The Good Place's Jameela Jamil opens up about the controversy surrounding her new show Legendary

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Set to launch on HBO Max next week, reality show Legendary has been criticised within the LGBTQ+ community.

The Good Place's Jameela Jamil appears as a judge in the new series, which features ballroom dancers competing for a $100,000 cash prize. But back in February, she was forced to correct a press release that incorrectly named her as Legendary's emcee.

Before the mistake was cleared up, it drew a flood of criticism from individuals who deemed Jameela's major involvement as appropriation of a marginalised culture – she's now addressed the controversy while speaking to Entertainment Weekly.

After pointing out that any focus on the show should now be aimed at "the kids" from the dancefloor, she commented: "I don't mean that in a pissy way, we went there, we did that, it was all in my f**king face. I should never have been centered in that. It was just a f**k-up on a press release, and we've moved on."

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The actress went on to reveal that Dashaun Wesley had already signed on to be the emcee for two years, and added that "for whatever f**king reason, the world was behind and the show was not getting sold, even though it had all these incredible people attached to it from the beginning".

Jameela appears as a celebrity judge on Legendary alongside Megan Thee Stallion, Leiomy Maldonado and Law Roach.

The Good Place aired on NBC in the US, and Netflix in the UK. You can also catch it on E4. Legendary premieres on HBO Max when the streaming service launches May 27.

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