James Corden apologises for jokes about Harvey Weinstein in gala speech

James Corden apologises for jokes about Harvey Weinstein in gala speech

The TV host said on Twitter to say he didn't mean to make light of the Hollywood producer's behaviour

Monday, October 16, 2017

James Corden has apologised for jokes relating to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein made during a speech in Los Angeles. 

While speaking at the AmfAR Gala, the host of The Late Late Show cracked jokes about some of the producer's alleged behaviour, like asking women to massage him, watch him bathe, or masturbating into potted plants.

The material provoked groans from the audience, and prompted fury online from a number of Twitter users. 

Rose McGowan, who has accused Weinstein of raping her, was one of the most vehement critics, calling Corden a "motherF****** piglet" on Twitter. 

Now, the former Gavin and Stacey star has released a statement on the social network to apologise for his comments, saying: 

A host of former work colleagues and high-profile actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Beckinsale have made allegations against the disgraced producer, who is reported to have gone to a facility in Arizona for rehab. 

Weinstein's wife, Georgina Chapman, has left him and he has been fired from his own production company over the allegations.

Weinstein's spokesperson has said he denies the allegations against him, but added that he wishes to learn from the mistakes he has made.