Saturday 16 December 2017

Jimmy Carr to get teased tonight on comedy panel show over tax affairs

Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr

Comedian Jimmy Carr faces merciless teasing from his 8 Out Of 10 Cats team-mates after dominating the headlines this week over his tax affairs.

Carr will front the Channel 4 comedy panel game for the first time since the news broke about him using a complex scheme to avoid paying HM Revenue and Customs.

Team captain Sean Lock wades in by telling Carr: "We all like to put a bit of money away for a rainy day, don't we? But I think you're more prepared than Noah."

When he heard Carr was on the front pages of newspapers, Lock joked that he feared much worse. He said: "I was expecting to see one of those white police tents in the background and a copper holding a laptop in a see-through carrier bag."

Carr, whose tax affairs drew a string of criticism including from David Cameron, said: "I've been dishing it out for years, it's about time I got some."

And he went on: "I hate to sound like I'm passing the buck, but I'll tell you who I blame for this whole mess - me. It's entirely my fault."

In a statement in which he admitted making a "terrible error of judgment", Carr said he met a financial adviser who asked: "Do you want to pay less tax? It's totally legal."

Lock suggested that Carr should have gone to his accountant.

"Best accountant in the world," he said. "I've got Stephen Hawking. He's put my money in another dimension."

8 Out Of 10 Cats is on Channel 4 at 10pm on Friday

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