Saturday 7 December 2019

Channel 4's Jon Snow apologises following backlash over joke about death of Alan Rickman

Richard Wilson talking to Jon Snow about Alan Rickman's death
Richard Wilson talking to Jon Snow about Alan Rickman's death
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Jon Snow has apologised following backlash from viewers over a joke he made on Channel 4 news about the death of Alan Rickman.

Rickman passed away, surrounded by his family and friends, on Thursday, just a few months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The British star, best known for his roles in films including Die Hard and the Harry Potter series, was 69.

Fellow actor and Rickman's friend Richard Wilson appeared on Channel 4 news on Thursday night as part of a tribute item to speak to Jon Snow about his friend's death.

Snow today took to Twitter to address the issue and apologise.

"I apologise unreservedly it was a mistake in the heat of a sad moment".

During the course of the interview Wilson revealed he and Rickman had worked together in 1980 with Wilson directing Rickman in a play called Commitments.  He also spoke about Rickman's willingness to travel wherever you were if you needed him.

Snow asked him if he had known that Rickman was dying to which Wilson replied that he had.

Snow then joked, "So it wasn't a case of 'I don't believe it' then?" in reference to Wilson's famous catchphrase, 'I don't believe it!' from long-running TV series One Foot in the Grave.

Wilson smiled but some viewers took to Twitter to voice their upset at the joke.

"Blimey, Jon Snow shoehorned an 'I don't believe it!' quote into an interview with Richard Wilson about his friend Alan Rickman's death :(" wrote one while another posted, "Jon Snow @Channel4News just asked Richard Wilson if, when he heard Alan Rickman had died, it was a case of  ' I don't believe it' Not good."

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