Jimmy Carr is backed by Channel 4 bosses with game show renewal after Holocaust joke outrage

‘If they can’t crack offensive jokes, comedy is dead’: Jimmy Carr is backed by Channel 4 bosses with game show renewal – after sparking outrage with Holocaust gag

  • Jimmy is set to present another series of his game show I Literally Just Told You on Channel 4
  • In a widely shared clip from his Netflix show His Dark Material, Jimmy joked about the horror of the Holocaust and ‘six million Jewish lives lost’
  • As a punchline, he then made a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of gypsies at the hands of the Nazis

Channel 4 bosses have backed Jimmy Carr after he sparked outrage with a Holocaust joke as they announced he would be front and center in another series of his game show I Literally Just Tell You.

The broadcaster has confirmed that the comic will host eight more episodes of the series, which first aired last year, despite calls for it to be “cancelled” following its controversial gaffe.

Jimmy, 49, drew criticism over a clip from his Netflix special His Dark Material, which saw him joke that the ‘thousands of gypsies killed by the Nazis’ were a ‘positive’ effect of the Holocaust .

Defend: Channel 4 bosses have backed Jimmy Carr after he sparked outrage with a Holocaust joke as they announced he would headline another series of I Literally Just Told You

In an interview with Broadcast magazine, Channel 4 chief Ian Katz backed Jimmy’s controversial humor saying: “I defend the right of comedians to crack offensive jokes and if they can’t then comedy is dead.”

“Jimmy has not espoused any views contrary to C4’s values ​​and just as we as a broadcaster exist to serve and represent a wide range of communities, we should always be home to the widest range of voices.”

Ian added that Channel 4 would not have aired Jimmy’s Holocaust joke on their network as it would break Ofcom rules.

Back to work: The broadcaster has confirmed that the comic will host eight more episodes of the series, which first aired last year, despite calls for its

Back to work: The broadcaster has confirmed that the comic will host eight more episodes of the series, which first aired last year, despite calls for it to be ‘cancelled’

He added: “The Ofcom code states that material which may cause offense must be justified by clear context and we make these calls day in and day out. It’s really hard to generalize, but you watch each show on its merits.

I Literally Just Told You sees contestants tasked with writing down everything they see and hear from other contestants, as they may become questions later in the program.

The new series will also include two celebrity specials.

Shocking: Jimmy drew criticism over a clip from his Netflix special, which saw him joking that the

Shocking: Jimmy drew criticism over a clip from his Netflix special, which saw him joke that the ‘thousands of gypsies killed by the Nazis’ were a ‘positive’ effect of the Holocaust

In a widely shared clip from his Netflix show, Jimmy joked about the horror of the Holocaust and “six million Jewish lives lost.”

As a punchline, he then made a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of gypsies at the hands of the Nazis.

“But they never mention the thousands of gypsies who were killed by the Nazis. Nobody ever wants to talk about it, because nobody ever wants to talk about the positives,’ Carr joked to a laughing audience.

But the joke caused widespread backlash elsewhere and sparked debate about racism and free speech.

Jimmy left the joke out of his Cambridge live comedy show after the council said he would light the room in the colors of the Roma flag.

Its management reportedly “assured” Cambridge councilors that no material from the show would appear at the concert at the Corn Exchange.

Outrage: The joke sparked widespread backlash elsewhere and sparked debate over racism and free speech

Outrage: The joke sparked widespread backlash elsewhere and sparked debate over racism and free speech

Jewish comedian David Baddiel, 57, was among others to gag Jimmy.

David said: “Obviously you can tell a cruel, inhumane, mean-spirited, racist Holocaust joke.”

“Or you can say one that targets the oppressors, or draws attention to the fundamental evil of it, or shines and illuminates the humanity of the victims.

“It’s not the subject of the joke that matters, it’s the details of the individual joke. Obviously, Jimmy Carr’s was the first.

Meanwhile, Tory MP and Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told BBC News the gag order was “abhorrent”.

'Inhuman': Jewish comedian David Baddiel, 57, was among others to gag Jimmy

‘Inhuman’: Jewish comedian David Baddiel, 57, was among others to gag Jimmy

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