Russell Howard: BBC made me rewrite 'offensive Isis joke'
28 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

Russell Howard: BBC made me rewrite 'offensive Isis joke'

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ussell Howard says the BBC made him "rewrite" a joke in case it "offended Isis".

The 38-year-old comedian was told to re-record a segment of his series "Russell Howard's Good News" after show bosses "lost their mind" when he made a quip, saying the Islamic State group "weren't Muslims".

Speaking on his Sky One show "The Russell Howard Hour", he said: "A while back I worked for the BBC and I did a piece about the Paris attacks when I said Isis weren't Muslims, they were terrorists - and the crowd cheered.

"And then, at the end of the show, the BBC lost their mind, [saying] "You need to re-record it! You need to say Isis aren't "devout Muslims".

"I was like, "Are you worried we are going to offend Isis?" "Are they going to write in?" "

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The comic then imagined a terrorist writing a letter of complaint to the Beeb: ""Dear Points Of View, imagine my horror when I was misrepresented on a late-night satire show.

"Farouk and I will be cancelling our TV licence. Please excuse my handwriting, I have a hook for a hand." "

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He added: "F**k those traitors to their faith! If they are killing people, the least I can do as a comedian is call them names. And if Isis gets upset, then f**k them."

The star's "The Russell Hour Hour" show was recently recommissioned, and he admitted it was a "ridiculous privilege" to be able to continue work on the series.

In a statement, he said: "I absolutely love doing this show.

"It's such a ridiculous privilege that I get to write jokes as the world spins out of control."

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