Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Thursday apologized for participating in a racist skit as a student at Auburn University.

In a statement provided to The Hill, Ivey admitted her role in the skit performed at a Baptist Student Union party, in which she said she dressed up in black face and overalls. Ivey said the skit was not recorded, but it was described by her then-fiancé Ben LaRavia on a radio interview she and LaRavia gave with the Auburn student radio station.


In the recording, shared by Alabama Daily News, LaRavia responds to an interviewer asking about the couple’s “most hilarious” memories from the Baptist Student Union’s skit night.

LaRavia said, “As I look at my fiancée across the room, I can see her that night. She had on a pair of blue coveralls, she had put some black paint all over her face, and we were acting out this skit called ‘Cigar Butts.' ”

“It did not require a lot of talent as far as verbal talent, but it did involve a lot of physical acting such as crawling around the floor looking for cigar butts and things like this, which certainly got a big reaction from the audience,” he continued.

Asked whether she would like to “defend herself” in the recording, Ivey, who was the student body vice president at the time, responded, “that was just my role for the evening.”

In her Thursday statement, Ivey said she did not “recall either the skit, which evidently occurred at a Baptist Student Union party, or the interview itself.”

“Even though Ben is the one on tape remembering the skit — and I still don’t recall ever dressing up in overalls or in blackface — I will not deny what is the obvious,” Ivy said in the statement. 

“As such, I fully acknowledge — with genuine remorse — my participation in a skit like that back when I was a senior in college,” she continued.

The recording of the radio interview is part of an Auburn University Libraries historical audio project.

Ivey said that the skit “is not what my Administration represents all these years later.”

“I offer my heartfelt apologies for the pain and embarrassment this causes, and I will do all I can — going forward — to help show the nation that the Alabama of today is a far cry from the Alabama of the 1960s. We have come a long way, for sure, but we still have a long way to go,” she said.

Alabama state Rep. John Rogers (D) immediately called for Ivey to step down after news of the skit emerged. 

“If she did that, she is insensitive,” Rogers said, reported. “She needs to step down. She needs to be governor of all people.”

Earlier this year, photos from Auburn’s 1967 yearbook emerged of Ivey’s sorority sisters wearing blackface, but she is not pictured in the photos, reported.