled to speak to new host Emma Barnett on the BBC Radio 4 show about the #MeToo movement.

But when the program went live, the British actress announced that she had left the show, writing, "Because what I just witnessed is absolutely humiliating and mean."

Ms. Okafor posted a video on Instagram and said, “I'm not going to the women's class now. The presenter didn't realize that her microphone was on when she talked to the producers about me. & # 39;

The mother of one added on Twitter, “The presenter didn't know her microphone was on when she talked about me before the interview started, that's all I'm going to say.

“You can seriously worry about something you've been told about me and address it in a friendly way. That wasn't what happened.

"Myself and the other people who would speak during the segment could hear me being talked about like a fool about it."

Barnett took over Woman & # 39; s Hour on Monday, replacing Jane Garvey, who has been on the court for 13 years.

Kelechi Okafor was supposed to be debating the #MeToo movement a year after the BBC Radio 4 show started. But the British actress took to social media when Woman & # 39; s Hour aired and claimed she was out of the program

Ms. Okafor tweeted fans saying she left the show after hearing a conversation when a microphone was accidentally turned on

Ms. Okafor tweeted fans saying she left the show after hearing a conversation when a microphone was accidentally turned on

Emma has taken over the Radio 4 staple, which has been broadcast since 1946

The episode will air just days after Jane Garvey signed her last Woman & # 39; s Hour show after 13 years

Emma Barnett (pictured left and right on her first broadcast on Monday) has taken over the Radio 4 staple, which has been broadcast since 1946

Who is Kelechi Okafor?

Actress, writer and podcaster Kelechi Okafor was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in south London.

She has appeared in television commercials for Malteser, Samsung and Irn Bru as well as on stage.

She is the founder of Kelechnekoff Fitness Studio in Peckham, South London, which offers pole dancing and twerking classes for black women and non-binary people.

In 2017, Ms. Okafor became the first black contestant to appear on the BBC reality series Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week.

She eventually left the competition because she was "frustrated" with how she said she was being treated.

She told the Guardian, "They put things together that really didn't make sense to tell a story to the audience."

"Kelechi is fighting, she is frustrated, she is arguing with this man." In reality, my frustration came from having to walk on eggshells to avoid looking angry. & # 39;

On the show this morning, Barnett spoke to Hollywood actresses Caitlin Dulany and Rosanna Arquette about the #MeToo movement.

Ms. Okafor has worked in television commercials for Malteser, Samsung and Irn Bru, as well as on stage and in documentaries.

She tweeted fans to reveal that she left the show after allegedly overhearing a conversation when a microphone was accidentally turned on.

She tweeted: “Hi guys, I'm coming from the women's class because what I just had to witness is absolutely humiliating and mean.

"When (the host) suddenly turns on the microphone, it's" Well Kelechi, can you just explain it to me because I'm trying to give you a chance to explain … "

“It was up to your producers to explain and conduct their research. It was up to you to check your microphone.

& # 39; The need for me on today's show was to balance these wayward women who think the MeToo movement is no longer needed.

“The fact of the matter is that if you feel like it is no longer needed for your white middle class sensitivity, marginalized voices still need it.

“We haven't heard from everyone what violations they have committed. The originators of the MeToo movement were black women. From enslaved black women raped by slave owners to Tarana Burke, whose voices have not yet been honored. & # 39;

The alleged conversation appears to have taken place out of air.

Ms. Okafor and the BBC were asked to comment.

On Monday, 35-year-old Barnett took over the Radio 4 staple, which had been broadcasting since 1946.

The BBC breakfast host Naga Munchetty moved live into the Radio 5 slot that she had previously occupied.

Ms. Okafor tweeted fans saying she left the show after hearing a conversation when a microphone was accidentally turned on

Ms. Okafor tweeted fans saying she left the show after hearing a conversation when a microphone was accidentally turned on

During her first episode in the chair, Emma (pictured), 35, spoke to actress Imelda Staunton, the Spice Girl Mel C, Jeremy Hunt, Richard Ratcliffe and Sonia Khan

During her first episode in the chair, Emma (pictured), 35, spoke to actress Imelda Staunton, the Spice Girl Mel C, Jeremy Hunt, Richard Ratcliffe and Sonia Khan

Outgoing presenter Jane Garvey signed her last Woman & # 39; s Hour show on January 13, after 13 years, stating that the show must go on and now it can.

Miss Garvey said to the audience, “During these disastrous years at Women's Class, I've learned that women have to be a little better for all sorts of reasons, we have to try harder (than men), it's going to be a little tougher for us . & # 39;

Today's program on the "Me Too" movement took place a year after Harvey Weinstein's trial began in America.

Barnett discussed, "What has the #MeToo movement achieved and what are the unintended consequences of this?"

But the show also sparked anger among some listeners after one of the actresses claimed that some women "lied" about sexual abuse allegations.

She told the show, "There are the bad apples out there who jump on the conveyor belt and maybe not tell the truth. They hope there aren't too many liars out there."

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