Rita Ora’s music has been banned by a local radio station in Exeter, after she broke lockdown rules.
She also paid a £10,000 fine over the gathering, which she insisted was a ‘spur of the moment’ bash.
Following the incident, Radio Exe breakfast show presenter Ben Clark announced that he was blacklisting the 30-year-old.
After playing I Will Never Let You Down for listeners and discussing her actions, he vowed: ‘I can’t speak for any other Radio Exe presenter, but as of now, for the foreseeable future, I’m not playing any of her songs.
‘You can’t get your head round it, can you? The mind boggles.
‘My 11-year-old daughter said to me the other night, “Dad, can one of my friends come round after school?”, “No!”, “Why?!”, “We’re in a lockdown!”’
‘If an 11-year-old can get her round it, surely Rita can… So the foreseeable future, I will not be playing any Rita Ora songs.
‘If you’re a big Rita Ora fan, I’m sure even you can see where I’m coming from,’ Ben added.
Rita was met with intense backlash on Monday after details emerged of her lockdown bash at Casa Cruz restaurant in Notting Hill, over the weekend.
The Anywhere star has since apologised for her ‘serious and inexcusable’ error of judgement over holding the birthday party, stating that she thought it ‘would be okay’.
‘Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday,’ she wrote on her Instagram story.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK. I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk.
‘This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgement. Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.
‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.
‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
Rita paid a £10,000 fine over the move, but has pulled out of a planned appearance on the Jonathan Ross Show.Credit: Original article published here.