Nigel Farage’s national radio show on U.K. station LBC has been abruptly canceled.
A spokesperson for the station, owned by media and entertainment group Global, said on Thursday: “Nigel Farage’s contract with LBC is up very shortly and, following discussions with him, Nigel is stepping down from LBC with immediate effect. We thank Nigel for the enormous contribution he has made to LBC and wish him well.”
Farage, a former MEP and one of the most recognizable — and controversial — figures in U.K. politics, began hosting his LBC show in 2017. A political discussion program, Faragehas used it throughout the political upheavals of recent years as a platform to air his own views while taking calls from members of the public.
Most recently, Farage has been an outspoken critic of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling it “a far left Marxist organisation that wants to abolish the police and dismantle capitalism” and has criticized major media outlets’ coverage of protests in the U.K. for taking what he said was an “uncritical” stance on flare-ups of violence.
Global, which also owns several popular commercial radio stations in the U.K., has been beset by a number of internal complaints from staff in recent days regarding the company’s reaction to Black Lives Matters protests in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere.
It is not clear whether or to what extent Farage’s departure is linked to staff unrest at Global.
A spokesperson for Farage has been contacted for comment.