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Ofcom has deemed that a joke told by Jimmy Carr on BBC’s The One Show last year breached broadcasting rules.
The comedian’s “offensive” quip about ‘dwarf shortage’ sparked 11 complaints in November 2015.
Appearing as a guest on the talk show, Jimmy told host Alex Jones and fellow guest Rod Stewart he once tried to come up with a two-word joke.
He said, “I tried to write the shortest joke possible. So I wrote a two-word joke which was: ‘Dwarf shortage’. It’s just so I could pack more jokes into the show.”
The Channel 4 star then continued: “If you’re a dwarf and you’re offended by that, grow up.”
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Following an investigation the media watchdog has now ruled the show was in breach of broadcasting standards.
“We found this programme broke broadcasting rules because of offensive comments made by comedian Jimmy Carr,” said Ofcom.
“We found Jimmy Carr’s comments, which attempted to derive humour from the medical condition of dwarfism, were capable of causing considerable offence.
“Although one of the presenters made an apology towards the end of the programme, we considered it was not sufficient to mitigate the offence caused by Mr Carr’s remarks.”