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Craig Revel Horwood apologises for controversial rape comments

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Craig Revel Horwood has been forced to apologise after public outcry over his recent appearance on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, during which he admitted that he “likes” watching televised rape scenes.

During the show, the 51-year-old was asked by Jimmy Carr whether he was a fan of HBO’s Game of Thrones – a show which has, in the past, been criticised by its use of nudity and violence.

“No,” said Horwood. “I persevered for the first series until the dragon came on and that’s when I switched off.

“[But] I liked all the sex scenes and the rape and I liked the cleavers through the skulls and I liked all of that, but I got very bored in the end.”

While the studio audience nervously tittered at Horwood’s comments, Aisling Bea, who was on the Strictly judge’s team, reacted in horror at his rape comment.


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When Horwood went on to add that he had become bored by the series, the Irish actor snapped: “What? When they weren’t raping anyone?”

Bea continued to direct her comments at the audience, with the 32-year-old asking them: “Am I the only one who heard that? What world are we living in? Oh, yes, Trump’s world. Fine, carry on.”

Comedian Katherine Ryan, who was also appearing on the show, also looked to be deeply troubled by Horwood’s comments.

Watch the controversial moment for yourself below:

Marilyn Hawes, the founder of Enough Abuse UK,  has called upon the BBC to sack Horwood after his horrifying remarks.

Speaking in a statement on behalf of the charity, she said: “Craig's comments are deeply disrespectful. Rape is the most devastating and vile crime and I would have to question him as a person and his merit as a judge on the Strictly Come Dancing panel, which is a family show.

“His comment would have enraged many women and men who have been raped. How could he say he liked that scene? I'm absolutely disgusted.”


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"You cannot have people on a family show with that mindset,” Hawes continued. “I think the BBC should get rid of him. It is so distressing for people who have been raped to hear that.

“I'm a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing. It's not a reflection on his ability as a judge or dancer, I enjoy watching him, however, it is going on in his mind, which is concerning.”

Aisling Bea was horrified by Horwood's comments

Aisling Bea was horrified by Horwood's comments

The Strictly judge, who has appeared on the show since it started in 2004, has since offered an apology.

“I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused by my comments," he told OK magazine.

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