Jokes told during the 24-hour LOLathon last month are to be subject to an OFCOM investigation after complaints from listeners.
The series of jokes about Essex girls during the Radio 1 broadcast last month are reportedly being looked into by the broadcast regulator for being of a ‘derogatory’ nature. OFCOM says they may have breached rules “on generally accepted standards.”
The jokes were read out by Scott Mills along with The Only Way Is Essex and reality TV star Bobby Norris.
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One joke that has landed the show into hot water included: “What’s the first thing an Essex girl does in the morning? Goes home”, “Why does an Essex girl wear knickers? To keep her ankles warm” and “What does an Essex girl say after her doctor tells her she is pregnant? Is it mine?”
The BBC responded to the story by explaining: “No offence was intended by the jokes that were broadcast during Radio 1’s 24 hour Lolathon to raise money for Comic Relief.” Over £250,000 was raised by the 24-hour stint.
Fans were quick to defend the jokes. Lee said: “Scott and Chris if you’re reading this I am fully supportive of you, and find it disgusting someone wants to complain about you raising money for poor homeless people.”