James Corden Apologizes For Harvey Weinstein Jokes At amfAR Gala

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James Corden Harvey Weinstein Jokes

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James Corden Harvey Weinstein Jokes

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James Corden is apologizing after making Harvey Weinstein jokes at Friday’s eighth annual amfAR Gala in Los Angeles. The “Late Late Show” host, who was the master of ceremonies at the AIDS research fundraiser, said in a couple of tweets on Sunday that “sexual assault is no laughing matter,” and that his remarks were to “shame” Weinstein and not his accusers. He added that he was “truly sorry for anyone offended,” and that it was not his intention to hurt anyone.

A number of audience members at the gala groaned at Corden’s jokes about Weinstein. In a video that went viral (below), there was audible dissatisfaction with the late-night comedian’s cracks about the filmmaker, who was recently exposed in both the New York Times and New Yorker for sexually harassing and assaulting numerous women over the past three decades. At the amfAR event, where Julia Roberts received the Award of Courage for her fight against AIDS, Corden noted it was a beautiful night it Los Angeles. “So beautiful,” he continued, “Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage.”

Following some groans, Corden responded, “If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now.” He went on to joke, “It has been weird this week, hasn’t it, 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.” Despite the vocal disapproval, Corden persisted with a barb referencing an account from newswoman Lauren Sivan, who recalled the studio head masturbating into a plant in front of her. Corden said, “Harvey Weinstein wanted to come tonight, but he’ll settle for whatever potted plant is closest.”

After the comedian’s jokes were shared on social media, two of Weinstein’s victims and most vocal opponents, tore into Corden. Rose McGowan tweeted the video of his amfAR routine, along with a note calling him a “[expletive] pig.” Similarly, Asia Argento wrote, “Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him.” Now, Corden is saying he’s sorry.

He tweeted in back-to-back messages, “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.” Below is video of Corden’s jokes.

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