New SKY TV series The Chop gets the chop

SKY have axed their new wood carpentry competition, The Chop after just one episode.

Hosted by Rick Edwards and Lee Mack, the series saw competitors undertake a series of challenges, with the hope of having their work displayed in the London Gallery.

However Sky History took the decision to pull the plug after complaints over symbols tattooed onto one of the contestants.

A statement said AETN UK, which runs the channel, had “made the decision not to broadcast any further episodes of The Chop on Sky History” following an “independent investigation”.

It said: “A contestant’s tattoos included symbols that could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence; we sincerely apologise for that and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt further investigation at an earlier stage.

“The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, far-right leanings. We are thoroughly reviewing our internal processes following the investigation. AETN UK and Sky History stand against racism and hate speech of all kinds.”