The move has provoked many stars coming out in support, including Piers Morgan, who told viewers in a debate on GMB last week: “I think if you’re genuinely offended by what you saw on that show, there’s something wrong with you [general public].”
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Judge Ashley has already responded to the decision on his Instagram page.
In view of his 912k followers, he made his feelings clear, saying: “Creativity is always a leap of faith.
“All I did what was what felt right and I’d do it 100 times over… Sending love to everyone that stood by us.”
Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday at 8pm on ITV.