Jo Brand controversy: Comedian returns to BBC show despite ‘crass’ battery acid joke


Ms Brand had caused controversy earlier in the week after joke she made during the BBC programme, Heresy. The BBC was forced to apologise for any offence caused after Ms Brand said: “Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?” Met Police also confirmed that they will take no further action over the joke following a brief investigation in the Ms Brand’s “crass” joke.

According to The Daily Telegraph, internally, the BBC is supporting the comedian who is due to appear on air on Thursday evening at 11.00pm for VIP RIP – a show which looks back on the lives of celebrities who have died that week.

An insider told The Daily Telegraph: “Jo Brand is a much-loved comedian and part of the Radio 4 family – she will continue to be so, and will continue to appear on our programmes.”

Following the joke, Ms Brand was widely criticised and as result the comedian has pulled out of an event with the Alzheimer’s society on Saturday.

A statement issued by the society said: “Unfortunately in light of recent events, Jo’s schedule has now changed and she’s not able to attend the Buzz Bingo event, celebrating their contribution to Alzheimer’s Society.”

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On Friday, Ofcom announced that they had received 287 complaints while the BBC is also in the process of assessing the issue internally.

Ms Brand did apologise for the joke which she termed “crass and ill-judged” while Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage called her comments an “incitement of violence”.

Mr Farage told The Daily Telegraph: “I’m going to ask Jo Brand and the BBC whether they would like to contribute to the costs of keeping me safe.

“This is way above any norms of free speech – it is appalling and the fact that the BBC spends £177 million a year on light entertainment and comedy… this was a pre-recorded programme which they still chose to put out.”

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The BBC has since removed the clip from its website and issued a statement regarding Ms Brand’s comments.

The broadcaster’s statement said: “Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously.

“We carefully considered the programme before broadcast.

“It was never intended to encourage or condone violence, and it does not do so, but we have noted the strong reaction to it.

“Comedy will always push boundaries and will continue to do so, but on this occasion, we have decided to edit the programme. We regret any offence we have caused.”


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