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Jimmy Carr shocks with controversial 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden joke in new Netflix show


Jimmy Carr shocks with controversial 9/11 and Osama Bin Laden joke in new Netflix show months after he came under fire for Holocaust quip

  • Jimmy Carr is set to shock Netflix viewers once again by making a controversial joke about the September 11 attacks by al-Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden in a new show
  • It comes just months after the comedian, 49, stunned subscribers of the streaming giant when he made an ill-judged wisecrack about Roma gypsies and the Holocaust in special Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material last year
  • In the new joke, which is featured in the newly released The Best Of Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, Jimmy is heard comparing the 2001 New York terror attacks which saw nearly 3,000 people lose their lives to the moment Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015

Jimmy Carr is set to shock Netflix viewers once again by making a controversial joke about the September 11 attacks by al-Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden in a new show.

It comes just months after the comedian, 49, stunned subscribers of the streaming giant when he made a shocking wisecrack about Roma gypsies and the Holocaust in special Jimmy Carr: His Dark Material last year.

In the new joke, which is featured in the newly released The Best Of Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, Jimmy is heard comparing the 2001 New York terror attacks which saw nearly 3,000 people lose their lives to the moment Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015.

Close to the bone: Jimmy Carr, 49, is set to shock Netflix viewers once again by making a controversial joke about the September 11 attacks by al-Qaeda

Close to the bone: Jimmy Carr, 49, is set to shock Netflix viewers once again by making a controversial joke about the September 11 attacks by al-Qaeda

Jimmy says: ‘Now you might think this is silly, but it’s absolutely true. When Zayn left One Direction, for me, it was like 9/11 — I didn’t care about that either.

‘I was actually supposed to be on one of the planes on 9/11, but the more interesting story is how I met Osama.’

MailOnline has contacted Netflix and representatives for Jimmy for comment.

Comedy? In the new joke, Jimmy is heard comparing the 2001 New York terror attacks which saw nearly 3,000 people lose their lives to the moment Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015

Comedy? In the new joke, Jimmy is heard comparing the 2001 New York terror attacks which saw nearly 3,000 people lose their lives to the moment Zayn Malik left One Direction in 2015

It comes after Jimmy caused controversy when he joked that the ‘thousands of gypsies killed by the Nazis’ was a ‘positive’ effect of the Holocaust on his Netflix special last year.

Channel 4 backed him after the joke as they announced he’ll front another series of his game show I ­Literally Just Told You. 

The broadcaster confirmed the star will host another eight episodes of the series, which first aired last year, despite calls for him to be ‘cancelled’ in the wake of his controversial gaffe.

Shock: It comes just months after the comedian stunned subscribers of the streaming giant when he made an ill-judged wisecrack about Roma gypsies and the Holocaust

Shock: It comes just months after the comedian stunned subscribers of the streaming giant when he made an ill-judged wisecrack about Roma gypsies and the Holocaust

In an interview with Broadcast magazine, Channel 4 chief Ian Katz backed Jimmy’s controversial humour, saying: ‘I defend the rights of com­edians to make offensive jokes and if they can’t, then comedy is dead.’

‘Jimmy hasn’t espoused any views at odds with C4 values and just as we as a broadcaster exist to serve and represent a wide range of communities, we should always be home to the widest range of voices.’

In a widely-shared clip from his Netflix show, Jimmy joked about the horror of the Holocaust and ‘six million Jewish lives being lost’.  

As a punchline, he then made a disparaging remark about the deaths of thousands of gypsies at the hands of the Nazis.

‘But they never mention the thousands of gypsies that were killed by the Nazis. No one ever wants to talk about that, because no one ever wants to talk about the positives,’ Carr quipped to a laughing audience.

The joke caused widespread backlash and prompted a debate about racism and free speech.

Jimmy left the joke out of his live comedy show in Cambridge after the council said it would light up the venue in the colours of the Romani flag.

His management was said to have ‘assured’ Cambridge city councillors that no material from the show will feature at the gig at the Corn Exchange.

Comparison: Jimmy compared the 9/11 attacks to the moment Zayn Malik (top left) left One Direction in 2015 (One Direction pictured in 2012)

Comparison: Jimmy compared the 9/11 attacks to the moment Zayn Malik (top left) left One Direction in 2015 (One Direction pictured in 2012)

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