Angry Countdown viewers have called for pregnant Rachel Riley to be sacked from the show after wearing a t-shirt featuring a photoshopped image of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, labelling him a "racist."
The 33 year old — who is currently expecting her first child with former Strictly Come Dancing star husband Pasha Kovalev — tweeted an image of herself wearing a t-shirt featuring the doctored image to her 656,000 followers.
In the image, Rachel wears the white top, with a black and white image of Jeremy being marched away by two police officers in 1984.
Jeremy, 70, holds a sign that reads: "Jeremy Corbyn is a racist endeavour," in the edited image, with Rachel now facing backlash for covering up that he was actually protesting apartheid in South Africa.
The original photo shows Jeremy holding a sign which actually reads: "Defend the right to protest against apartheid. Join this picket."
Seemingly slamming her Channel 4 colleagues, Rachel wrote alongside her upload: "I didn't feel comfortable knowing my workplace was to be full of racists tonight.
"I don't endorse Boris [Johnson], but I do endorse #NeverCorbyn. Please see my pinned thread if you still don't understand why. #LeadersDebate #LabourAntisemitism."
The blonde beauty's followers were quick to show their anger at her remark, with one writing: "That's literally him at an anti-apartheid rally FFS."
A second added: "Editing out his anti-apartheid message to fight bigotry. Right…"
While a third commented: "Ms Riley, the picture on your t shirt is of Mr Corbyn protesting against apartheid, in defence of Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela, being arrested for it.
"Corbyn being arrested for protesting against racism. I try very hard to stay polite…"
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Others went as far as to call on her bosses to sack her from Countdown, which she has appeared on for the last 10 years.
One wrote: "Black Twitter has got to be all over Rachel Riley for this latest stunt.
"Everyone has their views on Jeremy Corbyn. But editing an anti South African apartheid image from the 80s is vile and is a perfect example of White privilege. @Channel4News when will C4 get rid of her?"
Another chimed: "Rachel Riley should apologise for the hurt and upset that she has caused to many whose families and loved ones suffered under the Apartheid regime!
"The disrespect and lack of care shown to the Anti-Apartheid struggle is truly hurtful."
Rachel Riley and Pasha Kovalev
Rachel returned to social media to try and defend her choice of clothing, sharing a link to an article which claims Nelson Mandela had declined to meet Jeremy's anti-apartheid movement.
She wrote: "Without feeding individual ignorant trolls, this is why I have no qualms using this photo to highlight Corbyn's racism."
Quoting the article, she went on: "'He was actually a member of CLAAG… 'a front' for violence prone Trotskyist group known as the Revolutionary Communist Group (RCG)'."
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