The Voice UK: Will.i.am shocked when chat show guest says she’s pleased to meet him because he’s black!
When The Voice UK coach Will.i.am met with actress Miriam Margolyes on the set of Graham Norton’s chat show recently, he was reportedly left “speechless” when 71 year old Miriam told him she was pleased to meet him because he’s black!
Miriam told Will, “I‘m just fascinated by you. Unfortunately I don’t know many black people.
“We don’t get to meet across the colour line much except in showbusiness and that’s what’s so nice.”
It seems that Will’s fellow guest, comedian Greg Davies, “desperately tried to restore the atmosphere” by saying: “It’s exotic…”
Host Graham said, “It’s lovely, Miriam, you’re right.”
But Miriam – who’s starred in Blackadder, The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence – didn’t seem to realize she’d made something of a faux pas and added, “I don’t know much about rappers, you’re the first one I’ve actually talked to.
“I was in the musical Wicked and I met a lot of black people and I liked them a lot.”
A bemused Will replied, “And I’m a black guy. I’m the first rapper and black guy you’ve kicked it with.”
An audience member said: “Will.i.am was shocked.”
I wonder if they’re going to edit that out or keep it in the show? It’ll be interesting to find out!
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