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TV3 apologises for 'not very tasteful' 9/11 joke by comedian Andrew Stanley on The Seven O'Clock Show

Published 09/10/2015 | 10:52

Madeline Mulqueen and Andrew Stanley on The Seven O'Clock Show
Madeline Mulqueen and Andrew Stanley on The Seven O'Clock Show

TV3 has apologised to viewers for a joke made by comedian Andrew Stanley on The Seven O'Clock Show on Thursday evening.

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Stanley appeared on the show to promote MOVE for Movember and one joke didn't quite elicit a raucous response from fellow guest Madeline Mulqueen and hosts Lucy Kennedy and Martin King.

When asked by one viewer to share his joke that gets the best reaction, he hesitated and replied, "I have one.  It's kind of a controversial one."

He added, "I'm debating whether to do this or not." before continuing to tell the joke.

Martin King, Madeline Mulqueen, Lucy Kennedy, and Andrew Stanley on the 7 O'Clock Show. PIC: Andrew Stanley Twitter
Martin King, Madeline Mulqueen, Lucy Kennedy, and Andrew Stanley on the 7 O'Clock Show. PIC: Andrew Stanley Twitter

"It's basically about Irish people and how they're so patriotic, and if anyone offends us we tend to rally back straight away.

"So for example I saw two American girls walk into a bar on Grafton Street and order two Irish Car Bombs, which in America is a very popular student drink. 

"The guy got really offended and said I won't make them for you but I'll make something else.

"So he got two shot glasses, filled them with sambuca, set them on fire and said, 'There's your twin towers.  Have a nice trip'."

TV3 did not receive any complaints about Andrew's joke.  However, the broadcaster has apologised to viewers.

"Andrew did make a joke, that wasn't very funny and not very tasteful," said a TV3 statement.

" Although Andrew did warn viewers, TV3 apologises if it caused any offence to anyone. Martin and Lucy moved on as swiftly as they could.”

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