Jo Brand acid attack joke axed by BBC from all future broadcasts

The BBC have announced Jo Brand 's controversial acid attack joke is set to be removed from all future broadcasts.

The comedian sparked a police investigation after she made a joke about throwing acid over politicians on BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy.

A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed that the recording, which can be heard on the Sounds platform and any future broadcast will be an edited version, without her comments.

The BBC have stood firmly behind Brand and defended her adding: "Jo Brand is a much loved comedian and very much part of the Radio 4 family – she will continue to be so."

Brand, 61, has since pointed out after calls for her to be sacked from the BBC that she can't be as they don't employ her.

Speaking to Victoria Coren Mitchell on the panel show on Tuesday night, the comedian was asked if we as a nation are “absolutely united in feeling we are living through a terrible time” in terms of the divisions being stoked over Brexit .

Brand responded by saying: “I would say that but that is because certain unpleasant characters are being thrown to the fore.

"And they are very very easy to hate. I am kind of thinking, why bother with a milkshake, when you could get some battery acid? That’s just me, sorry.

"I’m not gonna do it, it’s purely a fantasy, but I think milkshakes are pathetic, I honestly do. Sorry."

The London force said it was looking into her remark following an allegation of incitement to violence.

"Police have received an allegation of incitement to violence that was reported to the MPS on 13 June," said a Met spokesman.

"The allegation relates to comments made on a radio programme. The allegation is currently being assessed. There have been no arrests and enquiries are ongoing."

Scotland Yard said no arrests had been made, but that inquiries were ongoing.

After the comments were reported online, MEP Nigel Farage has called for police to take action over Jo Brand.

Farage recently had a milkshake thrown over him whilst out meeting the public and said of Jo's joke: "This is incitement of violence and the police need to act."

It's not believed the Brexit Party leader, or his team, reported Jo to police.

A BBC spokesperson said on Wednesday: "Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously."

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it has received 65 complaints about the episode of Heresy.

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