Anyone hoping to see Tim Minchin performing on The Jonathan Ross Show tomorrow night will be sorely disappointed as ITV bosses have decided to axe the musical comic’s contribution to the programme.
Minchin had performed a satirical song comparing Jesus Christ to Woody Allen (see video above), which was due to air as part of Wossy’s chat show, but has now been pulled at the last minute.
“I knew [the song] would have to be gentle,” wrote Minchin on his website, adding that he did not believe that the piece was particularly contentious.
Nevertheless, “compliance people and producers and lawyers all checked my lyrics long before the cameras rolled,” said the comic.
The show was recorded on Tuesday last week, and Minchin claimed that ITV’s producers were happy with the final cut of the show before “someone got nervous and sent the tape to ITV’s director of television, Peter Fincham.”
“Peter Fincham demanded that I be cut from the show,” wrote the comic.
Minchin said: “He did this because he’s scared of the ranty, s**t-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way.”
An ITV spokesperson insisted that the song was cut because it “didn’t feel right for the show… but we do think Tim’s talented and would love to work with him on ITV shows again in the future.”
The comic added that he felt no animosity towards the show’s host, writing: “I really like Jonathan Ross. I think he’s a funny, interesting, kind person, and an excellent interviewer. I also really like his wife… But let’s not get back into that.”