The BBC has denied that it bans same-sex couples from the studio audience of Top Gear after a gay couple were allegedly denied tickets to see the show.

Simon Reeves, from Surrey, was turned away from attending the live studio audience after he and his male partner were told the show has a policy of an even gender split in the audience, meaning that heterosexual couples can reserve tickets, but two men wanting to attend the recording must take two women with them.

Reeves felt that it was discriminatory against the gay community and only catered for heterosexual couples.

According to the Telegraph, a spokesman for the BBC categorically denied the allegations. The statement read:

“We do not – absolutely do not – discriminate against same sex couples,” she said. “The whole implication that Top Gear is in any way homophobic is completely wrong.

“The decision to have a balance of men and women in the audience was taken by the BBC back in 2002. Jeremy had nothing to do with it.”

Tickets for the show, which is recorded at an aircraft hangar in Dunsfold, Surrey, are handled by Applause Store, an external company and are only issued in multiples of two.

“We don’t ask people to apply as a couple, we ask them to apply as people,” the spokesman added.

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