Matt Lucas and David Walliams apologised for having played characters of different ethnic origins in their sketche Little Britain.
The series has used the makeup blackface in a few sketches. Earlier this week, it was removed from BBC iPlayer, Netflix and BritBox after objections surfaced.
The couple said that they ” regret that we have played characters of other races “.
“Once again, we want to say clearly that this was wrong and we are very sorry “, they said in their statements.
Lucas and Walliams have said that they had both spoken publicly in recent years about the regrets they felt about such scenes.
In 2017, Lucas said : “If I could go back and redo Little Britain, I would not make these jokes about transvestites. I would not play the characters black.
“Ondamentalement, I would not do this show now. It would bother people. We did a kind of comedy more cruel than I would now.
Walliams has also declared that he would “definitely do it differently” in the cultural landscape of today.
Earlier this year, Lucas said the couple would ” love to bring it back in a certain way and at a given time “, and suggested a show Little Britain stage could be an option.
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Walliams used black makeup and a wig for afro to play a black woman Desiree DeVere, while Lucas used blackface to play pastor Jesse King.
Last Friday, after protests of racism, Netflix has withdrawn the issuance of its platform with its other comedy, Come Fly With Me.
The BBC and Britbox took Little Britain on Monday. The two outlets have declared that “times have changed” since its first broadcast.
Little Britain was broadcast for the first time in 2003 and ran for four series until 2008.
Come Fly With Me was released in 2010 and there were complaints then about the representation of characters, racist stereotypes and the use of blackface.