Kerry Katona 'understands' complaints over Pussycat Dolls' raunchy routine: 'There's a time and place'

The Pussycat Dolls performing on stage at the O2 Arena in London in 2009. (PA)

Kerry Katona isn't surprised by the outrage the Pussycat Dolls caused with their raunchy routine on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The group, made up of Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar, generated complaints to Ofcom after their appearance on the programme on 22 February.

Roberts later responded to the complaints by saying the five some were "owning [their] femininity". But former Atomic Kitten member Katona criticised the comments in her New! column stating that she had to prevent her 11-year-old son from watching.

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She wrote: "There are ways to do that that don’t require wearing nothing but t***** tassels. I had to cover Max’s eyes!

Kerry Katona was in a girl group herself, and also did some topless modelling. (Photo by John Rogers/Getty Images)

"So I understand why people were put off. It may sound prudish and I’m sure some of you will call me a hypocrite considering I’ve done topless modelling, but I didn’t have kids then."

The mother-of-five went on to say she had concerns about exposing her children to "sexuality" at a young age. While encouraging the group, Katona opined that there was a "time and a place".

The dance troupe later picked up more complaints during a performance on The One Show for similar reasons.

However, that time their routine was also marred by a tech failure at the beginning of their rendition of their new song React.

Nicole Scherzinger attends the FOX All Star party at theTelevision Critics Association Winter press tour on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Their comeback on The X Factor: Celebrity also proved to be one of the most complained about TV moments in 2019 because of the nature of the costumes and routine.

Scherzinger has defended the racy outfits, with the 41-year-old stating: “Those costumes, we put that together in three days and those outfits were a bit provocative.

“But we're women now.”

She went on: “It takes courage to be that vulnerable.”