Twitter users called Snow's 'One Foot In The Grave' joke 'crass' and 'in poor taste'
Channel 4 News reporter Jon Snow has been forced to apologise after attracting criticism for cracking a ‘crass’ joke during an interview about the late Alan Rickman.
Snow was speaking to One Foot In The Grave actor Richard Wilson, who worked with Rickman in the theatre, when he took the opportunity to reference the catchphrase of Wilson’s famous sitcom character, Victor Meldrew.
“Did you know [Alan Rickman] was dying?” Snow asked Wilson, to which the Victor Meldrew actor replied: “I did.” Snow then quipped: “So it wasn’t a case of ‘I don’t believe it’ then?” See in the Vine video below.
Although Wilson appeared to take the joke in good humour and continued with the interview, some viewers felt Snow had made an error of judgement. The joke was called “crass” and “in poor taste”.
Following the controversy, Snow took to Twitter to write: “I apologise unreservedly it was a mistake in the heat of a sad moment”.
Rickman, best known for his roles as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter films and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard, passed away on Thursday (January 14) in London.
His death was confirmed by his family. A family statement said: “The actor and director Alan Rickman has died from cancer at the age of 69. He was surrounded by family and friends.”
Following the sad news, the likes of JK Rowling, Stephen Fry and more paid tribute to Rickman.
Over the course of his 30-plus year career, Rickman had won a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.