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Noel Clarke: ITV Will Not Air Final Episode of Viewpoint Drama Following Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Actor | Ents & Arts News

ITV has said it will not air the final episode of its drama show Viewpoint on Friday night following allegations of sexual harassment against star Noel Clarke.

An ITV spokesperson said he decided it was “no longer appropriate” to show the episode after 20 women made statements to the Guardian.

“ITV has a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, harassment and victimization and strong procedures are in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We firmly believe that everyone deserves a working environment. supportive and safe, ”the broadcaster said.

The episode – which was slated to be the last in the series in five episodes – was scheduled to air at 9 p.m. ET.

Thursday night’s episode was the most popular program in its time slot with around 3.5 million viewers, according to BARB data.

Clarke, 45, has been accused of sexual harassment and bullying for several years.

The actor “vehemently” denied the allegations and said he would defend himself against the “false allegations”.

ITV said: “Given the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian report, ITV has decided that it is no longer appropriate to air the latest episode of the drama Viewpoint on the main channel. from ITV tonight. “

The broadcaster said it will make the episode available on its catch-up service ITV Hub “for a limited time” so that viewers can still watch the series’ conclusion.

“We are aware that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the last four nights to follow this thriller which was due to end tonight, and they have yet to see the final episode,” he said. -he declares.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-30 14:05:00