The actress, who has also starred in Doctor Who and played lead roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appeared during ITV’s coverage of King Charles III‘s Coronation and made the remark about the royals while they were standing on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
She has insisted on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday morning show with Paddy O’Connell that she did not mean to cause any offence after her comments sparked backlash on social media.
She said: ‘I think I upset a few people yesterday. I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly going: “Oh it’s so white!” because the day had been so mixed and I didn’t mean to upset anybody.’
ITV has now been hit with a whopping 4,165 Ofcom complaints, making it the most complained about moment this year.
In comparison, Jeremy Vine’s show was hit with 2,250 Ofcom complaints after a discussion about junior doctors’ pay dispute.
Adjoa Andoh stuns ITV presenters by calling the Buckingham Palace balcony ‘terribly white’
Ms Andoh said on Saturday: ‘We have gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony. I am very struck by that’
As millions tuned in to watch the newly crowned King and Queen wave down to crowds on The Mall with the rest of the Royal Family, Ms Andoh left her ITV co-stars stunned.
ITV’s live coronation coverage was being hosted by Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham when she said of the event: ‘We have gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony. I am very struck by that.
‘I am also looking at those younger generations and thinking: “What are the nuances that they will inhabit when they grow?”
Numerous people took to Twitter to voice their outrage. One commenter slammed her comments as ‘ridiculous’, tweeting: ‘How can she get away with that? Anyone of white colour would have to make a public apology.’
Another questioned: ‘Why is it OK to dismiss a white family for being white?’
Meanwhile a third added: ‘I’m disappointed in Adjoa Andoh. The #Coronation focused on promoting positive race relations & representing modern Britain.
‘There were many people from diverse backgrounds who had prominent positions yesterday, and yet Adjoa chose to discriminate with her divisive comment.’
A fourth added: ‘Why make such an appalling #whitebalcony comment?! Appalling.’
Bridgerton Star Adjoa Andoh, pictured outside the BBC, insisted she ‘didn’t mean to upset anyone’ after sparking backlash by calling the Buckingham Palace balcony ‘terribly white’ on Coronation Day
Andoh (left) stunned her ITV co-stars when she referred to the Buckingham Palace balcony as being ‘terribly white’ during their live Coronation coverage
The actress plays Lady Danbury, pictured left, in the popular period TV series Bridgerton
Ms Andoh made her Hollywood debut in 2009 in Clint Eastwood’s hit-film Invictus alongside Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon
Last year, the most-complained about programme of 2022 was Love Island which received 2,360 complaints on July 17 after alleged misogynistic and bullying behaviour by some contestants in the villa.
In second place was I’m a Celebrity…. Get me out of here! from November 6-27 where viewers objected to the inclusion of Matt Hancock in the series.
Other notable complained about moments included 860 complaints against comments made by Richard Madeley about death threats to Keir Starmer on Good Morning Britain and Gary Neville’s politicised comments during the World Cup Final in 2022, which received 605 complaints.
Ms Andoh, 60, who plays Lady Danbury in Bridgerton, left fellow pundit Myleene Klass – who was sitting next to her – appearing bewildered as she made her comments.
The actress, who played Dr Isaacs in the psychological thriller Fractured, as well as DI Nina Rosen in BBC’s Silent Witness, has enjoyed a successful career in TV, film and on the stage.
She made her Hollywood debut in 2009 in Clint Eastwood’s hit-film Invictus alongside Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Ten years later, she co-directed and played Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, in the UK’s first all women-of-colour production.
Ms Andoh’s comments come after TV historian Professor David Olusoga warned that the future of the monarchy was ‘open to discussion’ and that it could be a struggle to modernise.
The University of Manchester professor told the BBC: ‘Now a new reign formally begins, lots of questions about the monarchy and his role are up for discussion as they always are and always have been.
Ms Andoh said that she made the comment because the Westminster Abbey service (pictured) had featured ‘rich diversity’
Radio presenter Paddy O’Connell told Adjoa that she hadn’t ‘upset anyone’
TV historian Professor David Olusoga warned that the future of the monarchy was ‘open to discussion’ and that it could be a struggle to modernise
‘I think it’s more difficult with a thousand-year-old ceremony to reflect the fact that we are one of the most secular nations in the world.
‘There’s only so much you can modernise a thousand-year-old ceremony without it stopping being that ceremony.’
He added: ‘I’d like to think that he’ll find ways of modernising the Royal Family but I do think it’s a challenge.’