Wednesday 21 March 2018

Amstell shocks with Watson joke

Simon Amstell shocked viewers with a joke about Russell Watson
Simon Amstell shocked viewers with a joke about Russell Watson

Comic Simon Amstell stunned BBC Breakfast presenters by cracking a joke about Russell Watson's brain tumour while the singer waited off-camera to be interviewed.

The star's comments came as Bill Turnbull and Sian Williams tried to wrap up an interview with him on the BBC1 show.

He said: "Stop talking. We're finished. Got to get Russell on with his tumour."

The remarks prompted nervous giggles from the pair before Turnbull told Amstell: "Now you do have to stop talking."

Williams added: "He's right there. He'll hit you on the way out."

The comment about the popular opera singer, who had emergency surgery to treat a brain tumour in 2007, came after Amstell admitted he could have been "more sensitive" with some of his jokes.

Earlier this month Noel Fielding said Amstell's jibes put guests off from appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks while he hosted the show.

Ordinary Boys singer Samuel Preston famously stormed off the BBC2 show in 2007 when Amstell read out bits of his then wife Chantelle Houghton's autobiography.

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