Lily Allen is claiming that she was pulled from the BBC’s Newsnight coverage of the Grenfell Tower in West London.
Lily wrote on Twitter that she was initially scheduled to appear on the programme on June 15 but appeared to suggest that her interview was cancelled by the BBC after she gave a controversial interview about the fire to Channel 4 news.
“I’m sad to say @BBCNewsnight just cancelled me for tonight’s show,” she tweeted. “They have someone from the council coming on instead.”
Though she didn’t offer up an official explanation, Allen appeared to suggest that the BBC’s decision not to have her on the show could have been because of the interview she gave to Channel 4 earlier this week in which she called out the media and politicians.
Lily claimed that the number of fatalities in the fire had been “downplayed” after alleging that she’d been told directly by emergency services that around 150 people may have died. Right now, the official death toll stands at 17.
Allen’s interview raised some eyebrows, as she told Jon Snow at the scene of the horrific fire that she believes “the government are trying to micromanage people’s grief.”
“I’ve never in my entire life seen an event like this where the death count has been played by the mainstream media,” she continued.
Slamming the official death toll of 17 casualties, the singer added, “I’m hearing from people that the figure is much closer to 150, and that many of those people are children. Those are off the record figures that I’m being given from policemen and firemen.”
She later defended her decision to politicise the tragedy on Twitter and put the Conservative party on serious blast with a scathing message.
The BBC have since issued a statement regarding Lily being bumped from the show, which you can read in full below;
“With live news programmes like Newsnight final decisions on guests are often made late in the day which can mean the line up changes at short notice. Newsnight secured an interview with the leader of Kensington and Chelsea council late on Thursday evening and dropped Lily in order to allow time for Kirsty Wark to conduct a thorough accountability interview. Like other BBC outlets, Newsnight has reported official casualty figures but also made it clear that they are expected to rise substantially.”
Watch Lily Allen’s Channel 4 interview about the Grenfell Tower fire below;