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Global’s Make Some Noise Night held at Supernova - Arrivals Featuring: Jon Holmes Where: London, United Kingdom When: 20 Nov 2014 Credit: Phil Lewis/WENN.com

A white male British radio host said he was fired because of diversity goals



Jon Holmes announced he lost his job on Sunday.

Should I, as a white man (through no fault of my own), be fired from my job because I am a white man?
Jon Holmes

Holmes, who has hosted the BBC's "The Now Show" on the radio for 18 years, said the show wanted to "recast with more women and diversity."

Holmes has won numerous awards during his time at the BBC and played a role in creating two shows, <b>The Telegraph reports</b>.

Holmes implied his firing was  result of reverse discrimination, saying, "I just wonder, what with all the pressure about being seen to 'get it right', we're actually getting it a bit wrong," <b>according to The Daily Mail</b>.

An initial Mail headline claimed Holmes said he was fired for being "white and mail," which he insisted he never said. 

Our comedy shows are constantly evolving and it was simply time to create opportunities for new regulars...
BBC statement

The BBC has set a goal to have half of its staff be women by 2020 and to increase the number of black, Asian and other minorities to 15 percent of its staff.

Some Twitter users stood with Holmes.

Some didn't buy the BBC's explanation.

Others criticized what they saw as hypocrisy.

Was Holmes justified in losing his job as a radio host?

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