Jimmy Carr has defended the joke he made about war amputees but admitted to Sky News that criticism of his humour was "long overdue". The comedian caused outrage after making the joke, in which he referred to wounded soldiers taking part in the paralympics, at his live stand-up show in Manchester over a week ago. Carr, though, stands by the gag, claiming he was not being "disrespectful" to the armed forces. But he has apologised to people who "got that impression". He said that the criticism was a long time coming, as he has been "getting away" with his edgy material for more than 10 years.
"I think it is fine for me to say those things," he said defiantly, "but I also think it's fine for those papers to have an opinion and say ‘listen we don't like it’".
What did trouble the comic was the way the media handled the story.
"The thing that upset me was radio stations and newspapers phoning up people who had been affected by the war in Afghanistan, directly, and telling them a joke on the phone.