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James Corden Apologizes for Harvey Weinstein amfAR Jokes
Al Michaels also apologized for making a Weinstein Joke During "Sunday Night Football."
James Corden has apologized for his jokes about Harvey Weinstein at Friday night's (Oct. 13) amfAR gala in Los Angeles. The Late Late Show host, who emceed the event, made light of the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Weinstein. The quips received a mixed response in the room, and later actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, who have accused Weinstein of sexual assault, slammed Corden for his comments.
YOU MOTHERFUCKING PIGLET https://t.co/UU9LitO9zJ— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 15, 2017
Corden began by joking, “Right here in L.A., it’s so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage." After hearing the mixed response, he added, “I don’t know whether that groan was that you like that joke or you don’t like that joke. If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now.”
Nobody left, The Hollywood Reporter observed, and Corden continued: “It has been weird this week watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath — it's weird watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water.”
He also said — referencing the account of TV reporter Lauren Sivan, who claims Weinstein masturbated in front of her and ejaculated into a potted plant — “Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.” Corden himself took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon to apologize for what he said.
To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, (1/2)— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 15, 2017
but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention. (2/2)— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 15, 2017
The Weinstein allegations were addressed by many late-night talk show hosts over the past week, including Corden himself, who joked about the sexual-harassment allegations against the mogul on Monday night's edition of CBS' The Late Late Show. But in many cases, including the jokes from Corden's colleagues, including Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee and Seth Meyers, any Weinstein remarks also included strong condemnations of his alleged behavior.
Veteran sportscaster Al Michael's has also apologized for a joke he made during NBC's Sunday Night Football that referenced Weinstein. During the third quarter of the game between the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos, Michaels compared the Giants to the disgraced movie mogul.
"I mean, let's face it. The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein and they're up 14 points," he said, referencing recent season-ending injuries to three players along with another player's suspension.
Many Twitter users — including fellow sports broadcasters, reporters and viewers — were quick to criticize the veteran broadcaster. "Al Michaels is probably the best play-by-play guy in history. But boy... that was a big, big lapse in judgment," wrote The Bleacher Report's Doug Farrar. Added the Tucson Star's Zack Rosenblatt: "Al Michaels just tried making a Harvey Weinstein joke. It didn't work."
Michaels later apologized during the live broadcast for his comment, saying: "Sorry I made a reference earlier. I tried to be a little flip about somebody obviously very much in the news all over the country. It was not meant in that manner. So my apologies, and we will just leave it at that.”
Al Michaels' apology for Weinstein joke pic.twitter.com/QrIPTb6l2X— That Dude (@cjzer0) October 16, 2017
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.