Comic Relief's 'unfunny' Red Nose Day cleared by Ofcom

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More than 300 people complained to TV Watchdog Ofcom over Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.

However Ofcom has today cleared the show, saying it will not be investigating the complaints any further.


The latest telethon for charity came under fire this year with viewers variously branding the show 'unfunny', 'disgusting' and 'dreadful'.

There have been complaints over some of the language used and one particular sketch that prompted objections saw Vic Reeves apparently flash a fake penis from under a kilt while chatting to Susanna Reid.

A spokesperson for Ofcom said this week that they had "carefully considered" the complaints but would not be taking them any further.

"We recognise that some of the comedy sketches were not to everyone's taste," they told the BBC News, but added that the segments were "inexplicit and consistent with the live, unpredictable format of this established charity programme".

Following last month's telethon, viewers on Twitter firmly gave the telethon a thumbs down.

"The worst Red Nose Day I've ever watched. Not one funny sketch and two different 'comedians' swearing before watershed. Disgusting," one wrote.

Another remarked: "So Reeves and Mortimer exposing a fake penis to Susanna Reid, talking weird and making her uncomfortable is supposed to be funny?"

An average audience of 6.3 million viewers watched the main show, down almost 2 million viewers on the previous show in 2015 and over 3 million below the 2013 figure.


The biennial event in fact dropped to its lowest ratings since at least the 90s, where over 8 million were tuning in.

Despite the poor viewing numbers and complaints, donations during the show plus those from other Red Nose Day events across the country still managed to raise £71 million for good causes in the UK and the rest of the world.

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