TV Producer Suspended for ‘All-White’ Cast Remarks

'Midsomer Murders' (Photo: ITV)

'Midsomer Murders' (Photo: ITV)

LONDON – The producer of a popular British TV detective series has been suspended for saying the show wouldn’t work if there were any nonwhite people in the cast.

Brian True-May told a magazine that “we just don’t have ethnic minorities involved” in “Midsomer Murders.”

He added that the rural-set series “just wouldn’t work” with ethnic minorities in the cast.

ITV, the network that broadcasts the show, said Tuesday it was “shocked and appalled” by the comments. It said True-May has been suspended by producer All3Media pending an investigation.

“Midsomer Murders” has run for 14 years, offering a steady diet of violent crimes in leafy villages, inevitably solved by Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby.

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