Diversity's Ashley Banjo will 'rake in millions' with new projects after BAFTA win

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Ashley Banjo has revealed plans for new TV show appearances and a nationwide tour, which is reportedly set to earn him millions.

On Sunday he and Diversity won the Must See TV Moment of 2020 from BAFTA for the group’s controversial BLM-themed dance on Britain’s Got Talent which was voted on by the public.

Speaking to The Sun on Monday, the Dancing On Ice judge, 32, revealed he had a number of projects ‘in the pipeline’ including the launch of the dance troupe’s own studio. 

Success: Diversity's Ashley Banjo will 'rake in millions' with new projects after winning a BAFTA for BLM-inspired routine on Sunday (pictured with brother Jordan)

Success: Diversity’s Ashley Banjo will ‘rake in millions’ with new projects after winning a BAFTA for BLM-inspired routine on Sunday (pictured with brother Jordan)

He revealed: ‘There are a lot of new TV projects and shows in the pipeline, I can’t mention yet but they include The Void game show for ITV, the new Diversity tour and the opening of the brand new Diversity Studios which we’re really excited about!

‘But also some new projects that aren’t on the TV that you’ll be able to stream… Watch this space.’

‘We have our biggest tour of the UK and Ireland ever starting in Spring 2022 called Connected and I can’t wait to get back on the road with the team!’

The publication reported that these future projects were set to be very lucrative for him and the group, as it would earn them millions. MailOnline has contacted Ashley’s representatives or further comment.

Exciting: On Monday, the Dancing On Ice judge, 32, revealed he had a number of projects 'in the pipeline' including TV projects, the launch of the dance troupe's own studio, and a UK tour

Exciting: On Monday, the Dancing On Ice judge, 32, revealed he had a number of projects ‘in the pipeline’ including TV projects, the launch of the dance troupe’s own studio, and a UK tour

Delighted: Ashley said, 'We have our biggest tour of the UK and Ireland ever starting in Spring 2022 called Connected and I can't wait to get back on the road with the team!'

Delighted: Ashley said, ‘We have our biggest tour of the UK and Ireland ever starting in Spring 2022 called Connected and I can’t wait to get back on the road with the team!’

Earlier in the day, Ashley revealed he beefed up security for his wife and two children following the backlash over Diversity’s performance.

The dancer was subjected to an onslaught of online abuse following the show, and speaking to The Mirror, Ashley told how the abuse became so bad at one point that he feared for the safety of his wife Francesca and their daughter Rose, 2, and son Micah, 14 months.  

He said: ‘After the routine there was so much negativity. At one point I think I was counting 70 to 100 tweets a minute.

‘You get abusive messages and threats – “We know where you train, we know where you live”. We had to beef up our security system, just to make everyone who was home alone feel safer.

Shocking: Earlier in the day, Ashley revealed he beefed up security for his wife and two children following the backlash over Diversity's performance

Shocking: Earlier in the day, Ashley revealed he beefed up security for his wife and two children following the backlash over Diversity’s performance

‘When it was all kicking off my wife rang me and wanted to check how to set the alarm, what beams were where and where the keys were.’ 

Ashley also spoke to brother Jordan and fellow dancer Perri Kiely on their KISS FM Breakfast Show, and the pair explained the significance of winning the BAFTA. 

The dance troupe also revealed how they celebrated their big win, with Jordan and Ashley – who represented the group at the scaled-down Covid-friendly ceremony – joking about their very low-key revelry.    

Speaking about the moment they were waiting for their category to be announced, Jordan, 28, said to Ashley that he’d never seen him like that before, noting:  ‘I thought you were going to cry. You genuinely looked really scared’. 

'It's closed the chapter on negativity': After their win, Ashley revealed the impact of winning a BAFTA for BLM routine and said he celebrated with a burger before sleeping with the award

‘It’s closed the chapter on negativity’: After their win, Ashley revealed the impact of winning a BAFTA for BLM routine and said he celebrated with a burger before sleeping with the award

Explaining why he was so nervous heading into the awards, Ashley responded: ‘It was so much more than an award for all of us. 

‘The public had a way to quantify their opinion negatively with the complaints but there wasn’t really a way to capture the positivity, to capture the love.’

He continued: ‘It was out there, we felt it, But last night weirdly it just felt like a way for the public to say something else. If we didn’t win it was incredible to be nominated, but that was down to the BAFTA board. 

‘The win was down to the public. So if we win that, it’s how I’ll put a full stop behind this chapter for the rest of our lives. 

Nerves: Explaining why he was so nervous heading into the awards, Ashley admitted, 'It was so much more than an award for all of us'

Nerves: Explaining why he was so nervous heading into the awards, Ashley admitted, ‘It was so much more than an award for all of us’

‘It won’t be the complaints anymore it’ll be the BAFTA award-winning performance… I’m not going to remember it now cause of the negativity, I’m going to remember it cause we are BAFTA award-winners boy!’ 

While Ashley and Jordan were left jubilant by their win, they kept their celebrations low-key. 

