Over the weekend of 23 and 24 September, presenter and comedian Jimmy Carr has been under scrutiny. Carr took to X on Friday 22 September to share an extract from his Netflix special.
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In his caption the comedian confesses that he is ‘putting (his) American audience to the test’ of what he says are his ‘darkest jokes’. The clip has now, 25 September, gathered over 4,000 comments of people criticising the comedian.
But apart from his comedy, Carr is mostly known for his presenting of shows such as 8 out of 10 Cats or The Big Fat Quiz. His long-lasting career has allowed him to become one very rich presenter.
Jimmy Carr’s Netflix scandal
This special is not new. Indeed, it was released onto the streaming platform in 2021. However, it has resurfaced after the presenter shared a clip of it on X.
In the clip, Carr starts with a bit about how his show is going to be controversial. Indeed, he says:
What I’m saying onstage tonight is barely acceptable now. In ten years’ time, f*****g forget about it.
He then continues to make a joke about how future generations won’t know what a joke is. To carry his point across, Carr chooses to make light of the attempt of younger generations to be more accepting and caring when it comes to gender identity.
This ‘joke’ is one of the reasons why Carr is getting backlash. Comments on X read:
Wow, a non-binary joke. No one has ever done one of those before. Truly groundbreaking. So brave.
Waiting for the anti Semitic jokes, cuz y'all are usually not far off from making them after the LGBTQ jokes.
Moreover, people have commented on the fact that his jokes are simply unfunny.
Jimmy Carr’s net worth
While this comedy special is being slammed, Jimmy Carr’s career is not all drama. Indeed, the presenter has had a very long-lasting TV career which started in the 2000s.
Over the last twenty years, Carr has hosted numerous successful shows like The Big Fat Quiz, 8 out of 10 Cats and 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. He is also known for his stand-up comedy, where he started. His comedy is described as: ‘deadpan delivery of controversial one-liners’ which has attracted both praise and criticism over the years.
Nevertheless, his TV and comedy careers have allowed him to amass a net worth of £35 million. Part of this net worth is a reported £8.5million mansion in Primrose Hill.