The public service broadcaster has since apologised after receiving more than 18,600 complaints about the racial slur, which was aired during a news report on Points West and the BBC News Channel last month. Now, Hughes has revealed that she was invited on to Newsnight to discuss the issue.
After turning down the appearance, Hughes explained her decision on Twitter, telling followers that there should be "no debate" over the BBC's conduct. The stand-up also argued that she had "never seen a productive and fair TV debate about race in the UK".
"I've been asked to go on Newsnight tonight to talk about the BBC, but politely declined. I've never seen a productive and fair TV debate about race in the UK. And when it comes to this issue, there's no debate for me," Hughes wrote.
"Having to justify why it was wrong feels like a step backwards."
London added that whoever appeared in her place on the programme would have her "full support", before later posting another tweet sharing her incredulity at having "to explain" why a white BBC presenter using the N-word "is a bad thing".
Whoever does decide to go on has my full support! I only wish I was actually in the country to watch it! x
— London Hughes (@TheLondonHughes) August 10, 2020
The BBC has received widespread criticism for its slow response to viewer complaints, with BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sideman, also known as David Whitely, resigning over the incident.
BBC director-general Tony Hall later issued an apology, which was welcomed by the BBC's director of creative diversity and Loose Women presenter June Sarpong.
"I am glad BBC director general Tony Hall has personally intervened to unequivocally apologise over BBC News' use of the N-word," she said in a tweet.
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