Tuesday 13 November 2018

TV3's Vincent Browne apologises over controversial 'beheading' comments

Vincent Browne
Vincent Browne

Geraldine Gittens and Denise Calnan

TV3’s Vincent Browne was forced to apologise after he made controversial comments about beheadings on his current affairs show last night.

The “Tonight With Vincent Browne” presenter sparked a reaction from his viewers when he told his panellists “we don’t do beheadings here”.

Browne was joking with his panellists journalist Niamh Lyons and Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer on how he’d given them a grilling during the show. He said he was giving them “compassionate release”.

“We’ll give compassionate release... we’ve got two hostages here... but we don’t do beheadings so it’s OK.”

“We’re going to have two other hostages in a moment and we’ll get to the front pages of tomorrow morning’s papers while these two other people are being released.”

Browne returned to the studio after the show's credits rolled to apologise for the comments.

A TV3 spokesperson told independent.ie today: “Vincent Browne apologised for his comments directly after the show. He was very apologetic."

She said the comments didn’t cause a reaction and they had received no complaints from viewers.

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