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James Corden apologises after Weinstein jokes backfire

JAMES Corden has apologised for a series of jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein at a charity event on Saturday.

Weinstein has been fired from his own company and removed from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences due to extensive sexual harassment allegations dating back decades.

While hosting the annual amfAR (American Foundation for Aids Research) gala on Saturday, Corden attempted to joke about the allegations against Weinstein.

Opening his speech by saying the night was "beautiful," he then said: "It's so beautiful, Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage."

When the audience were audibly unimpressed with the joke, Corden said: "I don't know if whether that groan was because you liked that joke or don't like that joke. If you don't like that joke, you should probably leave now."

He continued: "It's been weird this week watching Harvey Weinstein in hot water. Ask any of the women who watched him take a bath, it's weird," he said.

Many were unimpressed with Corden's jokes, taking to social media to condemn the UK comedian.

Corden has apologised on Twitter, saying "sexual assault is no laughing matter".

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