Jordan confessed: ‘Me and Ash left the BAFTAs, we went back to my hotel room. We ordered Five Guys and then I fell asleep. Crazy stuff.’ 

Ashley added that he had a panic in the morning, however, when we couldn’t find the BAFTA after falling asleep cradling it. 

Yum: Ashley reflected, 'The win was down to the public. So if we win that, it's how I'll put a full stop behind this chapter for the rest of our lives'

Yum: Ashley reflected, ‘The win was down to the public. So if we win that, it’s how I’ll put a full stop behind this chapter for the rest of our lives’

He confessed: ‘I did that thing, you know when you’re trying to find your phone and you don’t know where it is. I looked around and was like, there it is! The BAFTA.

‘I fell asleep on the settee and it was on the floor by the coffee table. It was a rock n roll night for me last night.’ 

The interview came after Ashley used his speech accepting the BAFTA to describe the ‘torrent of abuse’ he received after Diversity’s controversial BLM-themed dance.

The star even thanked some users for the hateful comments he received, stating it proved that ‘so much needs to change’ during Sunday’s ceremony.  

Important: The 2021 British Academy Television Awards saw Diversity triumph on Sunday night, with Ashley Banjo reflecting on the 'torrent of abuse' he received following the dance

Important: The 2021 British Academy Television Awards saw Diversity triumph on Sunday night, with Ashley Banjo reflecting on the ‘torrent of abuse’ he received following the dance

Despite the ceremony succeeding in its attempts to adhere to Covid restrictions, it wasn’t without hiccups with some guests dropping a pre-watershed expletive, and a momentous victory for Casualty plagued by technical issues.  

Ashley joined his brother Jordan on the stage to accept the award for Must See TV Moment, the only prize voted by the viewing public. 

The pair reflected on the horrific abuse they’d received after their dance following the death of George Floyd sparked 24,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom.

Ofcom did not uphold complaints about the dance, saying the routine’s ‘message was a call for social cohesion and unity’. 

Ashley said: ‘Being in a storm of 30,000 comments just being in a torrent of threats, that support made a difference. I want to say thank you to the people who poured that abuse online, you showed why that performance was necessary.

‘As much as there’s so many conversations and so much needs to change, this is what change looks like, I’m so thankful to all those people, for me it’s not about presenting the minority, standing here right now this represents the majority, thank you so much. Let’s keep standing up for what’s right.’

Shortlist: Diversity's controversial Black Lives Matter routine on Britain's Got Talent (pictured) sparked 24,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom

Shortlist: Diversity’s controversial Black Lives Matter routine on Britain’s Got Talent (pictured) sparked 24,000 complaints to media watchdog Ofcom

BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Winners

 Drama Series 

Save Me Too  

Drama Series:  Save Me Too starring Suranne Jonea and Lennie James

Drama Series:  Save Me Too starring Suranne Jonea and Lennie James

Leading Actor

Paul Mescal – Normal People   

Leading Actor: Paul Mescal in  Normal People

Leading Actor: Paul Mescal in  Normal People

Leading Actress

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You 

Leading Actress: Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You

Leading Actress: Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You

Supporting Actor 

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe

Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby in  Small Axe

Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby in  Small Axe 

Supporting Actress

Rakie Ayola – Anthony

Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola in Anthony

Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola in Anthony

Comedy Entertainment Programme 

The Big Narstie Show  

Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show

Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education 

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood in Sex Education

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood in Sex Education

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – This Country

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper in This Country

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper in This Country

Mini-Series 

I May Destroy You

Mini-Series: I May Destroy You starring Michaela Coel and Weruche Opia

Mini-Series: I May Destroy You starring Michaela Coel and Weruche Opia 

Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion (Exposure) 

Current Affairs: America's War On Abortion (Exposure)

Current Affairs: America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)

Daytime 

The Great House Giveaway

Daytime The Great House Giveaway

Daytime The Great House Giveaway 

Entertainment Performance

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation 

Entertainment Performance Romesh Ranganathan - The Ranganation

Entertainment Performance Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation

 Entertainment Programme 

Life & Rhymes

Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes

Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes

Factual Series 

Once Upon A Time In Iraq 

Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Features 

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

News Coverage 

Sky News: Inside Idlib 

News Coverage: Sky News: Inside Idlib

News Coverage: Sky News: Inside Idlib

Reality & Constructed Factual 

The School That Tried To End Racism

Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism

Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism

Single Drama

Sitting In Limbo

Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo

Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo

Soap & Continuing Drama

Casualty

Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty

Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty

International

Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

Live Event 

Springwatch

Live Event: Springwatch

Live Event: Springwatch

Scripted Comedy 

Inside No. 9

Scripted Comedy: Inside No. 9

Scripted Comedy: Inside No. 9

Short Form Programme

They Saw The Sun First 

Short Form Programme: They Saw The Sun First

Short Form Programme: They Saw The Sun First

Single Documentary

Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (Voted For By The Public)

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020

Virgin Media's Must-See Moment: Britain's Got Talent - Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment: Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020 

 

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