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BBC apologises for comedian Tommy Tiernan's Arlene Foster remarks

The BBC apologised for comments comedian Tommy Tiernan made about DUP leader Arlene Foster
Staff Reporter

THE BBC has apologised for a joke Co Donegal-born comedian Tommy Tiernan made on Radio Foyle about DUP leader Arlene Foster.

During a conversation on the Mark Patterson show on Tuesday, Tiernan said of Mrs Foster: "If she wasn't in politics I can see her working single handedly on a tiny little farm in south Fermanagh driving cattle up some country lane".

Giving an impression of the DUP leader's voice he said: "Go on you pups, you fenian ba****ds ye, go up you fenian...

"Friesian Arlene, they are called Friesian Arlene," he said in his own voice.

"I'll call them what I want," he replied, reverting to his impression of Mrs Foster.

After the interview host Patterson apologised for the comments, adding: "Tommy is, I suppose that kind of talent in terms of what he does."

The BBC later apologised and said the language used was "clearly inappropriate".

The broadcaster has since removed the section of the programme from its iPlayer catch-up service.

"The language used by our guest was clearly inappropriate," a BBC spokesman said. "We unreservedly apologise for its use and any offence caused. This section of the programme has been removed for our catch up services."

Tiernan's management have been contacted for comment.

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